Rising Your Finances From the Dead

Things to be thankful for

Happy Easter everybody! As we remember the historical significance of Easter, it is also a great opportunity to view your own finances in the same way. Everything might look like doom & gloom right now, but, in a moment that all changes!

List Your Current Financial Struggles

What is holding you back financially at the moment?

Is it credit card debt, student loans, a home mortgage, or simply not having an idea of how you spend your money?

Take a few seconds and list what your largest financial expenses?

Here are some for starters:

  • Any existing monthly payments (credit cards, car loans, the monthly mortgage, etc.)
  • Any other monthly subscriptions like Netflix, cable tv, phone, etc.
  • How much you spend dining out during your work lunch breaks or at supper when you come home from work or go to soccer practice.

Make a Financial Checklist

The next step is to make a plan to improve your finances. Just because it’s finally Spring and it stay light outside until 9 p.m. doesn’t mean money will start growing on trees. You need to be deliberate with your actions.

You might consider making a financial checklist that has two primary objectives:

  1. Rebalance your budget to reflect your new financial goals
  2. Discover ways to earn additional money

Track Expenses

If you aren’t doing so already. You should be tracking your expenses with a money app or on pen & paper. It only takes a few minutes each week & is a quick way to see if you are on track to meet your financial goals.

The secret to improving your finances is spending less than you earn.

That’s it!

The most efficient way to do this is, is by tracking your spending.

Make Spending and Savings Goals

Once you have an accurate idea of what you spend your money on each month, take your spending data & the list of your financial struggles to make spending & savings goals.

You should give priority to two areas:

Your new “financial life” isn’t just living for the moment, it’s preparing for the future so that you can finally escape the past.

Instead of thinking you have to spend every last penny of your paycheck on experiences and extra value meals, putting away money in a savings account (preferably at least 10% of your take-home pay) can allow you to earn passive income and pay for cash for your future purchases instead of taking on another monthly payment.

Follow-Through On Your Goals

Making goals is a good place to start, but, you need to follow-up to make sure you accomplish them.

That means you & your spouse should sit down and your review your spending for a few minutes (literally no more than 15) at least once a month. Find an accountability partner if you must.

Read personal finance literature like Dave Ramsey.

Share your goals on social media.

There’re lots of tools available.

The desire to change & asking for help can make your dreams a reality.

Boost Your Earning Potential

In addition to cutting expenses, option#2 to improve your finances is increasing your income.

You may decide to earn a side income in your free time or try launching a side business with the intention of earning a replaceable income in time.

You may not have the time, need, or desire to do a side hustle. You can also make some quick bucks by selling your unwanted belongings on sites like Craigslist, Amazon, and eBay as you declutter your house.

No matter how you bring in some extra cash this year, set it aside for one of your goals. It can be for making an extra loan payment, saving for summer vacation, or contributing to a Roth IRA.

Be Glad

Finally, be glad and confident as you see your finances and quality of life improve. Just because you may have made innumerable financial blunders in the past, doesn’t mean that you have to continue repeating history forever.

Along with practicing sound money habits, using additional financial resources, and having a positive attitude. You have plenty to smile about!





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8 Comments on "Rising Your Finances From the Dead"

  1. “Just because you may have made innumerable financial blunders in the past, doesn’t mean that you have to continue repeating history forever.” Good words and really important for many people to really take this to heart.

  2. I love the simple advice that you need to save more than you spend. Too many people don’t understand this simple concept. They makes tons of money but have nothing to show for it. I think that’s why Sam’s article on Financial Samurai went viral about the couple that made $500k but had essentially nothing to show for it with savings. It’s baffling that people don’t save with that type of income.

    • I will need to read that article, sounds very interesting.

    • Troy @ Market History | April 20, 2017 at 6:42 am | Reply

      Mj Demarco was talking about something similar in his book The Millionaire Fastlane. “Wealth is independent of income”. He listed an example of a rapper who made $5 million a year but spent $6 million. Needless to say, the guy went broke really soon.

      • And, all you need to do is look at a list of lottery winners as well. Unfortunately, for too many people a higher salary can quickly turn into more spending money without realize the “ongoing costs” factor.

  3. “Be glad” is a great suggestion to add. You can’t fake contentment, but you can achieve it, and once you have, that strong desire to “buy happiness” declines – and it just becomes easier to be frugal.

    • Very true Ruth. I have been realizing that in the past few years. You never do have enough money, and, it gets a lot easier when you are glad for what yo have. Because, if life twisted a little differently, you might not have as much as you do now.

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