If you want to pretend that you are rich, use your credit card or the money that should go into savings to go out to eat several times a week. But if you want to be savvier about how you use your money so that it can grow, you will need to severely reduce the number of times that you go out to eat (via Inc). Instead, buy ingredients so that you can cook meals at home, which will cost about one-quarter the amount of what you will spend going out to eat (via Inc). On that note, also avoid programs that deliver ingredients to your home to make specific meals, as these programs cost about as much as going out to eat.
There are probably many ways to save corners off of your food bill (via Inc). Don’t ever shop when you are hungry, as you will be much more likely to make impulse purchases instead of buying the healthy foods you planned. Start purchasing in bulk, which will be much cheaper than buying in smaller quantities (via Inc). Limit the amount of red meat you buy, as red meat is more expensive than vegetable-based protein. Stop buying bottled water, and limit the sugary drinks you buy, especially from places like Starbucks.
Credit cards can be way too tempting for some people, and those who are wealthy avoid racking up credit card bills. Not only do they tend to live very modestly, but they also use cash (via Inc). Using cash instead of cards prevents you from overspending, and as a bonus, you won’t have to worry about interest on credit cards (via Inc). Having to touch the cash you are using to pay for something will make you have to think through what you are buying and determine if it is really worth the amount you’re physically handing over.
Online shopping can be a great way to get the best deal possible, but many people routinely go overboard and browse Amazon to buy things they don’t need and didn’t even want five minutes ago (via Inc). If you want to stop leaking money out of your bank account every month, close your Amazon account and get back to brick-and-mortar stores (via Inc). Even if you are paying slightly more per item, in the long run, you will actually be saving a lot of money by reducing the number of impulse purchases that you’re making.
No one wants to admit that they have a toxic relationship draining the time and energy out of every day (via Inc). Instead, many people would continue in the destructive habits that perpetuate these relationships than admit how much they have lost and cut the person off. Successful people who are getting ahead financially make a point of associating with other successful people and dropping those who are draining them (via Inc). If you have a toxic relationship in your life, drop that person and embrace positive change.
If you have a habit of eating a lot of junk food, watching television, and ordering takeout, you should not be surprised that you are unmotivated and lack the energy to make positive changes in your life. In addition, you will be more likely to have to miss work because of sickness. If you want to get ahead in your life, especially with your finances, adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes lots of fruits, vegetables, exercise, and meaningful social interaction (via Inc). Try going vegetarian five days a week, and you will be amazed at how much more energy you have (via Inc).
Most of your colleagues probably dread going to work every day and do the bare minimum necessary to get their paychecks. If you want to be a candidate for a serious raise that will put you on track to turning your paycheck into wealth, you need to start going above and beyond (via Inc). The best way to do so is to become a problem solver willing to tackle challenges with the approach that solutions are to be found (via Inc). If you have a habit of complaining at work, drop it right away and adopt a can-do attitude.
Believing that you are a failure who will never get ahead will cause you to make choices that reflect that belief. In this way, negative self-talk becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy (via Debt.org). Telling yourself, “I’ll always be broke,” will cause you to give up and, in self-resignation and defeat, break out the credit card to buy something unnecessary that will make you feel better. Instead, talk to yourself about the positive steps you are taking to get control of your life so that you are no longer in financial bondage (via Debt.org). Changing your beliefs is an integral part of altering your habits, transforming your destiny.
If you’re like most workers, you know that you are worth more than you are getting paid but are also afraid of talking with your boss about getting a raise (via Inc). Be bold and open up a conversation with your boss about your current position and what they expect from you to promote you and increase your salary. You may already be doing many necessary things to receive a promotion (via Inc). Thus, the key is to get the courage to have the conversation. And when your boss tells you what you need to do to get promoted, do it.
Plenty of workers feel that what they are doing at work all day doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things, and they believe that the company would carry on just fine without them. In turn, they may be concerned about layoffs, especially when rumors of downsizing begin. If you want to set yourself apart and make sure that you don’t get laid off, make yourself indispensable (via Inc). Being indispensable means that your boss and coworkers know that they can count on you, and you will come through when things are tough (via Inc). Be a problem solver, not a complainer, and someone people look up to.
If you want to become rich, you need to make your mornings work for you. Start waking up early, ideally three hours before you need to clock into work, and consistently wake up at the same time on days that you do not have to work (via CNBC). Take the time to digest the daily news, cook yourself a healthy breakfast, and have meaningful interactions with your family (via CNBC). This pattern will be a much better way to start a productive and meaningful day than gulping down a cup of coffee and rushing out the door with your shoes untied.
