As simple as it sounds, financial planning is really just a matter of using your common sense. For instance, why would you pay $20.00 when you could pay $10.00 for the same item or the same results?
I imagine that you work very hard to earn your money – so you need to make sure that your money is working hard for you in return. Money, when all is said and done, is a means to an end. You work to make money; you take that money and use it to make sure that you have a place to live, a car to drive, food to eat, and clothes to wear.
And with luck, you exchange that money for enjoying some of the finer things in life. Many people believe that money is made simply to spend. Your common sense should tell you, though that it’s wise not to spend all your money today.
If you are young, it is hard to imagine that you will reach a point in life when you can no longer work for your income. It may be a long way off, but that time will come, and you must be prepared for it. You cannot expect to start saving for retirement the year before you will need to retire!
The sooner you start saving and investing for your retirement, the better your retirement years will be. That should be a major goal for everyone! When you retire, you will start spending the money that you’ve worked all of your life to earn and save. With luck and planning, there will even be some or plenty left over to give your grandchildren or great-grandchildren a good financial start.
Just because you make a lot of money, you don’t have to spend a lot of money. We would all like to live the lifestyle of the rich and famous, but not all of us have the means. Do you know what it really means to live like a millionaire? It means not living beyond what you can afford. It means saving for the future.
So if you don’t have to spend your money, don’t. Instead, put that money to work for you, and have it make more money for you and your future.