The Best Way to Teach your Kids about Finance

Learning how to deal with our finances isn’t something that happens overnight. We definitely need to make some mistakes to understand what we should do with our money. The problem is when we make those mistakes in our adulthood, and let’s be honest, we all have been there. So, the only way we can prevent this from happening to our kids is by helping them to make financial mistakes while they’re young. The mistakes we want them to make are: having wrong priorities when it comes to buy things and not budget their money properly. How can it happen?

First- Earning the Money

1.Monthly Amount

Giving them a certain amount every month will mimic our salary.

2.Paid Chores

Give them chores that they don’t normally do and pay them for it, this will be similar to our extra hours at work.

Second- Their Goals

1.Goals

Help them write down all the things they want to buy, whether that’s toys, clothes, etc. Try to include something that would be in their “needs” category, if they were an adult.

2.Priorities

Have them write down the priorities of what they should get first.  

3.Budget

Ask them if they think they should have a budget or not. If they think they do, help them make it but stick to what they think it’s correct.

Third- The Mistakes

1.Mistakes

They will understand that their priorities were wrong (because they’ll most likely choose something that they want instead of what they need to be on top of the list). They will also understand that they need a “Plan of Action” aka a budget to get what they need.

2.Help them

Acknowledge their mistakes will help so much in their future. They’re going to need you to explain how things should be done, and don’t forget to show them that the mistakes they made were good and that they should be proud of themselves for being able to recognise and overcome them.

3.Encourage

Now that they’ve done all this, encourage them to not give up and give them a present or something they’d love to have. Dealing with finances will become a positive thing for them!

Thank you for reading it, and I’ll see you in my next post.

How to Achieve Financial Freedom

Financial freedom is something we all want to achieve. We’re constantly worried about our future, and most of our worries are about our finances. In order to achieve this, we need to follow a few steps.

This is How you Achieve Financial Freedom.

1.Create a Budget

Create the perfect budget for you and your family. Always prioritize savings, and make sure to adapt as you go. Check How to Budget your Income, The Ultimate Beginners Guide to the “50/30/20” System and The Ultimate Beginners Guide to the “Cash Envelope” System to figure out your perfect budget system.

2. Pay off Debts

This is a crucial step to reach financial freedom. Trust me, it isn’t impossible. Check 10 Habits to become Debt Free faster for some inspiration.

3. Have an Emergency Fund

Unpredictable things can happen at any time. Having that money on the side will have a soothing effect on your mind, and it will help you a lot in case of an emergency.

4. Have savings

Have goals for your money and save up for them. This habit will keep you away from debts. Check Different types of Savings everyone should have.

5. Stop living above your means

Most of us do this and don’t even know. After creating your budget, you’ll definitely start realizing  what you’re spending too much money, for example overly high rents, etc.

I hope this post was helpful, thank you for reading it, and I’ll see you in my next one.

Bad money habits you need to break

A while ago, I started making a lot of changes to improve my finances. I realized I wasn’t saving the amount of money I desired and after breaking some bad habits, my savings account increased.. a lot! So, today I’m sharing with you 4 bad habits you need to break and achieve financial freedom.

1.Living above your means

Many of us do this without even realizing. For example, I used to dine out every weekend and I clearly couldn’t afford that lifestyle at the time. Some people pay extremely high rents for what I can afford, etc. Figure out what kind of lifestyle you can afford and make the most out of it.

2. Not saving for an emergency fund

Emergency funds are crucial for us to overcome a crisis. Hopefully, we’ll never go through them, but having that money on the side can make a huge difference. This must be a priority.

3. Not having a budget

I know a lot of people don’t like making budgets, but this is key to be able to live comfortably. There are different techniques that will adapt to your life. Here are a few examples: “How to budget your income”, “The ultimate beginners guide to the 50/30/20 system” and “the ultimate beginners guide to the cash envelope method”.

4. Impulse buying

This was a big problem for me. Whenever I’d get into a store, I’d always leave with bags. It really adds up at the end of the month, so always think twice before buying and make sure it’s something you truly need. You can always add a category to your budget and, that way you’ll get to have fun but it won’t have a bad impact at the end of the month.

I hope this was useful and thank you for reading it. I’ll see you in my next post.

What you should do to stop being broke

This could happen to anyone. Sometimes, things don’t go according to what we previously planned, but it doesn’t mean everything is lost. You can take this as an opportunity to learn and grow new habits.

Here are 6 tips that will help you get out of your reality.

1.Write down all your expenses

Know exactly where you’re spending your money on. Write down every single item that you buy during the month.

2. Divide them

Divide all the items into two categories.

Wants: all the things you are perfectly fine living without.

Needs: all the things you can’t live without.

Also, make sure to figure out how much you spend on each category.

3. Cancel your subscriptions

Cancel all the unnecessary subscriptions, for example, your Netflix subscription or your gym membership. This step will make you have more money on the side.