Making a million dollars is a lofty aspiration that can make you feel overwhelmed and defeated when you do not achieve it quickly. Break down your big ambitions into smaller, achievable goals that you can attack with a clear plan of action (via CNBC). Maybe you cannot set aside three months of emergency expenses immediately, but you can save a certain amount of money each month. That amount will add up so that eventually, you will make a dent in that emergency fund. Other meaningful goals include setting a budget and sticking by it and investing a certain amount of money in a year (via CNBC).
The single best thing that you can do to increase your financial portfolio and pave the way to early retirement is to pay off your debts (via CNBC). These include more than just student loans and credit cards; you also need to pay off your mortgage as quickly as possible. People who have been able to retire around the age of 50, rather than 65, tend to have one thing in common. They have paid off their mortgages and are entirely debt-free (via CNBC). The amount of money they need from one month to the next is significantly lower without a mortgage payment.
One life strategy that can dramatically increase your chances to become rich is taking notes (via CNBC). In fact, people who plan for the future are nearly 300 percent more likely to become millionaires, and Bill Gates swears by the power of taking notes any time that inspiration strikes (via CNBC). When you think of something that you are unable to deal with at the moment but that does need your attention, write it down into your phone to come back to later.
You may be overpaying on your taxes. People who are on top of their finances take full advantage of all tax deductions that are available (via Medium). These include deductions for payments on a student loan and mortgage interest, child tax credits, business deductions, and anything else available (via Medium). Take some time to learn what tax deductions and credits are available so you can take advantage of them.
If you want to expand your financial portfolio, you need to grow your financial literacy (via Medium). In other words, you need to keep learning. People who regularly read books and not just news articles are much more likely to achieve their goals than people who rely on YouTube videos for their information. Read up on trends in finance so that you can stay on top of things, but also read about other topics that you are interested in. Learning new things with reading will help set you above your peers and make you a more desirable employee (via Medium).
One of the most important steps you can take to set yourself up for financial success is to build a comprehensive financial plan (via Savology). A financial plan is more than a budget that considers your income and expenses. It also accounts for things like how much insurance you have, including life insurance and your major goals. Do you want to buy a house? If so, how much of a place do you think you will be able to afford, and when will you be able to make a down payment given your current financial habits? A financial plan will address these concerns (via Savology).
If you’re confused about getting started with a financial plan, financial advisors can help (via Savology). No matter how savvy you think that you are, you need to talk with a financial advisor if you are trying to get on track to become rich. A financial advisor will be able to help you understand the market, which is an essential measure of how your investments may or may not perform, and also the housing market (via Savology). They will help you determine either the value of your home (if you have one) or what home prices may look like in the near future.
There are many different ways to get tempted to spend more money than you have coming in. Alternatively, maybe you want to spend more money in an area than you have allotted for in your budget (via Savology). The challenge may come in the form of shoes or camping equipment on sale but that you have no budget for or risky investments that look like a great deal. Either one could be a massive pitfall because those shoes actually won’t pay for themselves, and that risky investment could very easily fail. If you are trying to get your finances together, make sure that you don’t overspend (via Savology)!
Just about every kind of account you open will have fees associated with it (via Savology). A basic checking account will have overdraft expenses that could increase $40 per infraction. A savings account can give rewards via interest, but the bank may charge you if you do not keep your balance at a certain level (via Savology). Investment funds also tend to charge fees, either monthly or yearly. Be aware of the costs associated with each account you have, and make sure you consider them as part of your budget. And whatever you do, don’t ever overdraft your account.
You’ve probably heard that you should shop around for other purchases that you want to make, whether groceries, clothing or even larger purchases, such as a home or a car (via Savology). And you can usually get a better deal on a mortgage if you shop around between lenders. Make sure that you also shop around for things like insurance, investments, and other major financial concerns (via Savology). Not all insurances and investment funds are created equal, and getting the best deal (without being cheap or skimping out on the essentials) could make all the difference in your financial success.
Suppose you owe money on anything. Then do whatever you can to pay more than the minimum amount every month (via Savology). If you owe money on your car, call the bank holding the loan to increase your payments each month. That way, you will shorten the life of the loan and pay less because of interest. Do the same thing if you have a mortgage, student loan, or other significant debt (via Savology). Also, try the debt snowball when you work aggressively towards paying off one debt. Then when that debt is paid, you apply all the money each month from that debt towards another one.
Financial experts recommend putting at least 10% of your money into savings each month, yet many people fail to do so (via Savology). They bemoan that they do not have enough money left at the end of the month to put into savings, so they neglect the most critical aspect of their financial well-being. The best solution is to pay yourself first. Immediately deposit 10% (or more) of the amount into a savings account whenever you get paid (via Savology). Remember that a savings account is not for touching; it is for growth to achieve your financial goals throughout your lifetime.