Build Your Money Confidence
If you're anything like most people you've had twinges of guilt or massive confusion when it comes to your finances. They can feel so complex when you're just winging it. You might look around and wonder just how you are gonna make turn things around and finally get ahead.
That's why I wanted to sit down and lay out some steps you can take to start feeling in control of your financial future. I mean, this is what I do and I see money as a tool to get us to the future we are dreaming of. When money is taken care of we can take time for other things that are important to us rather than trying to make it to the next payday by hustling, working extra hours, or scrimping on purchases. Who wants to live like that?
So where to start?
Check your accounts regularly - choose a time frame for checking in on your finances whether it be daily or weekly. Try not to go monthly, by then the damage is done and there's not much you can do.
Make a plan for your financial goals - pay $3000 off in debt, max out your retirement contributions, buy a house. Whatever the goal is, you need a clear and intentional plan to make it happen. Then, follow that plan.
Automate bills/savings/payments - anything that has a set amount to be paid monthly can be automated. This will make sure that these things are funded. This is the definition of paying yourself first. Sending $100 a month to savings will keep you from spending that on something you won't even want next month anyway.
Don't make hurried investments - wait 3-30 days. Okay, hear me out on this one. Something like 95% of the decisions we make with money are based on emotion because someone made us feel some type of way. What if you took some time to evaluate big spending decisions before making a choice you may later regret. I spoke about this on the podcast, but if it's a car you've been looking for for 3 months, you have done your due diligence and made a sound decision. If you happen to drive by and see the exact car you're looking for, there's no reason to wait any longer.
And lastly, ask your future self. Are you going to be happy that you made this choice in 6 months, 5 years, or 10 years? Make sure you're doing something that you will look back and thank yourself for.
TLDR; if you would rather listen than read you can hear this in-depth on the podcast - Wildly Worthy anywhere podcasts are available.
What big spending decisions are coming up for you this year?
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