You may be asking, “What is financial discipline?” Regardless of whether you have heard this term before, this post will help you understand what it takes to be disciplined with money and help you on your path to a debt-free life.
I like to consider myself somewhat disciplined. Mostly with goals -but not so much with cleaning. haha
Do you need to raise your credit score by 200 points?
Do you have a low credit score? In fact, you may not even know your credit score number, but chances are if you haven’t been paying your bills on time your credit has been affected.
Your credit score is important, yet many ignore this number and don’t check their credit score or take advantage of their annual free credit report. Like most things in life, it is best to be knowledgable about your credit history and use this information to help raise your credit score if needed.
Therefore, it is essential to find out your credit score and improve your number. You can raise your credit score by 200 points with some simple tips and a little time.
If you follow me you know I LOVE to save money! However, there are some things that are worth spending money on and I don’t mind spending money on things that are important to me and my family.
Sure we all love our stuff, but buying a bunch of knick-knacks that take up space in my home and life doesn’t appeal to me much. I like owning things I will actually use, but owning a bunch of stuff just to own it, causes clutter and confusion.
And if you are wondering what I will spend money on, if you guessed experiences, you are right!
So when my husband and I budget our money we always plan for a few vacations per year. There are also a few other things we must have in our lives I will discuss in the post.
Keep in mind, this is our “fun money.” We continue to pay down our mortgage, save for retirement/emergency fund, save for our children’s college fund, invest our money, and we have paid off our cars. So we are using Warren Buffet’s advice and spending our money only after we have saved.
Then with what is left over, we budget travel into our yearly goals and we love showing our kids the world.
In fact, we rarely go on a trip without our littles. We want them to experience life with us and we both know life is short and you have to live.
Yes, it is important to pay down debt and learn to budget, but after that is taken care of, it is time to start enjoying life.
Are you looking to save money? It is true, many Americans are living paycheck to paycheck and this makes it difficult to save.
According to deb.org consumer debt was approaching $14-trillion after the second quarter of 2019.
However, if you are in debt or trying to save, you can change your personal financial situation by living frugally.
Unfortunately, many have a negative association with the word frugal. Often people think of frugal as being cheap and confining. Yet, being frugal can literally change your life.
If you are able to cut back – on some things – you can build wealth and as time passes you will live your dream life. This all can be possible by learning to cut back now. By living below your means, you can build savings and have a cushion so one emergency doesn’t send you over the edge.
Did you know one of the qualities of millionaires is being frugal? After Thomas J Stanley, Ph.D. and Sarah Stanley Fallow, Ph.D. interviewed over 600 millionaires for the book “The Millionaire Next Door“, she learned that one of the traits of many millionaires is frugality. In fact, many would not be recognized as millionaires in everyday life.
Yes, if you can cut back on spending now, you will set yourself up for a better future and perhaps become one of these said millionaires.
Although you may be in the habit of spending freely without concern if you are in debt and do not have the money to support this way of living than frugal living is definitely something you want to consider.
For the next four weeks, I will be showcasing some of the frugal recipes I make at home. Let me preface by saying, I am not a master chef, but I am a master at saving money. And one of my favorite ways to save money is to meal plan and save on food.
Yes, your food bill does not have to take up your entire paycheck. You can make yummy recipes that will leave your family feeling full and you will save money on evening snacks if you are cooking these mouth-watering, easy meals.
The best part about this easy baked ziti recipe is there is always leftovers so I usually get two meals out of this recipe, which costs around $7 total to make so that is $3.50 per meal. -Not $3.50 per serving, $3.50 per meal! You get my excitement here, right?