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Change your Mindset for a Great 2009: Create the Abundance Mindset

Change your Mindset for a Great 2009: Create the Abundance Mindset

 

Create the Abundance Mindset

    How do you do that?  You give away what you got.

    It’s not that complicated, really.

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    Short on time?

    Some people are always running out of time – like it was cash or something.  They run out of time and they’re always in a panic to get things done.

    If you’re always out of time, then do the sensible thing – give your time away.  Does that sound crazy?  Well, it might to the left side of your brain, but really give it some thought.

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    Here’s the thing.  Some people don’t give away their time because they don’t think there is “enough time” to give.  And when you’re not giving away your time, it’s a signal that you’re coming from lack.  And that lack keeps you stuck in the scarcity mindset.

    The interesting thing is that when lack shows up; it shows up everywhere.  The way you do anything is the way you do everything.

    It’s no different with money.

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    Do you have a shortage of cash?

    Maybe you’re one of those people who holds onto every penny you’ve got – save money for a rainy day sort of thinking.  I know because I used to be that type of person.  Maybe you’re really frugal with your money.

    There’s nothing wrong with being frugal.  What I’m talking about is something completely different.  Holding onto your money doesn’t bring more of it to you.  Admittedly, holding onto or hoarding your money is evidence that you don’t think you have “enough”.  And that has got you living in scarcity or what my friend Julia calls “scare-city.”

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    So, how do you break the pattern?  How do you truly create the abundance mindset?

    You’ve got to be willing to give from where you are.  To create the abundance mindset, you have to be willing to give.

    “You receive through the same doorway through which you give.  The way to receive freely is to give freely.” ~ B. Jensen

    Here are 6 ways to create the abundance mindset:

    • Cash Shortage? Give some away. Yes, you heard me right. Don’t sell the farm, far from it. But consider giving money to a friend or family member to help them out.  Givers gain.
    • Are you short on time? You don’t always have to give your money.  You can give your time too.  You don’t have to dedicate 90% of your day to serving others – that’s not what I’m saying. Just find that balance between giving and receiving.
    • Lacking love? You’ve got to give some before you get some.  Go out right now and give 5 people you know a big hug. I guarantee right after you do this, you’ll feel great. You’ll feel like a million bucks!  You’ll feel loved.  Go out right now and hug 5 people!
    • Stuck with a Problem? Help others first. Think of someone you know that is having a similar problem. And think of a way that you could help them.  You don’t need to know all the answers, but just start helping someone else and I guarantee help will come to you.  Write down what you plan to do to help this person and then go out and do it. I’m telling you this works!  When you help others wholeheartedly, help will always come back to you.
    • Lacking Confidence? Yup, you know it. Give it away! Find someone you know who is lacking in self-confidence and give them a boost.  Spend some time with this person and tell them how much you believe in them.   Put positive ideas in their mind.   Instill confidence in others and confidence will come flowing abundantly to you.
    • Short on Creative Ideas? Give them away! Give others creative ways to increase profits to their business, find a new stimulating career or improve their health.  Freely give away ideas away and ideas will always flood right back to you.

    You have to start with where you are.  You can’t give what you don’t have.  Be willing to give what you got from where you are and I promise you – abundance will flow into your life.  You will create the abundance mindset.

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    Published on November 11, 2020

    10 Best Ways to Save Money Faster and Smarter

    10 Best Ways to Save Money Faster and Smarter

    People love to talk about budgeting, reducing spending. and investing. But unfortunately, talk is cheap, and poor money management is expensive. It’s easy to talk about the best way to save money, but putting it into practice is a different thing.

    What people need to talk about is the practical and efficient ways you can quickly save money to accomplish your goals. After all, they don’t teach this stuff in school.

    Here are the 10 best ways to save money faster and smarter.

    1. Cancel All Your Subscriptions

    Yes, all of them.

    Okay, you can keep your wifi and trash. But other than that, cancel all your monthly subscriptions for one month. You will survive, I promise. Better yet, you will realize you won’t miss all of them.

    Now that you have had 30 days to examine what you really missed and what you never thought twice about, you can add some of them back in. The others? you never have to think about them again.

    This is something you can and should do with every part of your life. If it’s clutter, cancel it. Being able to step back and see what is cluttering your life and what is excelling your forward helps improve your quality of life and financial standing.

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    2. Automate Savings From Your Paycheck

    Many of us are so excited about getting a new job that we rush through the paperwork during the hiring process. Good news for you, I have had lots of jobs so I have seen it a million times.

    There is an option for a portion of your paycheck to go directly into a secondary savings account. This is by far the most effective way to save money every month. We tend to spend most of what we have. So, if we take it off the top first, then it’s less likely to be spent. Just head over to HR and ask. It will only take two minutes.

    3. Cancel the Happy Hours for the Rest of the Pandemic

    We are in the middle of a global pandemic, which means that there is no better time to buy some drinks from the local store and stop shelling out $5 a drink at the local cocktail bar. When we look back at our bank statements, we are always shocked that fast food and alcohol can add up so quickly. You can easily save a couple of hundred dollars just by taking this step.

