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5 Tips To Save More Money

5 Tips To Save More Money

Money is something we need to survive in this world. Having money doesn’t necessarily equate to being rich, but it can be a part of the journey. Due to these volatile economic times and rising inflation rates, the cost of living has skyrocketed and has made survival more difficult than ever before. We cannot sustain our lives while making minimum wage, so other avenues to making money must always be implanted in your mind. Regardless of the income you make, there are always ways to save if finances are managed wisely. Saving is a matter of making calculations, planning, and preparing.

1. Set Reasonable Limits

Impulse buying has plagued our spending habits for years. If you know you’re about to get paid, don’t spend the money before you receive it. Calculate the percentages of what needs to go towards living expenses and make sure everything is paid on time. Once you begin to get behind on payments, life can become difficult to navigate, and you can feel like you’re on a downward slope. Combat these problems by preventing them from happening with mindful spending.

We don’t need a lot to be happy in this life. The necessities are food, clothing, transportation costs (public transit, automobile maintenance, gas), and shelter. Once those things are paid for, everything else is a luxury that too many of us take for granted every day. And being able to have those luxuries is a blessing, but don’t use them as an excuse to splurge.

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Ask yourself this question before spending money on items you want but don’t need: will my future self be happy with this purchase that I’m about to make? If the initial answer is no, you are doing yourself a favor and decreasing stress levels and anxiety by refusing to put yourself in a turbulent situation. Have a purpose for every dollar you make. Stop falling into the trap of buying useless products due to propaganda and advertising. Show some constraint and your life will start changing.

2. Invest In Yourself

Whenever you get a check, a certain percentage of that check should be treated like it’s radioactive. This money shouldn’t be touched unless there are exigent circumstances that need to be ameliorated.

Deposit the money in a high-interest savings account, a TFSA (tax-free savings account), or invest it in an RESP (registered education savings plan) if you plan to attend an academic institution in the future — or if you might have children that will. Another good investment is an RSP (retirement savings plan), which ensures money is safely secured for your future. Both these options of an RESP and RSP are long-term investments. They enable stability and help you build a stronger financial portfolio.

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Having a social life is necessary to maintain your health and wellbeing. Common activities are going to various events, dining out, and seeing movies. All of these variables can leave a hole in your pocket if they’re frequented too much. Your friends will understand if you sit out on certain social functions. And if they don’t understand, then they aren’t your friends and you should extricate yourself from them immediately. Use this time that you would normally spend with your friends to educate yourself and discover new things. You may end up having a revelation that causes you to invest money and start making more of it.

The greatest ideas are created by the imagination in times of reflection and solitude. Be a little bit more selfish and really appreciate your alone time, because there will be moments in your life that it won’t be apparent. Taking out this time for yourself really allows you to evaluate your life and prevents you from spending money on products you don’t need.

Don’t forget that health is your biggest investment, so don’t cut back on spending that pertains to your health. You won’t be able to enjoy the beauty of life without maintaining good health, so be adamant and diligent when the expenditure pertains to your health. Cutting corners in spending will only hurt you in the long term. Short-term fixes tend to exacerbate the problems that were already present.

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3. Develop A Fiancial Plan

Having professional help is definitely a bonus, but you don’t necessarily need expert advice to manage your money effectively. Start by tracking your spending habits. Write down daily expenses and look back on what’s costing you the most money. If it isn’t health related, food, clothing, or shelter, then you are splurging on something that must be stopped. These habits can be very difficult to break, but you must remind yourself that saving money is more important than giving in to your foolish desires. Everyone makes mistakes when it comes to spending money, the key is to minimize those mistakes by setting objectives and being conscious.

Save your receipts so you can write down your spending patterns for each day of the week. Figure out what needs to be changed and what can remain. There are always methods to improve our spending habits.

