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7 To Dos Preparing For Retirement

This is a reality that we all need to come to terms with whether you in your 20’s,30’s, 40’s or definitely in your 50’s.

Unfortunately no one is taught in school on what retirement is like and how to prepare for it. However it is a known fact that only 20% actually prepare for the Come to terms with that phrase….retirement WILL happen.

It’s a time for you to be doing what you truly love not what you have to do but unfortunately most people are unable to do this because the financial security is not in place.

I have shared in the link;  7 steps or things to do to prepare for the retirement and these are share in the video .
1. .Decide on the when???? Your when might not the recommended. 65 years.
2.What lifestyle do you desire then… cost of living. Where to live . Medical cost. Travel. Legacy minded.
3. Do you have the inflow or income to support the lifestyle? .  Passive income. If not what are you going to do about it.
4. Make sure your Financial folder is regularly updated to keep track.
5.  Prepare your Will or trusts….defo be will and trusts.
6. Keep a password file . Digitally or Physically.
7.. Draw a plan if what you currently have is not adequate and stick to it.
What age is the best age to start planning? The day you start working or old enough to work. Why

Make Your Money Work For You ….STOP Working for Your Credit Card Company.

YOU CAN USE YOUR CREDIT CARD TO YOUR ADVANTAGE……..DISCOVER HOW!

I met a friend recently and he confidently told me that You know there are smart ways of funding your holiday that is free but unknown to many.

Of course being a financial coach it got my ears tickled as I am always excited when I come across information like this because it is not only that I want to take advantage of such products ( especially if it puts money in my bank account ) but also because another good info to share with my coaching clients.

Which is what I am doing now through this blog. As I normally spend my budget amount anyway though I have been using my debut card and I have mastered the act of always spending below my means ( income).

If you are yet to learn how to live below your income..I do not recommend you use this financial product -credit card until you have done so. The aim of this is to make your money work for you hence I call this winning with money Tip.

If you are disciplined, can delay gratification and have mastered the art of controlling money( not money controlling you) then this financial product is for you.

Benefits OF AMEX Credit Card

  1. No fee on the credit card account
  2. You earn loyalty point on every pound spent
  3. You earn additional 6000 points if you use in the 1st three months.
  4. You pay no interest IF you pay your balance every month when due( which is my recommended way of making credit card work for you)
  5. When you spend up to an amount in a year ( £20000) you get a companion voucher to travel ( which can be used for your spouse or anybody you want to travel with).

For me it’s a WIN WIN Card if you use credit card anyway . As soon as I OPENED this account I just closed my other credit card that is not giving me any additional benefit other than credit. Why did I have to close the existing credit card you may be asking- It’s because I do not want to have more credit accounts than I do need . If you have more cards than is needed and are not using the credit it might , this can lead to a drop in your credit rating . For a good credit rating you are advised to always use up to 30% of your available credit. i.e if you have £2000 , try to always use up to £600 every month.
HOW I USE IT

I conveniently put all my regular bills on my credit card ( which is regular anyway). e.g phone bills, water bills, groceries etc

All the school fees are now on the card just to make sure I have more points even if it is not go to 20k all the points still counts towards discount for my travel.

You get 6000 British Airways avios points if you use the below link to apply for the credit card;

AMEX Credit Card

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PRESSURE OF THE SELFIE GENERATION

1. Are your selfies landing you in debt?

The rise of the “selfie culture” and a fixation on the lifestyles of celebrities may be landing young people in debt.
Research found that young people felt pressured not to be tagged in a photo on social media wearing the same outfit twice. Not wanting to make a fashion faux-pas, one in 10 borrow money they can’t afford to buy new clothes.Internet survey found that 41% of all 18- to 25-year-olds feel the pressure to wear a different outfit every time they go out, rising to 47% for young women.
One in six young people say they don’t feel they can wear an outfit again once it’s been seen on social media, and 79% admitted being influenced by at least one social media platform.
Instagram topped the list at 55%, followed by Facebook (40%), YouTube (37%), Snapchat (25%) and Twitter (14%).

Additionally, unboxing videos, in which YouTubers film themselves opening shopping hauls, are hugely popular, with 30% of young people reporting they watch them regularly, possibly influencing young adults to go out and get a “haul” of their own – with money they don’t have.

The selfie culture has a darker side, though, with 1 in 10 borrowing money they can’t afford to repay to fund clothes shopping. Also many borrowing to purchase new clothes were eating cheap food, skipping meals and even selling sentimental belongings to fund their shopping habit.

More concerning, another study from Royal Mint shows that this is affecting savings levels, too – the #YOLO generation (You Only Live Once) are saving just £300 a year (£5.70 a week) so they can have fun with the rest of their income. This compares to £1,500 per year, which was the average saved 40 years ago, according to historical data published by Lloyds Banking Group.
b. Does stuff = success?
The problem is a cultural one that stems from our tendency in the West to value “acquisition” more highly,

“In effect, we have psychologically fused together success with acquiring ‘stuff’,” he says. We think, “the bigger my house, car, wardrobe, or holiday, the more I demonstrate to myself and others that I am successful.”

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