    A great exercise is to print out your last bank statement and highlight all the areas of alcohol and fast food. The amount may surprise you and make you think twice about that old fashion.

    4. Online Grocery Shopping

    Some people think online shopping increases the amount they spend. For the most part, I would agree—except for this category.

    Online grocery shopping is now a no-brainer, though. Whenever you walk through a grocery store, two things always happen: you always grab impulse items, and you never know the total of your cart until you checkout. This means that we always spend more than we originally planned.

    With online shopping, you can see your total as you add items to your cart. You are way less inclined to make those impulse purchases and because of that, I would venture to say that you could even pay to have them delivered to your door and still save money each month by choosing online grocery shopping.

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    5. Get a Famzoo Debit Card

    This is something my wife and I swear by, and it’s great for the entire family! Famzoo strictly exists to help families and kids budget their money better. Each month, my wife and I have an allotted amount loaded onto our pre-paid Famzoo debit card. This amount has changed every year depending on promotions, kids, stage of life, etc.

    The important part is that when you give yourself the freedom to spend a certain amount, you are more likely to only spend the allotted amount. Think of it as a diet. If you are counting calories, you are more likely to stick close to the amount you set. You can also look for some tips online to better stick to your family budget.

    6. Purge

    This is actually my favorite to do, and it is actually one of the best ways to save money. Raise your hand if you have ever moved. Okay, so everyone.

    When we move, we are always amazed at how much junk we have acquired. I have found that about every 6 months, I can find a couple of boxes to sell online of things that we never use. This not only gives you so extra quick cash, but it also keeps your house more tidy and organized.

    Now, go clean out that garage!

    7. Amazon Subscribe and Save

    32! That is how many items I have setup on amazon subscribe and save. Let me explain.

    This sounds expensive, I know. But it actually saves us hundreds of dollars per year! We all need toothpaste, shampoo, razors, laundry detergent, toilet paper right? This feature is truly a triple threat. When you have more than 5 items on subscribe and save, you automatically unlock the max savings for every product on your list. This can be up to 20% per item!

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    Now, even better is that it ships straight to your door on the exact day you want the item, maybe monthly or maybe you only need it every 4 months. This way, you never have too much or never run out. Either way, it’s totally customizable.

    Lastly, there is no contract for any items, which means you can switch brands or items at any given time at no cost. My advice: every single staple item should be on your subscribe and save.

    8. Rewards

    This may ruffle some feathers, but if you are using your debit card for purchases, you are missing out on free money! We have this notion that credit cards are evil but in reality, they are the same piece of plastic as your debit card.

    How you use it can be bad, don’t get me wrong. But if you want my opinion though, ditch the debit card and get a rewards credit card. Use it just like you would your debit card and make sure to pay it off as soon as the statement comes in!

    Just to give you an idea of how powerful this can be in terms of money, here are some things that our miles have paid for:

    • 4 nights in Vail with Flight
    • Rental car in Vail (convertible might I add)
    • Flight to Ireland
    • Flight to Hawaii
    • Multiple staycations at very nice Hotels

    That’s roughly about 7 thousand dollars in travel expenses so far! Remember that the credit card is just a tool and can be one that benefits you if you use it wisely. Ironically, this can be an effective way to save money.

    Pro tip: If you don’t trust yourself carrying around a credit card, then set up all your monthly bills with your credit and leave it in a drawer at home. This way, you rack up miles but don’t get tempted to overspend.

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    9. Vacation With Friends

    Now, I know travel is hard right now but what a perfect time to go grab an Airbnb in the woods with a couple of friends and detox from the world right now!

    Vacationing alone can be pricey and get rather boring quickly, but if you split lodging and set out for a road trip, it can become affordable quickly! For a couple of hundred bucks apiece, you can have one of the most relaxing vacations ever. Don’t forget to pick up your food at the local grocery store to avoid eating out every meal!

    10. Make a Budget

    When is the last time you updated your budget or made one for that matter? Making a budget is like writing down your goals. If you don’t make a budget, then you will struggle to save.

    How can you know if you are spending wisely if you are not tracking everything?

    Our advice would be to get a finance app like Mint, Every dollar, or personal capital. All these apps are free and do a tremendous job of tracking spending and budgeting. I still am old-school and have an excel spreadsheet which I do highly recommend.

    Work Smarter, Not Harder

    The entire goal is to boost your bank account while reducing the effort required. Efficiency is the name of the game, and automation is the key player. Luckily, we live in a world that has more perks than we can ever take advantage of. But if I were to choose a few, it would be the ones above.

    Taking on all 10 of these steps may seem a little daunting. You can first try to pick three of your favorite and start there. Saving money doesn’t have to be a chore as long. As we use the tools correctly, it can be quite effortless. And now, you have a great blueprint to get started!

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