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“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned…to buy things they don’t want…to impress people they don’t like.” – Will Rogers
Have you heard this one before? Will Rogers definitely hit the nail on the head in terms of budgeting. I mean, where do we draw the line between what we want and what we need? When budgeting, we should ask ourselves if we really want something or if we are buying it to impress someone else. If that is the case, it is better left on the shelf.
It doesn’t help that 8 out of 10 of Americans are in debt (source CNBC.com). Money management has been left behind as we view commercials showcasing the “cool” guy in the car with a bunch of hot girls, the best hair, best clothes, and the best life! He is living “the good life” we all want, right? It is because of advertisements such as these that most people feel what they have is never enough and going into debt for “the good life” is as easy as a stroll in the park.
Yes, my friends…Advertising is at an all-time high. You may not realize you want that new lamp until you see a perfectly placed store display at Target and the lamp starts calling your name. After watching one cartoon, my kids now want three different toys they didn’t even know existed until the said cartoon was complete.
It seems the latest and greatest has replaced any concern for sticking to a budget. Credit cards are the norm and people spend on a whim without realizing the full consequences. These consequences of spending without a budget include the following:
- Huge debt
- Paying interest
- Paying more for items because of interest
- Losing your car
- Losing your house
- Unneeded stress and anxiety
- Debt collectors
Is your budget bursting like the buttons on Santa’s coat? Is swiping your credit card making your anxiety run high? Holiday spending is a major cause of stress. It is easy to get caught up in all the gift giving and Holiday activities that we live in the moment and forget the Holidays can spin us into a whirlwind of debt.
The best way to curb the anxiety is to create a plan. If you make a budget and check it twice, you are bound to have a stress free Holiday Season with visions of a debt-free life dancing in your head.
According to an annual study conducted by Prosper Insight and Analytics people plan to spend an average of $967.13 which is up about 3.4% from last year (source National Retail Federation). Not to mention, 56% of Americans plan on going into debt for the Holidays and although many realize how important a budget is 58% of families fail to stay on budget. (source: The Motley Fool). Spending $967.13 is a HUGE chunk of change, especially if you are already struggling financially.
Many are tempted to dip into their emergency fund or retirement account or open a credit card to make ends meet during the Holiday Season. This is a bad idea all around. Your emergency fund should be used only when NEEDED and using a credit card only guarantees you will pay way more because of interest. Since going into debt this Holiday season is not an option, I’m going to give you some jingly-good ideas to help save your budget and still have a nice Christmas or any Holiday you celebrate.
Fall Slow Cooker Roundup
Fall is here my friends! I love the cool, crisp air, sweatshirts in the morning, and watching football with my hubby (okay to be honest, he likes that more than me!) One thing I truly miss all summer is my favorite fall cooking method – my crock-pot (check out my favorite one here)! I gave this baby a rest during the summer months, especially when our air conditioner broke – didn’t want to create any extra heat! But now that the weather is cooler, bring on the warmth and delicious smells from the easiest way to cook ever.
I will be lighting my pumpkin latte candle, pulling my hoodie over my ears, and running my crock-pot meals all day (and you should too)! Since I love my crock-pot so much I decided to help all my readers by collecting a bunch of yummy fall crock-pot recipes. These recipes are Ahhhh-mazing! You will walk out of your house in the morning with dinner set and walk back in with the smell of any of these choice recipes filling your house and your tummy!
No more worries about dinner, mama! I’ve got you covered!
Recently I was asked, “How can I save when I can’t pay my bills.” This was a profound question because I know the struggle of having very little funding and trying to scrimp and save to get by. We often forget, there are millions of people in our country struggling to stay afloat with their day-to-day bills. Yes, these are hard-working people who just can’t seem to get their ledgers in the black.
Some have enough money but spend themselves into a whirlwind of debt. Yet, others do not make enough money and can’t make ends meet. In either situation, life can become stressful, worrisome, and it is difficult to live your best life because bills are always looming in the back of your mind like an unstable tree trunk ready to crash.
My mission at “I Heart Frugal” is to help people live and amazing debt-free life through budgeting and living within their means. This goal may seem impossible for some when faced with mounting bills. As the bills pile high, catching up seems near to impossible. However, I am here to tell you, there is help and you can do something about your financial situation.
There are so many others out there that are sharing your same money problems, but the good news is, there IS something you can do about it. So let’s get real about your finances, admit there is a problem, and focus on the solution: A good budget and money-saving action plan. After you have created your action plan, take some steps to avoid this situation in the future.
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Best Money Quotes Series – #1
Please enjoy my new series: Money quotes! These inspirational quotes will help kick-start your financial goals into overdrive and motivate you to save! My first quote in this series is by financial guru Suze Orman, whom I have followed for years.
For those of you that don’t know Suze Orman, she is a financial guru, New York Times best seller, motivational speaker, magazine colunmist and Emmy award winning television host. She is known for her “Can I afford it” series, where she allows her viewers to call in and learn if they should spend their money on a wanted item or trip. Nonetheless, she teaches people to get their affairs in order including budgeting, investing, retirement, life-insurance, and living wills.
My husband and I used to watch her show together on Saturday nights before we had kids (I know, what a fun date!). Her advice was astounding and really helped us to have some great money conversations and set financial goals as a couple.
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Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps
Who is Dave Ramsey?
Dave Ramsey is a financial guru that has been through it all. He was a millionaire at age 26 but lost it all, only to turn it around and come back stronger at a net worth of around $55 million. Dave made it his mission to help others learn from his mistakes and to leave debt in the past.
Dave often uses biblical references to teach people about money. Moreover, he is known to quote Proverbs 22:7 stating, “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.” After losing it all Dave has quickly built up his wealth, maintained his marriage, and now helps people learn the value of a dollar. Nonetheless, he teaches people how to pay down debt with his debt snowball methods.
Not only does Dave have New York Times Best selling books he also created a class called “Financial Peace University” where he teaches live or video version of his baby steps method for becoming debt free and building wealth.
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