This is a guest post written by SB from onecentatatime.com.
SB blogs about personal finance and productivity.
You might belong to a developed country where a 6-figure inheritance and a heavily paying job can push you towards the top 1% of earners but there are few little things like your money habits which often make the difference between a prosperous life and that of constant financial stress.
There are financial analysts and advisers who not only advise their clients about the benefits of good money habits but they also practice what they preach.
Just by taking a close look at how you spend your money, you could be able to create a considerable amount of savings in a month. Only if you take inventory of the recurring subscriptions and services, you can move on the path of better fortune.
So, what are those habits that you can develop in order to save money?
Here’s what the financial planners have to say.
Reverse your thought process
You may be aware of the fact that after taxes are taken out and your bills are all paid, your monthly income might look a bit anemic which can make the next idea of saving for retirement a far-fetched dream.
But if you have to build wealth, you need a definite change in mindset. Most people usually spend some money, pay off their bills and then save the amount that is left.
First save for your financial goals, then pay your bills and then consider spending money which is leftover. One more trap is putting off your good money habits till later when life gets easier.
Watch out carefully where you wish to go
Just as sportsmen imagine themselves making shot time and again, you also have to keep checking your goal to improve your motivation. You need to have a clear understanding of what your money wants you to do as this can increase your chances of reaching out to your goal. Financial analysts usually suggest having a 5-year plan where you design particular money goals which you would like to achieve in the next 5 years. Whenever we have a goal in mind, it helps us in saving more money.
Lead a life like a ‘secretly’ rich person
For many, the word ‘millionaire’ conjures up views of shiny and sprawling mansions but the fact is that majority of the millionaires never live like that. Rather they tend to live below their means and they save much more than they spend. In short, they never flaunt their wealth and money. Much of the wealth in America is most often the result of diligent savings, hard work and because of the fact that they live below their means.
This is the right time to tackle retirement
Even in your twenties or thirties, retirement should be definitely be in your mind. You may think that saving for retirement is not a priority now but that is a wrong notion.
In between paying for your wedding and saving for your first home, make sure anything that is left over is put towards other necessities like retirement planning. Contribute money towards your employer-sponsored 401(k) accounts as well.
Therefore, no matter how much you belong to a developed country, incorporating few country habits will definitely help you save enough money for your future.