When you look at most financial advice online, they tend to cater it to people who have a spending problem.
Given the statistics that come out about our lack of savings as a whole, it’s easy to assume that most of us are spending too much money. Not to mention that, culturally speaking, we tend to partake in consumerism.
However, as I’ve come to learn through my own financial journey, financial issues aren’t always because of a spending problem. Sometimes, it’s actually an earning problem.
This post was written by Amanda Abella, an expert writer and speaker in personal finance.
The Moment I Realized I Had an Earning Problem
I’ve spent the better part of a decade teaching myself personal finance. Like I already mentioned, most of it is catered to people who overspend, don’t have savings and don’t have money to invest.
Fast forward a few years and . . . → Read More: Do You Have a Spending Problem or an Earning Problem?
When most people hear the term, “silent killer”, they think about cancer or carbon monoxide poisoning. I think about car debt.
It seems like everyone is comfortable with a car loan these days. They give reasons like:
“I need to have a dependable car to hold onto my job” “One of our cars is fully paid for, so it’s okay to have a loan on the other one” “My car gives me confidence when I drive into work each day. Having a nice car improves my performance and my ability to get promoted.”
In reality, they’re all saying the same thing. And it’s:
“I’m insecure about myself and I’d rather go into debt for my car than buy a piece of crap that I’m going to get laughed at for.” The Curse of the Car Loan
We actually touched a little bit on this yesterday (“What is Your Net Worth, . . . → Read More: What’s Your Best Get Out of Debt Mobile?
Did you realize that you could save up $500 every single month for a year, put it in a super-safe bank account, and still lose money when it comes to your overall net worth?
It took me quite a while to truly understand it, but cash in your bank account and your net worth dollars are two very different things.
What Is Your Net Worth?
So what is a net worth really? I’m sure you already know that wealthy people have a high net worth and poor people have a nearly non-existent net worth, but how is it really calculated? As opposed to many things in life, the net worth calculation is actually very simple.
Net worth = Assets – Liabilities
In other words….
Net Worth = What you own – What you owe
Here’s an example of a typical person’s net . . . → Read More: What is Your Net Worth? And Which Way Is It Moving?
Someone’s wealth can easily be identified with their net worth. If your net worth is zero (or negative), then you are officially broke. If you have a net worth that’s $100,000 or thereabouts, you’re pretty average. And if your net worth exceeds $2 million, it’s pretty safe to say that you’re wealthy. But this doesn’t necessarily say anything about your money personality now does it?
What’s Your Money Personality?
So what’s the difference between a current state of wealth and a money personality? Won’t the wealthy simply have a saver personality and the broke have a spending personality? You’d think so, but not necessarily.
Spendthrift def. = a person who spends money in an extravagant, irresponsible way.
The ‘spendthrift’ money personality gets a charge out of spending money. They see the item in the store and their adrenaline starts pumping, their eyes get big, . . . → Read More: Spendthrift, Contentment, or Miser? What’s Your Money Personality?
While many people try to travel during spring break, it may not be budget friendly or feasible for you at the moment. But what if you stay home and still have fun and relax? These staycation ideas for spring break will keep you from getting cabin fever, and will also save you a ton of money!
This post has been written by the ever-talented Kimberly Studdard. Enjoy!
Camp In Your Backyard
Camping in your backyard is one of the best staycation ideas for spring break! Not only is it easy to do, but it’s customizable to fit your needs (or your family’s). You can do as little or as much planning as you want, and you can even get away with spending nothing for this staycation!
If you want to get fancy, pitch a tent, get lots of camp type foods (like s’mores and hot dogs!) and make sure . . . → Read More: The Best Staycation Ideas for Spring Break
Most people won’t even open this post. Most will never even read the first line. You know why? They’ve got a destructive attitude that just continues to beat them down…and down…and down.
They say things like, “Nothing good ever happens to me,” and “My parents are broke, so I’ll never receive a windfall of cash.”
Just like the old saying goes, be careful what you wish for…
If you think money will never come your way, it won’t. BUT, if you leave that possibility open and actually plan for a windfall of cash, then you know what? It just might happen. AND, if you plan for the money, then it won’t accidentally get pissed away within the first few months that you get your hands on it.
5 Steps to Handle a Sudden Windfall of Cash
A sudden windfall of cash can be a curse or a blessing. It all . . . → Read More: 5 Steps to Handle a Sudden Windfall of Cash
According to Psychology Today, NPR.org, and many other reputable sites across the world wide web, self talk is more than just a confidence booster. It’s more like an internal remodeling. And it can absolutely have a positive or negative affect on your health, your intelligence, and from what I’ve seen….your finances.
Self Talk of the Rich vs. the Poor
I can already hear the hate mails coming my way…
“The poor can’t help their situation. Stop being ignorant.” “You think the key to wealth is simply through self-talk? That’s fricken ridiculous…” “You privileged white male… You have no idea.”
If you don’t think it’s possible for someone to rise from the ashes of poverty, then you must have had your head in the sand for the last hundred years.
It happens every day, and it starts with self talk.
Without proper self-talk, the poor will stay poor and the . . . → Read More: Self Talk of the Rich vs. the Poor
We earn more, have more, and do more today than ever…but we’re still not happy. In fact, according to the NORC, we’re even less happy than we were 50 years ago – long before smartphones, Facebook, and the now ever-so-common McMansion we call our home.
Stuff and Happiness – The Inverse Correlation
From the outside looking in, we’ve got it all. We’ve got clean water everywhere we go, a wide variety of affordable cuisines, cheap clothing, shelter that’s far bigger than necessary, and we’ve got the answers to all the world’s questions right at our fingertips. Life should be more fulfilling than ever.
But it’s not.
From the inside looking out, we’ve got nothing. We don’t have an 80 inch 3D curved television. Our boat is a far cry from the 70 foot yacht that we truly desire. And our car is of the simple domestic variety – pretty boring . . . → Read More: Stuff and Happiness – The Inverse Correlation
Most of the adult population is asking Siri questions like,
“How can I buy a house with $0 down?” “What should I do if I can’t make all of my payments this month?” “How do I survive on Social Security?”
But not you…
You’ve Got Money, Now What?
You’ve scrimped, saved, sacrificed, and now you’ve got a pretty impressive nest egg built up for yourself. First of all, congratulations! You’re one of the few.
But, because you’re in the financial minority, there really isn’t a ton of material out there for you, the responsible saver with loads of money. So what is it that you should do?
1) Let Yourself Enjoy It
All your life you’ve been following the mantra of living below your means, saving for a rainy day, and investing heavily for your retirement. You are a natural saver. When you live like this for 20, 30, or . . . → Read More: You’ve Got Money, Now What?
Very rarely do I lay awake at night, but last night I was on my back…eyes wide open…staring at the ceiling…so I started thinking about my website. And I had a eureka moment. I immediately grabbed my phone, opened my notes, and quickly messaged myself the outline for this very post.
How to Earn an Unlimited Income With Your Blog
I started my blog at the tail end of 2010. Since then I’ve earned over $100,000 online…but after last night’s epiphany, I figure that I’ve left at least $400,000 on the table. Maybe even more than that.
I’ve lost all of this money because my views on earning a blog income have been completely wrong. My opinions of business have been skewed. What I thought I knew about growing an income has actually placed a glass ceiling directly above my head all these years.
My Glass Ceiling Experience – and . . . → Read More: How to Earn an Unlimited Income With Your Blog