As for me, I was on this Level for a long, long time – probably a decade. I always thought there was a better place to put my money “to work.” Your money should be working for you, right? Every three or four months, I would amass a good chunk of my goal. I would see that money in my savings account and say, “I need to invest this money and get a return. It’s just sitting there.” And, I would try and skip this Level. There were years, I thought I was playing at Level VII, but really I was still playing Level III.
In the beginning, I would take that money and put it in some risky stock speculation. I wouldn’t even call it investing because I was watching the stock prices daily and making trading decisions on a daily basis. That is not investing. I would invariably … Read the rest
The barter system however, brought with it some challenges such as double co-incidence of wants. What if we both needed coconuts? Also, there was no common measure of value and no medium to measure the value of goods so who decides if your coconuts are actually more valuable than my fish?
Commodity money was then created to address this concern. A commodity is a basic item which can be used by almost, if not, everyone. Things like seeds, tobacco, tea, salt and even cattle were considered commodities however, carrying bags of these items over a period of time proved to be extremely difficult… especially trying to carry cattle! There were three main functions to money in these days: money must be a medium of exchange, a unit of account and, a store of value. Although these commodities were considered to be mediums of exchange it was difficult to consider them … Read the rest
Carrying Credit Card Debt
If you carry a balance on your credit card not only are you paying exorbitant interest rates but you also ruining your opportunity to get a mortgage or some other kind of loan and you are lowering your credit score. If you want to fix your personal finances you need to eliminate your credit card debt. If you need help in eliminating your credit card debt get it.. You won’t have any leverage with lenders if your credit is in poor shape. The sooner you eliminate your credit cards the less likely you will ruin your rating.
Too Much Home or Auto Deb
You should not exceed thirty percent of your gross income when it comes to how much you are paying for your mortgage. On that same line of thinking, how much you pay in transportation expenses should never be greater than ten percent of … Read the rest
We live in times and society where the pressures to buy and to show off the things we have bought (materialism) is enormous. Our inability to afford these things or put money aside for them has pushed us to the direction of buying on credit (getting things now and paying for them over time thereafter). Credit can, if approached with caution and discipline, greatly improve the quality of our lives. It can afford us things that we need now that we do not have cash to buy, for example, we may not afford to buy houses cash but may take a mortgage bond and pay affordable instalments over time, or take out a hire purchase for a car personal or business use. Credit can however become addictive resulting in impulsive buying habits (buying things that you do not need because you can afford them through credit limit). The fact that … Read the rest
There several different ways how money can be and can become an object. One scenario is if you needed funds back had a lack thereof, then that creates financial challenges. The second scenario is, if you have the funds available and you have access to it; to do want you want to do without hesitation of wondering where the funds would come from. Another scenario is if you have hired someone for certain services and have not compensated them according to the agreed amount for their labors, but you have withheld their wages, then this is fraud. James gives and ample warning to the rich who use these negative business transactions. James 5:1-6. We are to become wise stewards of all God has entrusted to us.
There is nothing wrong with having more than enough in material wealth. However, if the use of your financial status are not benefiting the … Read the rest
Checking your financial health is not limited to balancing your check book or monitoring your monthly pay slip. It is not even about paying your debts and seeing to it that you have extra money on hand to pay for any eventualities. Here are the ways to check if your financial position is in good condition:
- Check your credit score. This is one of the utmost priorities because having a good credit rating makes you a reliable borrower and your credit opportunities is wide. The chances of being rejected with loan application also becomes low.
- Check your savings. The amount of money you save must mean something. For example, can your rely on it for daily expenses and other expenditures if you no longer have a job? For how long? Can I withdraw a portion and invest it somewhere else without making you financially insecure? There are situations when interest
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Money should be multiplied – Whenever you get access to cash, think of a genuine and legal way to multiply what you have before you spend it on yourself. More is better as it gives you leverage and it multiplies your ability to make a difference. When I just started working in 1995, I thought that all the money I received was just for spending hence I could not wait for payday to buy music and spend on partying and having fun. I was very surprised to see friends beginning to buy assets such as cars etc and I still reverenced having a huge collection of CDs. Today I am a changed man. I know that I did Math in school in order to use it hence the term MULTIPLY excites me when it comes to money.
Money must work for you – There comes a time when you get … Read the rest
Organize Your Records
Your first step is making a list of all your assets, debts, and otherwise getting a comprehensive breakdown of your current financial standing. Most advisers will want to see tax returns, pay stubs, pension statements, investment and fund statements, and even your informal monthly budgets. If you can, try to have the past three years worth of records on hand before going to the meeting.
Decide What You Need
With your financial history in mind, you need to determine whether what you most need is financial planning, investment management, or both. Financial planning involves someone helping you create and execute a financial plan for your future, including IRAs and other tax strategies, as well as long-term investments to prepare you for retirement.
Investment Management on the other hand, takes a more aggressive approach to building wealth. If you are not interested in managing your own investments to … Read the rest
A healthy savings habit is the gift that keeps on giving. All of life’s major money milestones – whether it’s for a down payment, starting a new business, or a long period of unemployment- require having cash in the bank. For your children, the feeling of being able to tackle challenges like these without parental support is both extremely liberating and a memory they will pass onto future generations. Although everyone’s situation is different, a good rule of thumb for those starting out is to put 10% of total income toward long-term goals (like retirement) and 10% toward short-term goals (like the emergency fund or a house down payment.) To help ensure success, we recommend having these savings deductions automatically withdrawn from a paycheck into separate accounts each month. We find that it’s much easier to not spend if you don’t see the money. And for those who’re receiving holiday … Read the rest