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10 Ways To Become a Millionaire by Age 30

10 Ways To Become a Millionaire by Age 30

It may seem like an impossible goal to be a millionaire at any stage of your life. However, that isn’t true. The earlier you start making smart financial decisions, the more likely you are destined to being a part of the millionaires club later in life. However, we are in an age where simply storing money away doesn’t garner more in the future. You have to employ a combination of methods that not only set aside money you contribute, but also compounds it with interest. Today, we will talk about ten ways you can grow your net worth for a more stable future.

If you’re born poor, it’s not your mistake. But if you die poor, it is your mistake.”

– Bill Gates

Increase Your Income

The first step to becoming a millionaire is having the capital to fund your investments that will compound your money. To get this money, legally, you’ll need a stable job. You should work to always make yourself marketable as a way of not only maintaining your current job, but moving up the ladder to a better position or company. If you are in the technology sector, consider to stay on top of tech news and improvements. Even if you are outside of the tech industry, learning a few technical skills can improve your income. Always focus on increasing your income, even if you are currently comfortable.

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Live Frugally

You may feel that individuals who are millionaires are the ones who drive flashy cars and own the latest gadgets. That isn’t true in most cases, and shouldn’t be in your case if you are looking to work your way to millionaire status. To maintain your income’s growth, this is the time when you have to seek out the clearance rack or sales. Never accept retail price, it simply isn’t worth it. This is the case in grocery stores, shopping malls, the internet, or even club/gym memberships.

Plan to Invest

You may feel that your piggy bank of savings is smart saving. However, it truly isn’t. All you are doing is have your money sit there unproductively. It isn’t gaining interest. This is the case even for many standard savings accounts. Simply having a savings account isn’t enough, but it is a good start.

When saving it is important to remember to save to invest, not save to save. Look into ways in which you can get started creating a portfolio of investments for yourself. Etrade is a great start that is easy to navigate. Acorns is also an up-and-coming option that makes diversified investing more approachable for the common individual.

Shed Unproductive Debt

There is no such thing as good debt. Even “good debt” as some coin it is still money that you don’t have easy access to and doesn’t have the 100% guarantee is materializing into a profit later on (a house, for example). However, there are examples of productive and unproductive debt as I will coin it. Productive debt can be a credit card. Yes, every time you swipe a credit card, you are creating debt because it doesn’t get paid off until you pay your statement.

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However, if you spend within your means or only on certain expenses, many credit cards come with reward dollars or cash-back. This is the credit card (one, not multiple), that you should seek. It’s technically free money ($6 back on $200 of groceries, for example). These reward and cash-back dollars add up and can result in savings. Below is a list of three great cash-back credit cards:

Manage Your Money

The only way to grow your money is to know where it all is and where it’s going out. Download the Mint application for your smartphone. This will allow you to stay on top of your (almost) total net worth from your bank accounts, credit cards, and investments. While not all financial services and institutions are supported yet, it gives you a detailed look at the financial aspects of your daily life. Set up isn’t very lengthy and once set up, it updates automatically whenever you open the application. Having a holistic look at your finances makes savings easier and even offers an incentive to save.

Follow the 50/20/30 Budget

Once you get your pay check, every cent of your money should be earmarked or you’ll find yourself spending like crazy. You may feel it’s daunting to have to spend every cent of your pay check each month. However, to spend in this case isn’t to hit the stores. Instead, allocating is a better term. With the 50/20/30 budget created by Elizabeth Warren, 50 percent of your income goes to the essentials (groceries, rent, essential utilities), 20 percent goes to savings (savings account, portfolio additions, Roth IRA contributions etc), and the remaining 30 percent goes to what is considered “lifestyle choices). This includes restaurants, your cell phone, clothing, etc. Below, we have an example for a individual earning $51,000 a year:

Base Salary – $51,000

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After Taxes (25%) – $38,250

  • Essentials (50%) – $1593.75/month
    • Utilities – $80
    • Groceries – $250
    • Gas – $80
    • Rent – $1000
  • Savings (20%) – $637.50/month
  • Savings Account – $300
  • Loan Repayments – $200
  • IRA/Portfolio Fund – $100
  • Discretionary Spending (30%) – $956.25/month

Grab the Free Money

It is amazing how much free money is ignored by individuals. One of the most common ignored sources of free money are programs offered through your employer. Some can be in the form of student loan payment assistance. For other employers, there is the option of a 401K contribution match.

For example, if you contribute X amount each month, your employer will match the contribution either by 100 percent or even at least 50 percent. While usually to a certain limit, around $6000, that’s six thousand dollars you didn’t have before and wouldn’t have had if you didn’t ask. Make sure you stay informed on these options, not just before getting hired, but also periodically. Many times, such programs can be added later on.

Keep Accounts Manageable

As we mentioned before, managing your accounts through services like Mint is smart. However, having a ton of multiple accounts and cards can not only be confusing, it could hinder you from becoming a millionaire sooner. While diversifying income streams is great, outgoing streams should be kept as simple as possible. Multiple credit cards can mean having to keep up with multiple due dates, and in many cases, multiple credit pulls. Along with possible monthly or yearly fees, these multiple outgoing streams can even encourage you to spend more than you intend.

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Save for the Right Reasons

Just as we mentioned before, to save for investments, it is also important to ensure that you saving in multiple departments with a goal in mind. While you savings and investment accounts are multiplying with the goal of becoming a millionaire by 30, you day-to-day savings should have a reason as well. You may remember the multiple times you encounter a sell on shoes and because it is 25 percent off last week’s price, you feel that you are making a good economic decision by buying this sale item.

Not exactly! Those shoes aren’t something you necessarily need, and the $X you spend on your shoes is still an outgoing expense that could be saved or utilized elsewhere. While enjoying that 30 percent of your 50/20/30 budget is important, it’s still important to bargain hunt with a purpose. Gain satisfaction through the deals you gain on bills, groceries, and household necessities, not clothing or other expenses that wouldn’t have been in your scope of attention before the sale appeared.

Be Committed

In the end, you have to be committed to this goal. It is a long-term goal that will continue to go on well after you make your first $1 Million. It’s important to not live with the hope of dying with $1 Million net worth, but to have a $10 Million or even $15 Million net worth.

Aiming high ($10 Million) makes still exceptional goals ($1 Million) more possible. Having an individual (a family member or friend) who you can attest is doing well financially can be a great way to ensure you are on the right track. Everything they say can’t be taken word-for-word, everyone’s economic situation is subjective. But having them as a role model will ensure that you aren’t in this alone.

Let us know in the comments below which way to $1,000,000 by 30 is easy for you to take on today.

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Published on September 17, 2018

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

2. When you want something big, wait

Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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So, you get the itch.

You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

Here’s where you have to take a step back.

Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

3. Live smaller than you can afford

You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

4. Practice smart grocery shopping

Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

Create a grocery budget

Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

Make a list… and never deviate

Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

Eat before going grocery shopping

It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

5. Cancel your gym membership

Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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