4. Treat Yourself

You deserve to reward yourself after successfully launching a new financial plan. Either buy small items that add up to something large or one luxury item that you desire. Having a purpose for every dollar is important, but living life is a more satisfying alternative. Knowing your financial standpoint will allow you to track your spending on treating yourself, so you won’t be coaxed into going overboard.

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5. Smart Individuals Make Money Work For Them

Yes, you must have some type of occupation to accumulate an income. But that doesn’t mean you’re subjected to what you do for money. This is only the inception to expand your horizons to greater things. The reason why affluent people maintain their wealth is due to their meticulously crafted management.

They don’t spend nearly as much time trying to make money as the average person would do. They devote the majority of their time to figuring out, learning, and discovering how to manage their money better so it works for them. They are focused on ROI (return of investment) instead of fixating their minds on how much money they can make. It’s all about what you decide to put in that determines the value of the return you receive. It’s these little, minute details that separate the wealthy from the poor. They have designed a methodology that works for them instead of against. Time is money, but if the clock is working against you, then how you expect to turn a profit? Making money work for you is all about putting time on your side. Making more than you spend is the key to strategically saving.

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Published on November 8, 2018

How to Answer the Tough Question: What are Your Salary Requirements?

How to Answer the Tough Question: What are Your Salary Requirements?

After a few months of hard work and dozens of phone calls later, you finally land a job opportunity.

But then, you’re asked about your salary requirements and your mind goes blank. So, you offer a lower salary believing this will increase your odds at getting hired.

Unfortunately, this is the wrong approach.

Your salary requirements can make or break your odds at getting hired. But only if you’re not prepared.

Ask for a salary too high with no room for negotiation and your potential employer will not be able to afford you. Aim too low and employers will perceive as you offering low value. The trick is to aim as high as possible while keeping both parties feel happy.

Of course, you can’t command a high price without bringing value.

The good news is that learning how to be a high-value employee is possible. You have to work on the right tasks to grow in the right areas. Here are a few tactics to negotiate your salary requirements with confidence.

1. Hack time to accomplish more than most

Do you want to get paid well for your hard work? Of course you do. I hate to break it to you, but so do most people.

With so much competition, this won’t be an easy task to achieve. That’s why you need to become a pro at time management.

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Do you know how much free time you have? Not the free time during your lunch break or after you’ve finished working at your day job. Rather, the free time when you’re looking at your phone or watching your favorite TV show.

Data from 2017 shows that Americans spend roughly 3 hours watching TV. This is time poorly spent if you’re not happy with your current lifestyle. Instead, focus on working on your goals whenever you have free time.

For example, if your commute to/from work is 1 hour, listen to an educational Podcast. If your lunch break is 30 minutes, read for 10 to 15 minutes. And if you have a busy life with only 30–60 minutes to spare after work, use this time to work on your personal goals.

Create a morning routine that will set you up for success every day. Start waking up 1 to 2 hours earlier to have more time to work on your most important tasks. Use tools like ATracker to break down which activities you’re spending the most time in.

It won’t be easy to analyze your entire day, so set boundaries. For example, if you have 4 hours of free time each day, spend at least 2 of these hours working on important tasks.

2. Set your own boundaries

Having a successful career isn’t always about the money. According to Gallup, about 70% of employees aren’t satisfied with their current jobs.[1]

Earning more money isn’t a bad thing, but choosing a higher salary over the traits that are the most important to you is. For example, if you enjoy spending time with your family, reject job offers requiring a lot of travel.

Here are some important traits to consider:

  • Work and life balance – The last thing you’d want is a job that forces you to work 60+ hours each week. Unless this is the type of environment you’d want. Understand how your potential employer emphasizes work/life balance.
  • Self-development opportunities – Having the option to grow within your company is important. Once you learn how to do your tasks well, you’ll start becoming less engaged. Choose a company that encourages employee growth.
  • Company culture – The stereotypical cubicle job where one feels miserable doesn’t have to be your fate. Not all companies are equal in culture. Take, for example, Google, who invests heavily in keeping their employees happy.[2]

These are some of the most important traits to look for in a company, but there are others. Make it your mission to rank which traits are important to you. This way you’ll stop applying to the wrong companies and stay focused on what matters to you more.

