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1. You don’t have a plan
Your financial future depends on what’s happening right now. People spend countless hours watching television, YouTube or scrolling through their social media feeds, but it is out of the question to set aside two hours a week for their finances. You have to know where you’re going. Make it a priority to spend some time planning your finances. Stop being lazy and start doing.
2. Living on Borrowed Money
3. Spending Excessive/Frivolous
Your fortunes can be destroyed, one dollar at a time. When you pick up that double-mocha cappuccino, pause for a pack of cigarettes, have dinner out or order the pay-per-view video, it may not seem like a big deal, but every little thing adds up.
Just $25 a week spent on going out will cost you $1,300 a year, which could go to an additional mortgage payment or some extra car payments. When you face financial hardship, it really counts to stop this error–after all, if you’re just a few dollars away from eviction or default, that dollar would mean more than ever.
4. Payments taking over your life
Ask yourself if you need items that keep you paying each month, year after year. Things such as cable television, music services, or fancy gym memberships can force you to pay incessantly, but leave nothing to you. When money is tight or you just want to save more, adopting a leaner lifestyle can go a long way to fattening your finances and getting rid of financial hardship.
5. New car purchase
Cars are sold every year by the millions, although few buyers can afford to pay for them in all cash. The inability to pay cash for a new car, however, means that the car can not be afforded. After all, the ability to pay is not the same as the ability to afford the car. In fact, the consumer pays the debt on a depreciating asset by lending money to buy a vehicle, which amplifies the disparity between the car’s value and the price paid for it. Worse yet, every two or three years, many people trade in their cars and lose money on every business.
Sometimes a person has no choice but to take out a loan to buy a car, but how much is a big SUV really needed by any consumer? The cost of such vehicles is buying, insuring, and fuel. Is a V8 engine worth the extra cost of taking out a large loan, unless you tow a boat or trailer or need an SUV to earn a living?
Consider buying one that uses less gas and costs less to insure and maintain if you need to buy a car and/or borrow money to do so. Cars are expensive, and if you buy more cars than you need, you burn money that might have been saved or used to pay off debt.
6. Household expenses
Spending too much on your house is not necessarily better when it comes to buying a house. Unless you have a large family, it will only mean more expensive taxes, maintenance, and utilities to choose a 6,000-square-foot home. Do you really want your monthly budget to include such a significant, long-term dent?
7. Refinancing money is not real money
Refinancing and cash-out mean giving someone else the ownership. It also costs you, in interest and fees, thousands of dollars. Smart investors want to build equity and not making meaningless payments. Therefore, you’ll end up paying more for your house than it’s worth, which practically means that when you decide to sell, you won’t come out on top.
8. Living paycheck to paycheck
Most families are living paycheck to paycheck, and if you are not equipped, an unexpected crisis will easily turn into a catastrophe. Overspending’s cumulative result puts people in a precarious position–one in which they need every dime they earn and one missed paycheck would be disastrous. You don’t want to find yourself in that position when an economic recession hits. If that happens, there will be very few options for you.
Many financial planners are going to tell you to keep expenses worth three months in an account where you can quickly access it. Employment loss or economic change could drain your savings and put you in a debt-paying cycle. The difference between keeping or losing your house could be a three-month buffer.
9. Not investing
10. Using your savings to pay off debt
You may think that if your debt is 19 percent higher and your retirement account is 7 percent higher, swapping the debt withdrawal means you’re going to pocket the difference. But that’s not that easy. Besides losing the power of compounding, it’s very difficult to pay back those retirement funds, and you might get hit with heavy fees. Borrowing from your retirement account can be a viable option with the right mindset, but even the most disciplined planners have a hard time setting aside money to rebuild these accounts.
When the debt is paid off, it usually goes away with the urgency of paying it back. Continuing investing at the same rate will be very enticing, suggesting you could go back into debt again. If you’re going to pay off debt with savings, you’ve got to live like you’ve got a debt to pay-to your pension fund.
To get away from the dangers of over-spending, start by monitoring the small expenses that add up quickly, then move on to monitoring the large expenses. When adding new liabilities to your balance ledger, think carefully and note that being able to make a transaction is not the same as being able to afford the cost. Ultimately, save some of your profits on a monthly basis, along with spending time creating a sound financial strategy.