Turn dead money into seed money
Financial success is much easier than you think and is often just a matter of prioritizing your spending. The first thing to do is to find out where your money is going and where is disappears into the sunset never to be seen again. Much of this type of spending is dead money because you have nothing to show for it. You need to convince it to stay at home and work for you rather than fill someone Else’s pockets.
There are a number of money leaks which drain your finances so lets take a took at some of the main culprits.
If you have hire purchase loans, credit card loans, or bank or finance company loans then a good deal of your money is being spent servicing the loan. There is a cost to using other people’s money to buy stuff and that is called interest. In order to become debt free and save money, you need to decide on what youer priorities are and MAKE SACRIFICES. As painful as it may sound, you must do an audit in order to work out how much of your money in going in interest payments per annum.
If you are seriously in debt then talking to a budget advisor make sense.
STUFF YOU NO LONGER NEED
Everyone has stuff they no longer need just lying about around the house. This can all be considered “dead money”. Your stuff can be converted into cash and turned into seed money for your future wealth. Selling the stuff on ebay will give you some extra money to invest. You can then put this money to work for you.
HOBBIES AND SPORT
People will spend a fortune on their hobbies and the question of whether the amount you are spending on yours is going to affect your financial plans in the future. We hear of people who spend absurd amounts of money on whatever they are collecting yet when it comes to retirements savings bury their head in the sand. The money spent on this stuff is really dead money because it is not producing any wealth.
Sport is in a separate category altogether because being a participate in sporting activities promotes health and well being but you are able to minimize the amount spent so that what it is costing you does not get out of hand.
MONEY LYING IDLE
Money just lying in a low interest account earning just 2% interest is losing its value because when inflation and tax are both considered, it has lost its value and is worth less than 12 months ago. It all depends on what the purpose of that money is. If it is rainy day money then you may be better off investing it in Bonus Bonds where instead of being paid interest, you go into a draw to win prizes including a million dollar prize. It may be a long shot but at least you have a chance.
It all adds up during the course of a year. $4 or so for one cup of coffee per day does not sound much but if you buy say three cups of coffees per day that is $12 per day you are spending on coffee. That is $60 per week (5 days per week) and during the course of a year, that is $3,000 worth of coffee you are drinking. That could be your retirement savings or an overseas trip, or whatever you may prefer to spend your money on which you can see with your own eyes what your labours have paid for.
Learn to look at your spending on an annual basis because it does not sound like money money when you are paying for something in small amounts but like a dripping tap, leaks like this can add up to a lake. These little money leaks can then be used as your seed money to build your future wealth.
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