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The Road To Wealth: Mastering Personal Finance

 

Not all bumps are this clearly marked.

Have you hit a bump on the road to wealth?

How can you turn your dreams for a better life into reality? Whether you are in debt up to your neck, scrapping by, or starting to get ahead, it won’t hurt to check and see if you are doing everything in your power to improve the odds. Here are 10 steps we believe can make a real difference: Continue reading

Happiness

 
What role does money play in defining your happiness? What if you had more money than you can imagine to spend as you see fit? Would you quit your job? Would you buy a new house? A new car? A luxury yacht? Would you toss out your old wardrobe and buy all new clothing? Would you replace your old furniture? And once you bought all these things, how would you spend the rest of your fortune? On travel? Art? Gourmet food? Do you ever see reaching a point, where the idea of spending money would get old or tiring? And more importantly, would “owning” all those new things bring a bigger sense of joy to your life, or would owning “more stuff” ultimately weigh you down with added burdens? We think Thomas Jefferson had a point when he said: Continue reading

Great Savings 59 – Build Hope For The Long-Term

 

This beautiful sunset promises a bright new day.

Do you hold hope for the future?

Nothing kills a savings plan faster than the inability to think long-term. For some thinking long-term is easy. For others, the lack of hope for something better makes the very notion of long-term investing feel like an impossible dream. Yet it’s worth asking: Is hope something that happens to us by chance or something we hold the power to create? Continue reading

Great Savings 58 – Stop Lying To Yourself

 

gst58-numberWhat’s the biggest impediment to improving your lifestyle or better still getting rich? Maybe it has nothing to do with having enough money. Maybe it’s more simple. Maybe it’s more in how you fail to make money a priority. In essence, how you lie to yourself about an ongoing financial situation. Don’t believe it? Then consider these questions: Continue reading

Great Savings 55 – Save On Extended Warranties

 

I just bought a new stove.

When does it make sense to buy an extended warranty? Check out the guidelines below.

An extended warranty is basically a special type of insurance policy to help defray your costs should something you buy need an unexpected repair and it’s no long covered by the products regular warranty. Most often you won’t learn the cost for this policy until you’re at the checkout counter and under the gun to make a decision. At this point you’ve already committed to buy the product so pushing this extra cost on you is easier for the store. But how do you know if you’re really getting your money’s worth? Follow these simple guidelines for some peace of mind… Continue reading

Great Savings 54 – Embrace Your Passion

JB is a couch potato.

JB contemplates getting off the couch.

Do you feel like you are in a constant tug of war where you are the rope and others pull you this way and that? For some, this ebb and flow is just the way life is supposed to be, meaning life just happens to you and you have to take what comes. Yet someone you know is different for the simple reason they know their true passion and continually choose to pursue it with a vengeance. These people don’t let life happen, they make it happen. Continue reading

Great Savings 53 – Cut Back On Life’s Noise

 

A gorgeous Mexican sunset over the marina in Cabo.

What matters most in your life? Are you going after it? Are you letting things get in the way?

Every day we are bombarded with messages. We touched on all the messages aimed to get us to buy in our Great Savings Tip #22 – Tune Out To Tune In. This time around we’ll focus on other types of messages that hit us just as hard. These messages come at us from all directions, pull us this way and that, and ultimately leave us with underlying stress. We like to call these messages life’s noise. Get sucked in and swallowed by life’s noise and the risk is to end up so out of sync with your real priorities you never seem to get anything accomplished. Continue reading

Never Say Die

 

Why do some people succeed where others fail? Is it really because they are smarter or more gifted? Is it because they are luckier? What if success was really just a measure of our ability to reject defeat?

 

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. A Quote by Thomas Edison.

 

 

Great Savings 51 – Building Better Relationships

 

Treat people with respect. You'll never know when it might matter.

Speck doesn’t care what you say. He’ll love you anyway. Maybe we should all be try to be more like Speck.

As you go through your day how do you treat the people you meet? Are you attentive? Do you listen to what they say? Does it depend on the person? Is it easier to treat some people better than others? Do you feel superior to most people? Do you hear their suggestions? Do you take their criticism? Do you lash out indiscriminately? It’s a fair question to ask what any of this has to do with saving money or building wealth, but it turns out that how we treat others makes a huge difference in our quality of life. Don’t believe it? Then you’d best read on… Continue reading

The Creation Of Wealth

 
Is the creation of wealth inherently evil? Will having a certain amount of money automatically corrupt your basic principles? What would you do with your money if you amassed a fortune?

 

Margaret Thatcher quote on the creation of wealth.

 

Don’t let money rule you. Learn to use money wisely.

 

 

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