3 Ways To Change The Way You Handle Money
July 18th, 2012
Money is one of the most common reasons that people in the western word are stressed out. With an unstable economy, a shift in the way the workforce works, and the common practice for many companies to hire employees on for part-time hours without benefits, it’s not difficult to see why so many people are stressed out about money. Add to those factors the social pressure to live large and beyond your means and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. If you’ve found yourself in financial turmoil and you need a hand to find solutions that will work for you, we’ve got some simply ideas that can change the way you handle money. After all, your situation isn’t unique; many have blazed the financial trail you’re on today.
Living Beyond your Means
The number one money mistake is to live beyond what you can afford. There is no secret to getting out of this habit, only self-control and careful planning. Spending money that you can’t afford to spend means accruing debt in order to survive; taking out credit cards or lines of credit just to pay the bills. The answer is to stop spending!
Stuck In Place
Even if you’re not living beyond your means, you may find that you’re not getting ahead in your financial journey. This can feel like you’re stuck in place, and it can be a major stressor for those who have a clear idea of where they want to be going. Instead of getting into the trap of believing you could achieve your goals if you had more money coming in, work towards using the money you are getting towards moving forward. Of course more money would mean less financial stress in theory, but in practice you’d likely start spending more money because you wouldn’t address your core habits.
We’re not saying that you should stop spending altogether, in fact it’s not reasonable to entertain the notion. What we’re saying is that smart spending makes for forward motion. If you can afford rent each month, the likelihood is that you could qualify for a homeowner’s loan with nearly no trouble. Stop throwing your money away and start building equity to prepare for your future. Hold off on that extra-large coffee tomorrow morning and start saving for a down payment. It’s small, smart money decisions that are going to put you ahead of the game.
This guest post is from Allison with HomeLoans.org.