60 Simple Rules of Personal Finance - The Simple Dollar
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Your future self might have more income, but it’s also fairly likely that your future self might have less income and you’ll find yourself in a really bad situation.
Even if your future self is doing well, there are probably going to be other big expenses that you’ll want to deal with at that time, like buying a house.
You build a budget based on looking at your actual spending over the previous few months. Get real numbers, not estimates. Dig through your bank statements and credit card statements and figure it out. This will easily show you the areas where you actually overspend.
It’s easy to get sold on the home ownership dream, but if it’s going to jack up your bills, it’s probably not a wise move.
Usually, just 10 seconds will convince you that you don’t really need the item, and if something still passes the test, feel free to buy it!
For more expensive items simply choose to wait 30 days after your first serious impulse before buying the expensive item, provided that it’s not an essential or emergency need.
Use that time to do a little research and make sure you actually want or will use the item, and also give it time to just sit there and see if the desire dies down. You’ll find that, more often than not, you won’t want the item after thirty days.
Cancel your unused memberships and subscriptions.
Unused subscriptions and memberships do nothing but devour your money month after month.
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