Did you know that over 1 million Americans file for personal bankruptcy every year? I was once very close myself. I didn’t crash and burn, but escaped my financial nosedive. The average household has over ten credit cards. People are living above their means. We are drowning in debt, and the problem is getting worse. Many people are foreclosing on their homes and will have to live on the streets. The root cause of it all? Debt.
When did you receive your last paycheque? How long did it take for you spend the money you earned? Many people spend their entire paycheque the same day or within a week after receiving it. We want to live the dream of having a nice house, a nice yard and a nice car. What “nice” means is subjective. While most Americans can’t afford their own American dream, they are still trying to live it.
Sounds familiar? Are you living paycheque to paycheque yourself? Here are five ways to improve your financial situation:
1. Direct deposit. If you do not have direct deposit setup to receive your paycheque, enrol immediately. Cashing checks at a check-cashing store costs on average anywhere from 1% to 5% of the amount of the check. If you do this each payday, this is money that you are losing. Use direct deposit for free, save yourself some money, and get your money faster.
2. Education. Commit to continuous learning. Go back to school to further your education. Learn something new, or take training classes to expand your skills at your current job. This will put you in a better position to get a promotion or a salary increase. That extra money can can help in many different ways. You can create a savings account, plan for retirement, pay down debts or cover expenses.
3. Budget. Stop using money you don’t have. If you are in debt, stop using your credit cards and pay for everything with cash. Create a budget to determine your total monthly expenses versus income. Reevaluate your spending habits, reduce your expenses and various plans or cancel them (cable, phone, cell phone, Internet, etc.).
4. Savings. You should have enough money saved to cover 3 to 6 months of your bill payments. The interest rate at banks right now is very low. Try opening a high interest online savings account. If you’re in Canada, have a look at Tangerine. If you sign up using my code 17449185S1 you get a $50 bonus! With your savings you can develop long-term goals. You can start planning for retirement, college education, homeownership, etc.
Nothing last forever. If you want to stop living paycheque to paycheque, you have to change your mindset. Take a leap of faith with me and focus on your financial goals. My ebook The Wealthy Artist shares my common sense guide to finding success. The best part, it’s not only for artists.
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