|Challenge to Change|
We have all heard the saying, if you want a different result you need to do something different to get it. That is very true, but it is not comfortable. If you want to lose weight, you have to change your eating and exercise habits. I can give you a few pointers on those things but I will just stick with your personal finance. If you are tired of the same pattern your life is in, try a couple of quick changes and stick to them. If they are not working change them. I will issue you a budget challenge, a debt challenge and a saving challenge. Pick an area that you want to work on and dive in. Here they go-
1. Budget Challenge- If you dont live on a written budget every month this may be for you. First list all of your expenses, debts, bills, hobbies etc. List them in order of importance. (Hint-Food, clothing, shelter, Transportation and utilities most important.) Set the amounts you need to spend and make sure you stick to them. Remember this concept that the government cannot, you cannot spend more money than you make. When you have spent every dollar you made, on paper, you are finished. If you come up short you have to either make more money or cut some categories. Download a budget here if you like.
2. Debt Challenge- Maybe you are on a budget and you have been on cruse control for the summer and have not attacked your debts the way you like. List all of your debts smallest to largest, squeeze all of the money you can out of the budget and attack the smallest debt like ants at a picnic!! To give yourself a little motivation add up all of your non- mortgage monthly debt payments and see how much you could be keeping yourself instead of sending it to others. Once you are good and mad throw everything you can at the smallest debt and start knocking it out. Remember debt robs you of the ability to build wealth. Visa has a plan for your money make your plan better than theirs.
3. Saving- With school coming up in less than a month, and the holidays around the corner, you will need to buy things. The best purchase plan is to pay for it and be done. You cannot wait until you make more money to save because you will always spend it before it gets in the savings account. Put your savings in your budget first and pay yourself first. Determine what you will need to have for what ever you are saving for and sacrifice to get there. The holidays are much more fun when they are paid for!!
Let me know if you have any questions. Also let me know how you do, it helps to here the successes of others who have the same struggles. It is encouraging!!
Quotes to think about:
"You can't build a reputation on what you're GOING to do." Henry Ford
A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor people perfected without trials.
We cannot start over, but we can begin now, and make a new beginning" Zig Ziglar
When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane. Stephen Wright