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When it comes down to financial stability…the reality is that, it’s not always how much you make that matters…but, instead, how much of it you SPEND…and here’s where we get into the problem.
The Biggest Money Savers:
It’s important to live below our mans, reduce what isn’t necessary, and don’t overextend ourselves in terms of where we live. This can be reduced by renting out unused space, buying a property with a guest or rental unit, and investing in real estate long term to offset the monthly cost.
My recommendation is just this: UNLESS you need a “nice” car for professional use…go and get the most affordable, reliable, good on gas used car you can – and then drive it until it doesn’t run anymore.
One of the BEST ways to cut down on your tax bill, AND invest at the same time – is to make sure you’re taking advantage of your Employer 401K. This is a tax-advantaged retirement account that allows you to contribute up to $19,500 per year of PRE-TAX money, meaning – every $1 you contribute to a 401k will reduce your taxable income by that very same $1, so that way – you owe less in tax, and have more money left over to invest.
4. Dining Out / Restaurants
IF you’re dining out, or going to a restaurant, or getting food delivery – AVOID doing that out of laziness. BUT, if you’re idea of a good time is going out and ordering a nice meal once a week with friends and family – THEN, sure – I think that’s a worthwhile experience.
I think you would be surprised how much you could save with an hour of work, calling around, and comparing personal insurance rates!
6. Debt Repayment / Credit Cards
Take the approach of cutting back as much as you can, in every possible area – and throwing ALL of that money at the debt with the highest interest rate above 5%.
7. Clothing / Apparel
People are spending, on average, $133 per month on apparel – if this is you, go and take a look at your closet, and notice how many clothes you REALLY end up wearing on a regular basis. Stop shopping, or cut down your clothing budget by HALF. That would equate to another $65 per month of savings.
Even though this is only $64 per month according to the study….unless there’s some sort of unknown benefit to you here…chances are, this is entirely a waste.
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