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Wealth Is What You Don't Spend

Financial wellbeing

Financial wellbeing can't be measured by only focusing on how much you earn. The gap between what you earn and what you spend is an important figure.

Household savings fell by 30% during a period when median real income rose 40%. Even though Americans earn more than ever before, they have been offset with higher spending.

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Financial wellbeing

Financial wellbeing can't be measured by only focusing on how much you earn. The gap between what you earn and what you spend is an important figure.

Household savings fell by 30% during a period when median real income rose 40%. Even though Americans earn more than ever before, they have been offset with higher spending.

Temptation to spend

It is tempting to spend more when your income rises. But savings rely on the ability to receive an extra dollar and say: "I can spend this money, but I'm not going to."

Leave your gains alone

Earning more will do little for building wealth if every extra dollar is offset by a dollar of new spending.

Wealth has less to do with your gains and more to do with your ability to leave gains alone without cashing them in.

Live with less

  • Learn to live with less contently is easier and more in your control. It has the same effect as growing your income.
  • Money has a lot to do with the actions you don’t take. Everything has a price, and prices aren’t always understood.
  • The price of building wealth isn’t just earning money; it’s avoiding the post-earnings urge to spend what you’ve accumulated.

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Ensure this is by keeping your money in two different accounts: a  checking and a savings one. The accounts should be at different banks, making it more difficult to transfer the money from the savings account to the normal one whenever you feel like buying something that is not really needed.

Change your focus when saving money

Whenever you try to save money, try focusing on the process itself rather than the final goal. For instance, telling yourself that this is a temporary situation might prove extremely useful and help the time pass faster.

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Spend time tracking your money

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When we notice the relationship between money and time, we realise that wealth isn't necessarily an abundance of money, but an abundance of time. When you gather a lot of money, you collect a large store of time which you can use as you want.

Financial independence is then geared to having saved enough, so you're no longer required to work for money. Yet, many people spend so much time gathering stuff but don't set aside anything for the future.

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An irony of modern society is that many people work more to have more money to buy more stuff, but because they have so much stuff, they need more money, which means they have to work more, which means they have less time. To escape this vicious cycle:

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It’s not about your resources, it’s about your resourcefulness.”

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Maybe finding a different and cheaper way of doing the same thing, doing a yard sale or getting a side job… Put your mind to it and you may find ways to get a financial boost. 

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We all have some idea of how much our time is worth. On extreme ends, it is easy to know if a task is worth your time. For instance, if someone offers you $0.07 per hour and another $7,000 per hour, you would have no problem to decide.
However, in the middle of the time-value spectrum, it is less clear if a particular task is worth your time. While everyone has an hourly value, few people know the exact amount.

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Use the Realized Income Methods to calculate the value of your time. It is based on the income you received and will help you make better decisions on how to spend money day-by-day. You need two numbers for your calculations.

  1. How much time you spend to earn money.
  2. How much you earn during that time.

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The pseudo-affluent

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The pseudo-affluent generally:

  • They earn a high-income, but spend the majority of what they make.
  • Wear expensive suits or carry expensive purses.
  • Drive high-end luxury or sports cars.
  • Really believe that rich people act rich.

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How To Choose Good Habits
  • Envision your ideal end result. What are you going to achieve?
  • Write it down. It will serve as a powerful motivation, especially if you include why you want it.
Good Habits For Health and Fitness
  • Regular Aerobic Exercise: Great for both your physical and mental health. Increases the production of dopamine and boosts creativity.
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  • Create a Household Budget: the best habit to help you save money. A household budget helps to encourage frugality and discourage impulse spending. You’ll feel more motivated to engage in other good financial habits once you’ve got this in place.
  • Financial Audits. This involves frequent checks as to whether you’re spending your money as wisely as possible.

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Your budgeting style will change over your lifetime. You may use the envelope method when you need to be stricter with yourself.

Some people feel less stressed when they use budgeting styles that track every penny. Others find it is enough to run cash flow and know there's some money left each month for nonessentials. They don't need to itemize where every dollar is spent. See what style of budgeting support your goals and sanity, then adjust as needed.

Know when to stop trimming

Much personal finance advice focuses on making cuts. The information is useful when you're trying to avoid mindless spending. However, there is a time to shift your focus from slashing to earning.

Polish your resume, and apply for open roles that could be earning more. If you're not looking for a career move, a side hustle can help increase your income.

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Although real estate can be intimidating for beginners, you can start your journey with a few easy methods.

  • Real Estate Investment Trusts: REITs enable you to buy shares in a company that works with income-producing real estate and earns high dividends.
  • House Hacking: It involves buying a property with multiple living units where you live in one and rent out the rest for income that can pay off the mortgage or pay for maintenance.
  • House Flipping: Buying cheap, underpriced homes, making renovations with as little as possible, and reselling it in the market for profit.
Risks Involved
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  • Credit Risk: When investing using leverage, the bank owns the property until you have paid the loan in full. If you are unable to pay your installments on time, you risk facing foreclosure.
  • Depreciation: Generally, real estate property will increase in value, but it is not guaranteed.
  • Negative Cash Flow: It is the result of a low occupancy rate due to bad tenants that cause destruction or irregular payments. Property with hidden structural problems could also cause problems.
  • Liquidity Risk: If you need cash quickly, you cannot rely on the money you invested in property. Real estate is a long-term investment.

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