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Stop Being Broke Now | Real Estate Investing | Blog
There really isn't anything profound to say. This is not a complex or difficult problem to solve on paper. It's simple: you're broke because of your poor financial decisions. You need to change your behavior to fix that, which is what makes this situation so difficult-but also entirely possible.

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You are broke because of you

You are broke because your financial decisions were not the best, in the past.

This not about winning the lottery or landing in a high-paying job. Just by changing your behavior, this situati...

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How to fix your money problems

Your financial issues are fixable if you:

  • Take your money seriously
  • Stop unnecessary consumerism
  • Stop making and defending your bad decisions.

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The broke leading the broke

A majority of people are broke, actually. We are not taking our money seriously, and just living paycheck to paycheck. We are doing it because there are so many like us, around us, doing...

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Consumerism

Lifestyle expenses and rampant consumerism, heavily advertised to us, are making us more and more broke, year after year.

We tend to buy expensive things on credit, because we think our lifes...

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Responsibility and sacrifice

Many people think that if they don't have enough money, they are broke. In reality, they have a car, a nice house, a big TV, and good clothes. They just need to correct their way of spen...

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The Ostrich

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Making Your Budget Too Strict

Budget for the life you have. When you’re going through your budget and assigning spending categories, be realistic. 

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Budgeting for a Life You Can’t Afford

This becomes a problem when you’re spending for a life you can’t afford. It puts pressure on your budget and encourages you to live in a paycheck to paycheck cycle.

Assess your financial situation, cut back on your expenses, prioritize your money goals, and then come up with a new spending plan.

Budgeting Without a Purpose

It’s hard to stick to a budget that doesn’t have a goal.

When there isn’t one, your budget becomes an afterthought rather than a spending plan to reach your financial goals.

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