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10 Things Financially Happy People Do Differently

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10 Things Financially Happy People Do Differently

Face it–money is one of the biggest sources of stress in most people’s lives. You can’t live without it, but worrying about it all the time can make you go crazy! Here are ten things financially happy people do differently. Read up and follow their lead so you can be financially happy, too.

1. They take steps to reach their goals.

Financially happy people realize you don’t have to accomplish everything all at once. So you can’t buy a car with cash–why not start saving up for a used one? Break every financial goal you have into steps, and you’ll see how easy it actually is to achieve.

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2. They don’t obsess over their bank balances.

Money makes you crazy because you can’t stop thinking about it. It’s understandable, when living paycheck to paycheck, to worry about how much money you have to live on. But obsessing won’t change the number on that bank statement. Financially happy people, whether they have money or not, don’t obsess over their bank balances. They push it to the back of their minds and focus on other things, like making said money, to keep from stressing themselves out over something they can’t easily change.

3. They spend within a budget.

Financially happy people know how much they make each month, and they know how much they have to spend. They allot enough money to pay their necessary bills, and make sure to not overspending whatever is leftover.

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4. They pay off credit balances to maintain good credit.

Financially happy people don’t have debt hanging over their heads. They pay down credit card bills every month to keep their credit scores up. Good credit scores that, by the way, will help them achieve more of those financial goals mentioned in step one.

5. They plan for financial misfortune.

No one wants it to happen, no one expects it to happen, but misfortunes will come your way. It might be a car accident, it might be a tree damaging your roof, or it might be getting laid off from your job. It’s going to be scary and will put you in a bad place, financially. But financially happy people worry about these troubles a little less. They’ve planned ahead for such misfortunes, and have at least six months of money in savings to live off of, in case they’re unable to work or need to make an unexpected major purchase.

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    6. They don’t buy impulsively.

    Shopping sprees might make you feel better when you’re down, but they’re not necessary. Financially happy people don’t buy impulsively. They don’t go out and buy three new pairs of shoes–they buy one, and only when they need them. This doesn’t mean they’re frugal or cheap, they just don’t make impulse purchases, which is usually when you pay more for something that’s worth less, just because you want it right then.

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    7. They find satisfaction with what they have.

    Another reason financially happy people don’t buy impulsively is because they’re happy with what they have. They don’t want to own the latest and greatest in technology, and they don’t need a closet overflowing with clothes. They realize those things aren’t as important as financial stability, so they curb the desire to spend money on such things.

    8. They’re smart borrowers.

    Financially stable people research all options before taking out a loan. This way, they’re not stuck paying an insanely high interest rate for the next twenty years. They make sure they understand all terms and shop around to get the loan that fits exactly what they need, and they don’t take on a payment that’s more than they can afford.

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    9. They don’t avoid retirement planning.

    When you’re in your twenties, retirement planning sounds crazy. It’s so far in the future that you can’t imagine needing it. Or maybe you think that it’s better to have access to that money now, instead of putting it away for forty years down the line. Financially happy people see it differently. They realize that this money is an investment, and it’s going to pay off when they need it most.

    10. They don’t give up.

    Don’t let money get you down. Anything is possible if you work for it. Financially happy people don’t see their bank balance and give up all their saving, goal-making, and retirement planning. They don’t go out and blow whatever money they have left, or start taking out loans from fly-by-night companies. They don’t get depressed, and they don’t give up. It’s always possible to turn over a new leaf and start saving your money and spending it smartly.

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    Last Updated on January 5, 2022

    33 Painless Ways to Save Money Now

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    33 Painless Ways to Save Money Now

    In a difficult economy, most of us are looking for ways to put more money in our pockets, but we don’t want to feel like misers. We don’t want to drastically alter our lifestyles either. We want it fast and we want it easy. Small savings can add up and big savings can feel like winning the lottery, just without all of the taxes.

