As the years go on, individuals often forget the basics of money. These basics include not spending more than your means, getting the lowest interest loan available, paying a rent or mortgage, which falls within your budget, etc. The concern which arises is finding the motivation and the willpower to be able to practice these basics in our day-to-day lives.
Here listed are ways through which you can change your perspective about money:
View Money as a Means to an End
Some people view money as something through which they can gain status. In some cases, being able to buy an expensive home or a luxury car represents this status. Others are motivated to be financially independent or as a path to earlier retirement. Whatever the motivation, viewing money as a means to your personal ends can be powerful.
If you lost your job tomorrow, if you have not saved or spent money well, you may need to borrow money to survive the loss. This will make you a financial burden to a third party, which can be devastating. If you change your perspective on money to be a means to an end, you will be able to save for emergencies, luxuries, or financial independence. Being financially independent or having buying power will give you the willpower and motivation to earn and save money.
Save to Save not to Spend Later
Saving money has always been an ideal goal. Saving money should be something that continues even when you have met savings goals initially set. The habit of living inside your means should be lifelong and carried through all your financial goals.
Though some savings should be towards specific purchases or set aside for emergencies, once these are accomplished, save to save, not spend. There should be some amount of your savings, which is for the distant future and not for spending on current expenditures. Changing your perspective on savings can make sure you have a healthy bank account when you retire, hopefully, earlier than planned.
Financial Health in Check
Often, we have people in our lives that are financially healthy and others who are not doing well with finances. We should be mindful of where we get financial advice or cues. In some cases, we have friends or family that model excellent financial health, and we can learn a lot from them from their example or advice. Even the ones in our lives with poor financial health can be an example of what not to do. The best way to keep your financial health in check is to seek out a professional financial adviser or source of information. The perspective that healthy finances are important to maintain is one that will make sure they stay that way.
If followed, these three ways to change your perspective on money will help you to be financially independent. The idea is that if you treat money as a means to an end, save to save and not spend, and keep your financial health in check, it will lead to financial freedom and no stress when it comes to money.About Complete Controller® – America’s Bookkeeping Experts Complete Controller is the Nation’s Leader in virtual bookkeeping, providing service to businesses and households alike. Utilizing Complete Controller’s technology, clients gain access to a cloud-hosted desktop where their entire team and tax accountant may access the QuickBooks™️ file, critical financial documents, and back-office tools in an efficient and secure environment. Complete Controller’s team of certified US-based accounting professionals provide bookkeeping, record storage, performance reporting, and controller services including training, cash-flow management, budgeting and forecasting, process and controls advisement, and bill-pay. With flat-rate service plans, Complete Controller is the most cost-effective expert accounting solution for business, family-office, trusts, and households of any size or complexity.