Top Effective Tips to Best Manage Your Money:
For most of us, if we are even partially above drooling, managing our own money is the smartest financial decision we can make. We’ve seen the performance of the mega banks in the US and Eurozone (not Canada), and the best thing most can say is they didn’t break the law. Wow. Their interest in customer care is about the same as a Lion’s interest in wild beasts….we are their dinner…that’s all!
We read about brokers who have “Madoffed” with money people saved all their lifetime and the protection available was zilch. Willingly dressing as a goat and walking into a cage of feral dogs is not seen as a smart move but we do it in the financial world constantly and then complain when we get nipped!
You are on your own when it comes to investing and if we have learned nothing else in the last 2 years, we have been hammered sufficiently to take responsibility for our own money….and, it is NOT that difficult.
This is the simplest money making tip. Let’s make this personal….I am NOT a financial adviser and all I have is my own experience. Maybe, it’s helpful. From years of experience in managing our own finances starting without not one clue as to how to go about it, we have realized that there only a few commitments you need to stick to…like a gecko to a wall. They are just simple common sense rules.
The key principle is, if you cannot trust yourself to manage your own money, whom can you trust?
Tip #1: Be Your Own Money Advisor
Read, Research, Think, And Then Advise Yourself
I know that many people are happy to have advisers. And some have chosen wisely…have a horse shoe ahhhhhhhh….on their head… or found the last saint. Generally, people near other people’s money behave like small boys with a newly painted chair…finger prints everywhere! They want to use your money to get wealthy themselves. They want to eat your lunch. But even then, the few lucky investors with solid advisors followed basic rules.
OK, Some advisers are less rapacious than others…but finding them is tough. They are not on TV. They rarely spend clients’ money on advertising. They really count on word of mouth but so did Bernie M! It would be better if you take your own interest to heart. Do your own driving. Learn how to do the basic tasks. Take charge.
Tip #2: Heed The Simple Rule In Spending
Spend Less Money Than What You Earn
Everyone understands this but the world conspires against us. They all want to get our money, not to make us earn more. The Banks plead with us to sign up for cards…to make them rich. It is easy to blow $2,000 on several purchases in an hour of shopping….and go home and feel empty because it was just a car load of stuff. We only realize this when the credit card bill comes and we wonder: how did we ever get ourselves into this mess?
The sale signs are always inviting. We have seen people and maybe, we have jumped into the line for 30% off Manolo Blahniks or Guccis or Ferragamos. Oh Lordy….there are those irresistible Hermes bags and accessories and thousands of brands to lure us to open our wallets and give our credit cards. Those credit cards are the culprits. It’s not my fault…it’s the cards…the Banks…my mother…..workplace stress……time for a class action suit against all of them. Grow up. Always remember this simple tip: If you spend more money than you earn you will be under water eventually.
Tip #3: Pay Yourself First
Each Time You Get Your Pay
Each time you get your pay, take out 5 or 10% and give it to yourself. You will be surprised at how this will grow after a few years. In fact, I started saving $50 a month when I started earning and after a year, I was surprised at how much I had accumulated. I immediately invested this in my retirement plan so I could get the tax benefit. This increased the value of the money I had saved.
In retrospect, it wasn’t the smartest investment but it got me started. What is $50 a month? That is $1.66 a day. Timmy’s or a Starbucks (small). Do NOT wait for a windfall before investing, start small now…pay yourself first and start making money.
Tip #4: Buy Things With 18% To 24% Discount
Or Even 50%-70%
Pay cash. Cut your cards up. But don’t be tempted by sales. Look in your closet…your basement…your garage..your living room…how much “stuff” do you need? I keep cleaning up my closets and cupboards and I keep finding things I have bought and have never even used…and I really try to be careful. I have friends with an extra bedroom, rented for the purpose, just to warehouse unused and unusable “fabulous bargains” bought on plastic. If you depend on the cash in your pocket, you really make smarter buy decisions.
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. We laugh at the old buying a gold brick for a dollar joke but watch television and see the parade of heartbroken and bankrupt confessors who bought the snake oil, the magic discovery, the Wall Street secret, the I-Know-an-Insider special, the I’m-too-nice-to- be-a-liar sting. If someone promised you instant beauty in 10 days, would you believe them (please say you wouldn’t)? Risk taking is one thing. Letting people make a jackass out of you because of your own greed is quite another.
Using your credit card especially if you are only re-paying the minimum each month adds 18% or more to everything you buy and they just escalate from there. Of course, the government, acting as nanny, had to intervene and enact a credit card reform to bail out our backsides and protect us from our own doofustry. Take charge of yourself, because it’s the face in the mirror that is making you poor. Maybe, cut up those credit cards. Make a family party out of it. Pay cash for the Pizza!This will stop you from shopping online. I have a friend who was searching for one item online but by that time an hour passed, she has already racked up $2,000 worth of shopping. Even she was surprised at how she did it.
For those who use credit cards and pay the full balance each month, keep using it. You gain points which you can use in airlines, hotels or other things. Just make sure you get more than the annual fees you pay. Otherwise, get one that has no fee and continue to pay the full balance each month. It gives you the convenience and you can get deals online and use it in booking hotels and others requiring credit cards to confirm your reservations.
Tip #5: Give Some Of Your Money Away
Spread The Blessing
This way, you bless your money. You make it do something good and more good things come to you, too. I know that we have always been told that giving is better than receiving, but more than just this, you become part of a mutual relationship of give and take and thus make this energy circulate around the world. This works. Be generous and life is generous to you.
Tip #6: Buy Quality, Not Labels
A Key Step Towards Your Money Make Over
Quality lasts and really supports the new positive, high quality vision of yourself. I have friends who buy very little, but only buy quality, take good care of what they buy, and take pride in their accouterments because they are the best. I see them take care of their really well made t-shirts in the way they wash so that they last for years. They “Dubbin” their beautiful leather shoes, jackets and purses and use them well, constantly, and with real pride.
You don’t really need to arrive at the office with a new BMer. If you must have a car…I mean really MUST…how about a beautiful old Caddy, or Lexus or Merc. They last forever if you look after them and they really tell a strong story of your self vision. However, walking is the best and renting a car when you really need one makes real sense.You will get good exercise and become a healthier person. Then, your vision of yourself would be more substantial. People who are healthy, confident and happy always exude an aura that is more attractive than being in those celebrity outfits.
Tip #7: Vision A Happy And Successful You
This Is Your Key To Success
Remind yourself of this each time you think about finances. Because with a sewer self vision, we think we are inadequate or failures or just feel depressed and we hope that buying those shoes, clothes and celebrity purses and “instant fame brands” will make us winners. Buying helps us feel better, for a very short period, and, then, the ashes come back because our personal vision of our selves as a poor loser just creeps on back, too. See yourself as a winner. Do one thing every day that supports this vision. You can’t buy your way out of misery but a house cleaned vision can do the trick.
Take charge of your money, but stay human.
Your self is your wealth.
OK? We have matched income and expenditure. We are cardless. We are paying ourselves. We are avoiding snake oil in investing. We are giving a bit to others and we have a Vision of ourselves as effective and likable human beings. We buy quality, not quantity and we are so self righteous no one will talk to us!!! Oh…don’t like that last one much!
How to avoid “pretending perfection”. Well…give yourself, and all your friends a break. Treat yourself to a nice dinner in a fabulous restaurant or go for a spoiling in a spa (using cash). You will feel much better. We don’t have to be prissy and pinch mouthed around our finances. When we feel this way, we only alienate the world. It’s like the sanctimonious ex-smoker or the smug ex-drunk. Friends will avoid us so pointedly that we will end up going for a retail therapy.