4. Sell items you no longer need

This is a fast way of making some extra money. I have a post that goes a bit more in debt about this tip.

5 simple ways to make extra money”.

5. Downsize your lifestyle

Try to move to a smaller house so you can pay a lower rent or, move back to your parent’s. Be aware this is only a temporary situation, so don’t be afraid to live with them for a while.

If you’re paying a car debt, you could try to sell it, pay off your debt and get a cheaper one or, instead, you could use public transportation. Again, this is temporary.

6. Get new habits

Start cooking your own meals instead of going out to eat. Clothe shop only when necessary. Quit outside coffee and snacks, bring your own coffee and snacks with you. Make, the start of an emergency fund, a priority.

These are all the tips I have for you. I’d like to highlight the importance of an emergency fund. It’s definitely something, that in case of losing a job or any other unpredictable event, will help you get back on your feet.

Once you move forward from this moment and are finally back on you’re feet, make sure not to stop doing some of the steps on this post. Continue to stay on track of your expenses and don’t live above your means. For example, save money to buy a car instead of getting a loan. This will completely change your reality.

Thank you so much for reading it, I really hope this post helped you and, I’ll see you in my next.

Beginners Guide to the “50/30/20” System

There are several budgeting techniques and it makes the process of choosing which one works best for us a bit overwhelming. So, my goal is to explain the several existing methods, in order to make your decision slightly easier.

I also have a Beginners guide to the “cash envelope” system, if you want to learn a bit more about it.

The 50/30/20 categories

50%- corresponds to every need you have throughout the month. These needs might be rent/mortgage, utilities, groceries, car payments, etc.

30%- corresponds to your wants. For example clothes, memberships, subscriptions, dining out, etc.

20%- corresponds to your savings.

How to budget according to this system?

1.Figure out the exact amount you can work with

I always start with this step in all my budgeting posts but trust me, this is crucial in for you to succeed at it. You need to know the amount that is left after deducting your taxes, social security, etc.

2.Calculate the amount for each category 

Income (step1) * 0,5= Needs

Income (step1) * 0,3= Wants

Income (step1) * 0,2= Savings

These will be the exact amounts you’ll be able to spend on each category.

Tip: try to stay under budget in the needs and wants categories, that way, you will be able to add more to your savings. Enabling you to create future investments, savings account, an emergency fund or even pay off any debt quicker.

Feel free to adjust the percentages if you think that will benefit you. Overall, it’s a really good method to start a budgeting journey and increase your savings.

Thank you for reading it, and I’ll see you in my next post.

5 things you should stop buying

We all are affected by consumerism, and everything is so reachable nowadays, that we often don’t realize how much money we are overspending on our day-to-day lives.

So, here’s a small list of tips you can incorporate in your routines, that will have a huge impact on your savings at the end of the month.

1.Stop buying coffee outside

You can make your own coffee and bring it with you instead. Those fancy coffee shops are usually extremely expensive, plus those drinks have too much sugar in it. Your health and your wallet will appreciate it.

2. Join your local library

If you’re as addicted to books as I am, you’ll find that at the end of the month you’re practically broke. To change this, I joined my local library. I pay a low monthly fee and I get to loan tons of books. You should definitely try it.

3. Get reusable water bottles

First, we all know that we need to drink a couple of liters of water per day. That equals 4 small plastic bottles. This isn’t just affecting the environment but is also making you overspend every day. If you get those reusable bottles, you’ll be saving both your money and the environment.

4. Quit or decrease dine outs

This is pretty self-explanatory. If you decrease going out for meals you’ll save more money, but obviously, don’t make this a strict rule, you can be flexible. The point is to save money but still enjoy life!  

5. Review your subscriptions

Go through your subscriptions and figure out what you actually consume. You should finish or adjust the ones that you are no longer using.

That is it, thank you for reading it. I’ll see you in my next post.

Top 5 tips to save money on your household

1. Buy reusable cleaning clothes
This will save you a lot of money. You’ll just have to put them in the washer once you’re done using them and it’s beneficial for the environment!

2. Figure out when it’s cheaper to do your laundry
Depending on the time of the day that you’re doing your laundry, you’ll be able to save energy and money. Just check your contract.

3. Buy your supplies only on sale
Get your supplies when they’re on sale, there are amazing deals and it will make you save so much money!

4. Have a little stack at home
This tip goes along with the previous one. When they’re on sale, instead of getting just one, get a couple and have a little stack of them. You’ll pay less for all of the products and you won’t have to worry about it every month.

5. Make some supplies yourself 
If you have the time, then you should definitely give this one a go! There are so many recipes online. They’re quite easy to make and I love making them, specially the all purpose sprays. This will save you a lot of money and it’s really good for your health and the environment.

Thank you for reading. I’ll see you in my next post.