I think we can all agree that there is nothing better than the feeling of being financially secure and independent. That situation of having to live from paycheck to paycheck every month, not knowing if you’ll have enough to get you through that last week is horrible, and it is something that in an ideal world nobody should have to go through. There is a saying that it isn’t your salary that makes you rich, it is your spending habits, and to an extent I can get behind this. Here are five important habits you need to achieve financial freedom.
1. Spend Less
It’s really as simple as that! The less you spend on non essential items, the more money you are going to have in your bank account at the end of each month. When you are tempted to make a purchase, ask yourself whether you really do it at this moment in time, could you perhaps wait until you are more financially comfortable to treat yourself? It’s all about making sacrifices in the short term to build up some stability in the long term.
2. Love Your Job
The only way you can get a paycheck every month is by going to work, and it can really help your cause if you are doing a job that you actually love. You will be more motivated to get up and go to work every day, and you will also not be in the mindset of needing to treat yourself to non-essential purchases to be happy and feel fulfilled.
You really need to learn how to manage your cash and how much you spend. Not being aware of your cash flow is one of the biggest factors in a person being financially unstable. When you know exactly how much you have to spend in a period of time, you will be more likely to make better decisions.
4. Pay off Credit Cards
If you rely on credit cards for a lot of your monthly spending, then the one thing that you need to make sure of is that you pay them off in full. Wracking up credit card debt is something that can follow you around for the rest of your life, affecting loans that you can apply for, and pretty much every other financial step that you might want to take.
5. Emergency Fund
Put a percentage of your monthly salary aside each month and label it as an emergency fund for tough times or when you encounter any unforeseen financial responsibilities. The amount you save won’t be enough to affect your normal living, but it will build up and up and will definitely come in handy when you need a cash boost at short notice.