Stretching Your Cents: 4 Attitudes to Be Smart With Your Finances

We always feel like we need to earn more, but perhaps the answer is not in the amount of money we make, but in making the most of what we already have. Every cent can be stretched that little bit further. And this is something that we can all benefit from. If you are well informed financially, it will make a massive difference in your life. With this in mind, what does it take to be smarter with your money?

Surrounding Yourself With the Right Knowledge

Wisdom is everything. And when you compare yourself to the people who have been shrewd investors their entire lives, whether this is Warren Buffett or Barr Rosenberg, you have to remember that financial wisdom is something you can acquire. Because it’s not just about luck or having a certain amount of money, it’s about going beyond your perceived notions of finances. And when you start to realize that investing is not just about streams of income, but is actually a way for you to become wealthier in other ways, you realize what the big financial educators have been talking about all this time. It’s about thinking rich and surrounding yourself with positive resources. Surrounding yourself with successful people who earn a lot of money will expand your thinking and boost your income. Surrounding yourself with knowledge, in terms of people, as well as reading the right resources, will make a massive difference to your life.

Be Specific With Your Goals

If you want to accomplish something in your life, you have to know what you want. Financial goals should be specific, and they need to link with your overarching view of life, in conjunction with your annual income and your net worth. And if you don’t know what your annual income or net worth is, you need to find out! This is the knowledge that will help you set big goals in your life. When you start to be specific with these goals, you will know the next part of your plan. 

Investing Your Spare Change

Investing is the most important habit to accrue finances. Investing is, for many people, incredibly intimidating, and it’s easy to see why. Thankfully, you don’t need a lot of money to start on this journey, but you need to be ready to learn about the benefits of smart investments and how to retire at 62 with 300k for your future. There are many compounding opportunities around. There are also plenty of apps that can point you in the right direction. When you start to invest, you are using any spare cash as a means to generate more. And while it doesn’t always go in your favor, it is the best way to learn. This is why you need to make sure your immediate priorities are covered before you start investing.

Being Aware of How Much You Spend

A very simple thing, but do you know how much you spend on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis? In order to know how much you need to invest, you need to know how much you spend. There are many apps that can help you keep track of your daily expenditure. And as far as mastering your finances is concerned, having inherent knowledge of how much you spend is going to make you far more shrewd in the entire process.

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  1. Very good post and at a mich needed time. I realize that creativity with using less, when to shop and getting the most from less is good.

  2. Setting goals is super important to everything in life. It is nice to see that mentioned intertwined with person finance. I find it so much harder to save with no goal in mind, it can really feel pointless.

  3. Being aware of how much you’re spending seems like such a basic thing, but is sometimes still so hard to do! Especially nowadays when our spending is spread out accross multiple credit, debit cards, Venmo/payment apps….

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