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3. Continuously invest in yourself

Investing in yourself is the best investment you can make. Cliche I know, but true nonetheless.

You’ll grow as a person and gain confidence with the value you’ll be able to bring to others. Investing in yourself doesn’t have to be expensive. For example, you can read books to expand your knowledge in different fields.

Don’t get stuck into the habit of reading without a purpose. Instead, choose books that will help you expand in a field you’re looking to grow. At the same time, don’t limit yourself to reading books in one subject–create a healthy balance.

Podcasts are also a great medium to learn new subjects from experts in different fields. The best part is they’re free and you can consume them on your commute to/from work.

Paid education makes sense if you have little to no debt. If you decide to go back to school, be sure to apply for scholarships and grants to have the least amount of debt. Regardless of which route you take to make it a habit to grow every day.

It won’t be easy, but this will work to your advantage. Most people won’t spend most of their free time investing in themselves. This will allow you to grow faster than most, and stand out from your competition.

4. Document the value you bring

Resumes are a common way companies filter employees through the hiring process. Here’s the big secret: It’s not the only way you can showcase your skills.

To request for a higher salary than most, you have to do what most are unwilling to do. Since you’re already investing in yourself, make it a habit to showcase your skills online.

A great way to do this is to create your own website. Pick your first and last name as your domain name. If this domain is already taken, get creative and choose one that makes sense.

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Here are some ideas:

  • joesmith.com
  • joeasmith.com
  • joesmithprojects.com

Nowadays, building a website is easy. Once you have your website setup, begin producing content. For example, if you a developer you can post the applications you’re building.

During your interviews, you’ll have an online reference to showcase your accomplishments. You can use your accomplishments to justify your salary requirements. Since most people don’t do this, you’ll have a higher chance of employers accepting your offer

5. Hide your salary requirements

Avoid giving you salary requirements early in the interview process.

But if you get asked early, deflect this question in a non-defensive manner. Explain to the employer that you’d like to understand your role better first. They’ll most likely agree with you; but if they don’t, give them a range.

The truth is great employers are more concerned about your skills and the value you bring to the company. They understand that a great employee is an investment, able to earn them more than their salary.

Remember that a job interview isn’t only for the employer, it’s also for you. If the employer is more interested in your salary requirements, this may not be a good sign. Use this question to gauge if the company you’re interviewing is worth working for.

6. Do just enough research

Research average salary compensation in your industry, then wing it.

Use tools like Glassdoor to research the average salary compensation for your industry. Then leverage LinkedIn’s company data that’s provided with its Pro membership. You can view a company’s employee growth and the total number of job openings.

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Use this information to make informed decisions when deciding on your salary requirements. But don’t limit yourself to the average salary range. Companies will usually pay you more for the value you have.

Big companies will often pay more than smaller ones.[3] Whatever your desired salary amount is, always ask for a higher amount. Employers will often reject your initial offer. In fact, offer a salary range that’ll give you and your employer enough room to negotiate.

7. Get compensated by your value

Asking for the salary you deserve is an art. On one end, you have to constantly invest in yourself to offer massive value. But this isn’t enough. You also have to become a great negotiator.

Imagine requesting a high salary and because you bring a lot of value, employers are willing to pay you this. Wouldn’t this be amazing?

Most settle for average because they’re not confident with what they have to offer. Most don’t invest in themselves because they’re not dedicated enough. But not you.

You know you deserve to get paid well, and you’re willing to put in the work. Yet, you won’t sacrifice your most important values over a higher salary.

The bottom line

You’ve got what it takes to succeed in your career. Invest in yourself, learn how to negotiate, and do research. The next time you’re asked about your salary requirements, you won’t fumble.

You’ll showcase your skills with confidence and get the salary you deserve. What’s holding you back now?

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