What do you do when somebody comes up to you on the street and asks you for money? How do you respond?
Do you give it to them?
Do you say “sorry, I don’t have any money” (even if you really do)?
Do you hesitate to give, because you feel like giving money to someone on the street, whether they are panhandling, begging or homeless, could be enabling their “habits” and not actually helping them?
Let’s talk about the last one: enabling their bad habits…
When you think about being responsible with your money, a budget may be one of your first thoughts. In my Beginner Series, I tell you, point-blank, that you need a budget.
Can you really live without a budget? The title of this article makes it seem like I was misguiding you when I said that you need a budget, doesn’t it?
The wealthy and the not-so-wealthy obviously have different habits. People come into their wealth different ways, but their habits are similar.
You may already have some of these habits. You could already be using some of them.
It’s also important to note that these are habits you should develop, which indicates that you may already have them, you just need to continue to develop them even more.
So, here are 3 of the habits that you need to take control of your finances…
Technology can be an important part of our lives. After all, this is the information age. It’s important to not go broke when trying to keep up with technology, but it’s also easy to spend a fortune if you’re not careful.
Here are 3 tips to keep you up to date with technology, while keeping your finances in check…
First off, just hold on a second!
These are some little-known and some often forgotten ways to get cheap books and even free books. Reading is one of the most productive ways to pass the time and as they say:
Leaders are readers
Read on for 4 ways to get cheap books and free books!
But wait! Your Book May Already Be Free!
Before you buy a book, make sure it is not already free online. Many books that are in the public domain are available online for free…
So often, in talking to couples who have been married for over 10 years, I hear them mention that some of the funnest dates and the best times spent together were in the early years. Usually in the early years of your marriage, you are trying to make ends meet and learning to live together. So generally you are used to frugal living.
It’s not a secret that most young couples are usually living (or trying to live) a frugal life, but sometimes these years are taken for granted. Going on cheap dates and hitting up the dollar theater is actually a lot of fun. Sometimes getting out of debt can be just as fun!
If you are trying to pay off debt, then you should be trying to cut costs and pay as much towards your debt as possible. Temporary frugal living not only helps you get out of debt, but it can be a blast!
These are great quick date ideas for maximizing fun and frugality. Some are even free! Usually the more cost-effective a date is, the more quality time you spend together. Expensive dates tend to have distractions and attractions that take time away from you and your mate and focus more on the things you are paying for.
Is it really worth it? Sometimes, but often it’s not.
The dates below are great ways to save money and spend time together. Some of them involve using things you already have, like fuel in your car, food in the cabinets or other things at home, but the point is that you should be able to do these dates without coming more than $10 out-of-pocket…
Setting realistic financial goals is what separates the successful from the unsuccessful. Goals are good for every area of life, but setting financial goals specifically is important. The process of setting goals is just as important as having them, so let’s look at what it takes to set realistic and effective financial goals.
Determine Your Goals
Just like with any goal, a realistic financial goal needs to be specific, attainable and written. It will only hurt you to set a goal for an amount or a time period that isn’t realistic. It is very important that you write a specific goal, including all of the numbers involved.
All goals should be written.
You’ve probably heard the popular statistic: only 3% of people write their goals down and that says something about the small amount of people that stick with goals and achieve them. Putting goals in writing holds you accountable to the goal.