    Some easy ways to save money:

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    1. Online rebate sites. Many online sites offer cash back rebates and online coupons as well. MrRebates and Ebates are two I like, but there are many others.
    2. Sign up for customer rewards. Many of your favorite stores offer customer rewards on products you already buy. Take advantage.
    3. Switch to compact fluorescent bulbs. The extra cost up front is worth the energy savings later on.
    4. Turn off power strips and electronic devices when not in use.
    5. Buy a programmable thermostat. Set it to lower the heat or raise the AC when you’re not home.
    6. Make coffee at home. Those lattes and caramel macchiatos add up to quite a bit of dough over the year.
    7. Switch banks. Shop around for better interest rates, lower fees and better customer perks. Don’t forget to look for free online banking and ease of depositing and withdrawing money.
    8. Clip coupons: Saving a couple dollars here and there can start to add up. As long as you’re going to buy the products anyway, why not save money?
    9. Pack your lunch. Bring your lunch to work with you a few days a week, rather than buy it.
    10. Eat at home. We’re busier than ever, but cooking meals at home is healthier and much cheaper than take-out or going out. Plus, with all of the freezer and pre-made options, it’s almost as fast as drive-thru.
    11. Have leftovers night. Save your leftovers from a few meals and have a “leftover dinner.” It’s a free meal!
    12. Buy store brands: Many generic or store brands are actually just as good as name brands and considerably cheaper.
    13. Ditch bottled water. Drink tap water if it’s good quality, buy a filter if it’s not. Get 
        a reusable water bottle and refill it.
      • Avoid vending machines: The items are usually over-priced.
      • Take in a matinee. Afternoon movie showings are cheaper than evening times.
      • Re-examine your cable bill. Cancel extra cable or satellite channels you don’t watch. Watch the “on demand” movie purchases too.
      • Use online bill pay. Most banks offer free online bill paying. Save on stamps and checks, and avoid late fees by automating bill payment.
      • Buy frequently used items in bulk. You get a lower per item price and eliminate extra trips to the store later on.
      • Fully utilize the library. Borrowing books is much cheaper than buying them, but in addition to books, most local libraries now lend movies and games.
      • Cancel magazine/newspaper subscriptions: Re-evaluate your subscriptions. Cancel those you don’t read and consider reading some of the other publications online.
      • Get rid of your land-line. Do you really need a land-line anymore if everyone in the family has a cell phone? Alternatively, look into using VOIP or getting a cheaper plan.
      • Better fuel efficiency. Check the air pressure in your tires, keep up with proper auto maintenance, and slow down. Driving even 5MPH slower will result in better fuel mileage.
      • Increase your deductibles. Increasing the insurance deductibles on your homeowners and auto insurance policies lowers premiums significantly. Just make sure you choose a deductible that you can afford should an emergency happen.
      • Choose lunch over dinner. If you do want to dine out occasionally, go at lunchtime rather than dinnertime. Lunch prices are usually cheaper.
      • Buy used:  Whether it’s something small like a vintage dress or a video game or something big like a car or furniture, consider buying it used. You can often get “nearly new” for a fraction of the cost.
      • Stick to the list. Make a list before you go shopping and don’t buy anything that’s not on the list unless it’s a once in a lifetime, killer deal.
      • Tame the impulse. Use a self-enforced waiting period whenever you’re tempted to make an unplanned purchase. Wait for a week and see if you still want the item.
      • Don’t be afraid to ask. Ask to have fees waived, ask for a discount, ask for a lower interest rate on your credit card.
      • Repair rather than replace. You can find directions on how to fix almost anything on the internet. Do your homework, and then bring out your inner handyman.
      • Trade with your neighbors. Borrow tools or equipment that you use infrequently and swap things like babysitting with your neighbors.
      • Swap online. Use sites like PaperBack Swap to trade books, music, and movies with others online. Also, look for local community sites like Freecycle where people give away items they no longer need.
      • Cut back on the meat. Try eating a one or two meatless meals every week or cut back on the meat portions. Meat is usually the most expensive part of the meal.
      • Comparison shop: Get in the habit of checking prices before you buy. See if you can get a better price at another store or look online.

      Remember that saving money is not about being cheap or stingy; it’s about putting money into your bank account rather than giving it to someone else. There are many ways to save money, some you’ve never thought of, and some that won’t appeal or apply to you. Just pick a few of the ideas that sound doable and watch the savings add up. Save big, save small, but save wherever you can.

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