Are you living paycheck to paycheck and want to learn how to finally stop living paycheck to paycheck. This article discusses how you can stop living paycheck to paycheck starting today.
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First, it’s not surprising that just as many people are running out of paychecks at $200,000 per year, as they are at $50,000 per year. Even though I don’t have any conclusive research to back this up, I believe that the TYPE of person to overspend at $50,000 – would be just as likely to overspend at $200,000 – which is why, overall, spending increases in proportion to your income. Even if they are barely scraping by at $200,000 – increasing their income to $500,000 wouldn’t solve the underlying issue.
Why We Spend So Much Money
This might even be a derisive of Parkinson’s Law, which suggests that our work expands to fill the time available – or, in this case, our spending expands to fill our available income. So, the only way to BREAK this cycle in the first place is to NOT give in to lifestyle inflation, and make a VERY conscious effort to keep your spending THE EXACT SAME – regardless of how much you’re making.
So, at least from that perspective…we can understand the psychology behind why people aren’t saving money, aren’t are they should be saving, spend as much as they make – regardless of how much they make, and will always worry about money until the end of time. But, if you take a proactive approach to fixing this problem…you CAN make a difference:
At this point, I’m a firm believer in focusing on the things we have full control over, NOW, and what we can actually do to make a positive step in the right direction, today. And part of that comes with taking responsibility for our own actions, and realizing that we can direct our finances in any way we chose…and that all starts with budgeting.
How To Make A Budget
Since less than 1/3rd of workers surveyed had a budget…and 78% live paycheck to paycheck…I think it’s no surprise, a budget should be the FIRST thing on anyone’s list who isn’t saving the money that they need. You need this to stop living paycheck to paycheck.
This, to me, is even more important than finding a new job or making more money…because, again, if the initial problem isn’t solved…it’ll continue.
So, to make a budget…I’d highly recommend free resources like Mint.com or PersonalCapital.com, which will automatically track your income and expenses – and then give you a detailed breakdown of where every last dollar is going.
By doing that, you can better identify the things you don’t need to spend money on…and then, create a budget to cut back. If Americans are spending, on average, $500 on non-essential spending…there is FOR SURE room to cut back.
How To Save Your Money
Second, to help stave away lifestyle inflation…I highly recommend SAVING AND INVESTING YOUR MONEY FIRST, and then SPENDING what’s left over…not the other way around. I also recommend waiting to buy anything that isn’t already in your budget, even if it’s just 24 hours…because, most of the time – when you sleep on something overnight…you’ll wake up the next day and realise that, eh, you don’t really want it all that bad.
And third, realise that this applies to nearly EVERYONE. Consider it like going to the gym…just because your in shape, doesn’t mean you stop going to the gym…because, after all, that’s what got you in shape to begin with. Same applies to this.