Monday, August 17, 2015

Why is it so hard to get ahead?

My grandfather bought his house for $6,500. He had no retirement after 20+ years of working for the same employer. They gave him $100 each month in lieu of a retirement check. He saved more than $200,000 over the course of his life. My grandfather clearly had respect for money. Our culture today has lost sight of this respect. 

Today’s generation fears not that they won’t have something, but that they won’t have everything. Twenty-five percent to 50 percent of purchases are unplanned. What’s the big deal? The average American will retire with only $57,000 to live on.

Personal debt has increased by 123 percent. Do you know how long it takes to pay off your credit card if you pay only the minimal amount? 20 to 30 years! 

Most Americans severely overpay their taxes.

Care for a challenge?
Here’s my personal challenge : Track your expenses for one month. Set your expenses up in categories. Write down every penny you spend. If you don’t want to track your business expenses, do at least your personal expenses (date, what you spent, what you spent it on). This will help you get a really good grasp on how much you’re spending. 

I spoke with someone recently who has been selling stock to finance his lifestyle. That’s upside down. If you’re selling stuff to support your lifestyle, you’re upside down financially. Live on less than you make, save and invest with the difference. If you’re doing anything else, you’re upside down financially.