Know how valuable your time is.
No matter how much money you have, you can’t buy more time. There are only 24 hours in everyone’s day. Warren (Buffett) has a keen sense of this. He doesn’t let his calendar get filled up with useless meetings. On the other hand, he’s very generous with his time for the people he trusts. He gives his close advisers at Berkshire his phone number, and they can just call him up and he’ll answer the phone.
(Good advice for all business owners…spend time doing what you do best, and leave the other details to those who know those details best. Contact us today (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’d like to stop dealing in the bookkeeping details!)
via Three Things I’ve Learned From Warren Buffett | LinkedIn.
Mistake 1: Only saving what’s left over
Do you continue to worry that you’re not saving enough? Do you routinely rely on credit rather than cash to pay for the things you want or need? Rather than blame your financial inertia on your income, look a bit deeper, because the real culprit may be the lack of financial priorities. If you don’t know exactly how you’re spending your money and you haven’t set financial goals, it’s unlikely that you’ll see much financial progress.
Go back to basics by preparing (or reviewing) your budget. If you tend to save only what you have left over every month, you can put yourself on a more disciplined course by having a fixed amount taken out of your paycheck automatically for retirement. Or, you can set up automatic transfers from your checking account to a savings or investment account.
Mistake 2: Not having an emergency fund
One lesson that you may have learned over the past few years is that the job market isn’t stable. That’s a major reason why one of your savings priorities should be an emergency fund. While it isn’t glamorous, this underappreciated workhorse really pulls its weight during hard times. Having cash on hand that you can use for an unexpected expense, or to pay bills if you lose your job, is vital because it can help you avoid having to rely on credit or tap your retirement savings. If you don’t have emergency savings to fall back on, a minor money shortfall can quickly turn into a major cash crisis.
Mistake 3: Not asking for help
Even if your finances are in good shape right now, you may be overdue for a checkup. Reviewing your finances is especially important during periods of volatility because it can help reveal potential strengths and weaknesses, and identify changes you might need to make to adjust to the current economic climate. And if you’re already in financial trouble, don’t let fear or shame prevent you from asking for help. Facing financial problems early may help you make a full recovery. Many creditors are willing to work with you, but this may be much easier while your credit is still good, and while you still have time to turn things around.
via Four Money Mistakes You Might Be Making – 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy.
It’s not easy, but the 50/30/20 budget fix works. Start where you are, and work toward the 50/30/20.
And why limit yourself to the 50?
- It gives you flexibility. Your income could drop by half and you’d still be able to pay your essential bills. When your must-haves eat up more of your income, you have less ability to cope with setbacks such as layoffs, reduced work hours or unexpected expenses.
- It helps you figure out what you can and can’t afford. If you’re considering adding a loan payment or other contractual obligation to your overhead, you simply check to see if it would push you over the 50% mark. If not, you can consider adding the payment; if so, you don’t.
- It gives you balance. Limiting your overhead allows you to have money for the pleasures in life, such as dinners out and vacations, without stress. It also allows you to get out of debt and save for your future.
The 50/30/20 budget fix – 1 – budgets & spending – MSN Money.