The irony about money is that it is hard to earn but easy to spend. With the challenge to sustain living in a world of unceasing demands, building a nest egg or simply surviving each day can be overwhelming. Despite this truth however, you can still take control of your finances. If you want to stop being a shopaholic, there are ways to do that. With these money rules to live by, you can be more financially stable.
Spend Within Your Capacity
Spending more than what you earn sounds pretty easy, but many people still have the habit of making purchases that cost beyond their means. If you don’t need it, don’t buy it. Not simply because the newest gadget is out in the market or an item is on sale, you immediately go to the store and swipe that credit card. Having a credit card takes responsibility and so is getting a steady income. Why live from paycheck to paycheck or drown in debt when you can let go of those unnecessary expenses? By being a wise shopper, you get to save money to pay for your monthly dues and eventually eliminate your loans.
Avoid High Interest Rates
When it comes to loans, you have to remember that the higher the interest rate, the more you spend money. If you are considering getting a loan, choose one that you can pay for a shorter term even if you have to pay a little more monthly. In this way, you can combat high interest rates and settle your debt in a short period of time. Moreover, take care of your credit history. This will affect your future loans. If you can’t keep from taking out a loan, at least you wouldn’t have to deal with paying more for interest. Lending institutions give higher interest rates to debtors who have a bad credit history.
Keeping Up with the Joneses
By now, you must have heard this a hundred times but yes, some people find it hard to be content with what they have. Not because your office mate bought the latest gadget or a flashy car, you would also find a way to buy one. Perhaps that co-worker had been saving for it for quite some time or has inherited from a relative. You need not have what they have, let alone, impress them. For all you know, that person has to make a lot of sacrifices like juggling several jobs to pay off the financing of the car. Why subject yourself to that when you can be cool with what you have.