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7 Things You Haven’t Tried To Make Yourself Rich

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7 Things You Haven’t Tried To Make Yourself Rich

What have you tried to make yourself rich? Maybe you’ve tried getting a new job or asking for a promotion, playing the lotto, buying a house, maxing out your 401K, or something else. What if there were simpler things you could do to make yourself rich? You can do some of the tips below in your pajamas, others you’d have to take some external action. Here are several ideas, including a few you may not have even tried yet:

1. Give money or donate

Donating money shows that you believe money is good. It is not only a thing to pay a bill or buy a car with, but multiplied with the money of others it can influence somebody else’s life. It’s self-empowering. Giving money away also nurtures the feeling of gratefulness, another way to build the right mindset for more money.

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2. Appreciate what you already have

Yes, gratefulness again. Most of the world’s richest, including Oprah Winfrey, have touted the importance of making a gratitude list everyday. It keeps your brain fine tuned to looking for what’s right in your life, instead of what’s wrong.

3. Have a plan or vision

Statistics show that working a 9-5 is rarely the to path to riches. Starting your own business and succeeding at it can make you rich. Even a home-based business can grow to millions. One example of that is the makeup millionaire, Mary Kay. If you need help, enlist a life coach or mentor who can guide your steps on the path to making yourself rich.

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4. Play money games

You’re probably taking money too seriously. You get it, spend it, cry over it, curse it, and ask for more. No wonder money seems elusive. Why not have a little fun with it? Here are a few ideas:

  • Keep $100 in your pocket at all times and don’t use it. The feeling it sends to your brain will be a sense of security that you already have what you need.
  • Write a pretend “check” for $1,000 today and pretend to spend it. Write a $2,000 check the next day, then $3,000 and so on. You’d be surprised how hard it is to think of things to spend your money on outside of bills and savings.
  • For more games, check out some books by Esther Hicks.

5. Read

Devour all the money inspiration books you can. Not just spirituality-based money books, but business books too. Find out how others make their money, how they spend it, and multiply it. Soak it all up!

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6. Talk to your future self

This technique has been around for a long time. It works by imagining yourself in the future–in six months, a year, five years, and so on down the line. Ask your future self how they solved your current problems. Ask your future self for support. It may feel uncomfortable at first, but many athletes use this for motivation and focus.

7. Start a daily practice

What do you do first thing in the mornings? Do you have a routine that you do at any particular time of the day? Cultivate a daily practice that is the same every day. Write down three things you want to create and a gratitude list. This is a good, simple start. Do it every day until you are comfortable enough to add something else. You’ll soon start to see money creep up in small chunks, like change on the ground or unexpected checks. Eventually, as you build momentum, money and ideas will seem to be all around you.

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You can make yourself rich internally. As your brain catches up with the feelings, opportunities will abound. When they come up, you have to take some sort of external action to realize your potential and vision. If you’re not rich yet, but are still breathing, you still have a chance to change your life.

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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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