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How To Start Saving For Financial Independence

Improving your financial IQ

It takes time to learn and improve your financial IQ, but it is certainly not that hard.

  • Once you have a saving plan in place and your accounts open, you don't want to jump into investing as you risk making beginner mistakes.
  • Teach yourself the fundamentals and visit websites that provide basic information about platforms, financial terms, types of funds, etc. This includes places like Investopedia.
  • Ask any friends or family who may already know a lot about finances, but be careful since they may have outdated ideas.
  • Avoid jumping in random funds because you read that in an article.

Making the time to read will get you the right kind of results.

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Understanding personal finance

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Knowledge is power

When it comes to money, people will do whatever they can to get hold of your money, regardless of how it will affect you.

Don't rush into any sort of decision making. Always consult a second source.

Automate anything you can

Assuming you have enough to cover the bills and aren't pulling an overdraft fee, start by automating your retirement savings. You know you need an emergency fund, so automate. Do the same with increasing your 401(k) contributions each year, or paying off your credit card debt. 

Saving on Transport

Cycle or walk to work to save money and get fitter. If you’re on the lazy side, invest in an electric bike to help you up those hills in the morning.

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Saving On Electricity

Turn your lights off when leaving the room. If you live with forgetful people, place little stickers by the switch to give people helpful reminders.

You can also replace bulbs with energy-saving ones.

Saving On Self-Care

Simplify your beauty regime and ditch expensive creams. All your skin needs is a good diet, plenty of water and hydration.

Also, brush your teeth twice a day and don’t forget to floss. Having teeth issues leads to expensive dental bills.