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10 Ways Rich People Think About Money Differently

10 Ways Rich People Think About Money Differently

Financial gurus say, “To become rich, do rich people things.”  Here are ten ways you can start doing “rich people things” and stop watching your hard-earned money flow out of your bank account.

1. They get out of debt.

Duh, right?  Debt is the enemy to building wealth.  Debt is Lord Voldemort.  It will kill and destroy your money.  You should get rid of even small, monthly payments.  Start by figuring out exactly how much you owe, and decide what you’re going to tackle first.

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2. They know how much they save.

Do you know what your annual savings rate is?  Rich people do.  It doesn’t have to be exact, or down to the penny, but you should know how much of your salary you usually save or invest.

3. They know how much they spend.

How much are your monthly utilities?  How much do you usually spend at restaurants?  By figuring out these things, you will be able to find ways to save and invest more.  So, track your spending over the next couple months.  After you’ve seen where your money is going, you will have a better idea of what you can cut.

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4. They think long term.

Where do you want to be in 5, 10, or 20 years?  Wherever that is, you need to start planning for it today.  Rich people don’t say things like, “I want new shoes, I’m going to spend the last of my paycheck on them.”  They think long term about where they want to be, and they make savings goals to get there.

5. They make their money work for them.

My dream is to figure out how to make money while I sleep.  Doesn’t that sound amazing?  Well, rich people do that.  They invest in stocks, real estate, companies, etc. and make their money work for them.

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6. They diversify their income.

Nothing will make you feel more secure at work than having another stream of income, and it will help your bank account, too.  Having a few side hustles will make your bank account grow—and it gives you less time to spend your money, which increases your savings.

7. They aren’t afraid to get help.

It could be your brother, your sister, or even your best friend’s parents, but you should find someone who you think handles money well, and ask them how they do it.  Also, there are a ton of great online resources you should check out.  In addition, you can go to financial planners and find out what they suggest.  You’re probably not going to find all your answers in one spot, and that’s fine.  Just keep searching until you find something that works for you.

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8. They figure out goals for their money.

You need goals.  You need something to strive for at every step of your financial journey.  Are you working on getting out of debt?  Then you should have a big “get out of debt goal.”  You should also break down your big goal into smaller pieces.  For example, “pay off a credit card, pay off $5,000 in student loans, or pay off half of your car.”  By making these smaller goals you will stay motivated to getting to your bigger goal.

9. They realize getting rich is a process.

It’s not going to happen overnight, but by making a plan and sticking with it, you will eventually get there.

10. They don’t want what other people have.

You know the couple with the amazing house?  You know the girl with the awesome car?  Most of them aren’t rich.  They may have good incomes, but they’re most likely buried in payments.  Trying to get these things will make you the same way.  You will be buried in payments, but you won’t be making progress on your net worth.  Decide what you want more, wealth or things?

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Last Updated on March 4, 2019

How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt

How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt

Many people will suggest that the best thing to do with your credit cards during these tough economic times is to cut them up with a pair of scissors. Indeed, if you are already in huge debt, you probably should stop using them and begin a payback strategy immediately. However, if you are not currently in trouble with your credit cards, there are wise ways to use them.

I happen to really love my credit cards so I will share with you my approach to how I use mine without getting into deep financial trouble.

Ever since about 1983 when I got my first Visa card, I continue to charge as many of my purchases as possible on credit. Everything from gas, groceries and monthly payments for services like my cable and home security monitoring are charged on credit. Despite my heavy usage, I have maintained the joy of never paying any interest fees at all on any of my credit cards.

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Here are some tips on how best to use your credit cards without falling into the trap of paying those nasty double-digit interest fees.

Do Not Treat Credit Cards as Your Funding Sources

Too many people treat their credit cards as funding sources for major purchases. Do not do this if you want to stay out of trouble. I use my credit cards as convenient financial instruments so I do not have to carry around much cash. In fact, I hate carrying cash, especially coins. When you buy things on credit, the purchases are clean and you will not get annoying coins back as change.

I do not rely on my Visa, MasterCard or American Express to fund any of my purchases, large or small. This brings me to my golden rule when it comes to whether I will pull out any of my credit cards either at a retail or online store.

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I never purchase anything with my credit cards if I do not have the actual cash on hand in my bank account.

If I really cannot pay for the item or service with cash that I already have at the bank, then I simply will not make the purchase. Remember, my credit cards are not used as funding sources. They are just convenient alternatives to actual cash in my pocket.

Make Sure to Always Pay Off Balances in Full Each Month

The next very important part of my overall strategy is to make absolutely sure that I pay the balances in full each and every month no matter how large they are. This should never be a problem if the cash has been budgeted for my purchases and secured in the bank. I have always paid my full balances each month ever since my very first credit card and this is why I never pay interest charges.

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Using Credit Cards with Rewards

Most of my credit cards are of the “no annual fees” type, including one MasterCard on a separate account I keep at home as a spare in case I lose my wallet or incur any fraudulent charges. However, I do use a main Visa card which does have an annual fee because all purchases on that card reward me with airline frequent flyer points. For me, the annual fee is worth it since I do travel and I get enough points to redeem many free flights.

You have to decide for yourself if you will charge enough purchases on credit each year without paying interest charges to warrant a credit card that rewards you with airline points (or other rewards). In my case, the answer is “yes” but that might not be the case for you.

I occasionally use a MasterCard or American Express card on small purchases just to keep those accounts active. Also, I have been to the odd retailer that accepted only a certain type of credit card, so I find that having one from each major company is quite handy. Aside from my main Visa card which earns the airline points, the rest of my cards are of the “no annual fees” variety.

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So this is how I use my credit cards without getting into any financial trouble with them. This strategy is recommended only if you are not in debt, of course. In fact, it is worth keeping in mind once you’re out of debt so that you can keep your credit cards active and treat them responsibly.

What are your credit card usage strategies? Let me know in the comments — I’d love to hear what methods you use.

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