Why We’re Poor – A Guide To Saving Money In The Digital Age

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Over the past few years I’ve come to realize something that – for most of us – should be common sense, but often isn’t. What I’ve realized is that, for the most part, people have very poor self-discipline. There are certain realities that people either choose to ignore, or simply don’t realize; such as the fact that spending more than one earns will always result in debt. You need look no deeper than the state of the real estate markets in the United States, or the ever-increasing levels of credit card debt from the average consumer.

So what’s the solution to our lack of financial self-discipline? I think it has something to do with removing credit cards from day to day purchases. For thousands of years people have traded various forms of physical currency (such as gold and jewels) for labor or intellect, and it’s only recently that we’ve allowed ourselves to spend money that we don’t have through the financial abstraction known as credit cards.

So on that note, I present you with a few simple suggestions that have allowed me to put away hundreds of extra dollars each month.

Simple Ways To Keep More Money In Your Pocket Each Month

  • Make all day-to-day purchases using either cash or your checking account. Being able to see funds subtracted from money you have (instead of from imaginary credit) will make you think twice about purchases.
  • When you want to buy something non-essential, wait two weeks to do so. Usually by the time those two weeks roll around, you’ll realize that you probably didn’t want said item that badly anyway. I started doing this after a string of useless purchases, including thousands of dollars worth of hunting knives (I don’t hunt) and a heavy leather trench coat (I’m not Neo).
  • When making large purchases (such as a TV or Real Doll), put the charge on a credit card that gives you cash back, and then pay your credit card bill immediately. I used to wait until the last-minute to pay my credit card debt because I felt like I would be losing out on interest from the bank if I paid my bill right away.
  • Treat your credit card like an extension of your checking account, and never spend more than you have in your checking account. If it means having to wait a few weeks more for that extra Fleshlight sleeve, so be it.
  • Leave your credit and debit cards at home when you’re out drinking. After a few drinks you’ll be pulling money out left, right, and center. Instead, bring as much cash as you’re willing to blow on booze.

I’ve tried to keep these suggestions as broad and simple as possible; not for you, but for myself. Trying to get myself to budget using self trickery, or strategies such as envelopes representing different categories (rent, entertainment, video games) has never worked for me, and I imagine you’re much the same.



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2 comments on “Why We’re Poor – A Guide To Saving Money In The Digital Age”

  1. Also don’t get a line of credit. It’s good to have in an emergency but don’t get any funny ideas unless you are a 100% sure that you are leaving the country and never, ever returning. If that’s the case, go for it. Also keep the escorts services to a minimum. Treat yourself once every 2 months or so but don’t get hooked on hookers.

  2. When attending the Millionaire Mind presentation there is a very interesting portion the identifies onces relationship with money, hoarders, savers, spend thrifts [paraphrasing the exact titles], the point is it is eye-opening. There were couple whom obviously came to the event together and yet upon this exercise didn’t always end up on the same side of the room.

    T. Harv Eker asserts that he and his wife argued over money for years until he came up with the 5 [I believe its 5] jars method..no more fights over money.

    When I worked for the Bank of California, they brought Jerry Gillies in for a presentation. He said carry $100 in your wallet, don’t spend into it until you know you can replace the amount you are going to spend.

    Prior to coming to the employ of the bank I had read his book, MoneyLove. The section on Prosperity Banking is awesome.

    Also, Dr. I.V.Hilliard, Minister, author had an audio message called, “For The Millionaire Minded Only”, that was educational and spiritual based.

    I don’t remember the Minister’s name but his book, “Becoming A Millionaire God’s Way, explains how his ministry had a number of congregates whom were on welfare and how [by the publishing of the book] 26 of them had become Millionaires.

    The Bible says the poor will always be with us, and I agree with you that its is our habits that make it so. The rich put there pants on the same way that the less fortunate do, yet the MIND SET is dress differently and the actions that are derived for one are advantageous and for the other destructive.


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