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Bursting Millennial Money Myths

Most of us have made a few foolish money mistakes here and there. It’s the car we can’t afford, the personal loan we never should’ve made, or the mortgage that nearly sent us to bankruptcy.

So why do we keep making these same money mistakes?

Most likely, we mismanage money because of a faulty belief system. We’ve bought into some of culture’s most popular money myths. And a lot of times we’ve learned them from a well-meaning yet misinformed parent, teacher or friend.

While it would be easy to sit back and blame others for falling for these money myths, the most important thing to do is realize they are myths.

  1. Myth: Credit Card: Credit Card is to be used until I get fund to settle IT

    Truth: You are living on borrowed funds . This is mortgaging your earning in advance for personal expenses that will not give any returns.  Spend the money you have ONLY not money you are yet to earn.

2.     Myth: Debt is a tool.

Truth: Some tools help you fix things. Other tools help you break things. So in that sense, debt is a tool—it’s a sledgehammer to your financial future. Another way of putting it: Debt is the enemy of your income. The monthly payments you send to credit card companies are monthly savings you could be putting toward your retirement, your kids’ college, and your down payment on a new house! Your income is your most important wealth-building tool. Don’t surrender it to debt.

3.     Myth: Car payments are a way of life.

Truth: If you believe debt is a tool, you’re just as likely to believe car payments are a way of life. The average car payment these days is $504 per month.(1) That’s over $6,000 a year you’re putting into something that decreases in value. Instead, save that money every month for a year and buy a nice, used car for $6,000. The best car is the one without a payment.

4.     Myth: Not cooking is a way to live and Enjoy Life .

Truth: It’s a sure way to not reduce cost so no extra for future and making short term plan. An expensive lifestyle choice for someone not yet wealthy.

5.     Myth: You can’t go to college without student loans.

Truth: You absolutely can. Will it be easy? Maybe not. Will it be worth it? Totally. Whether it’s through college-specific scholarships and grants or federal and state aid (that’s aid, not a loan), going to college without debt is completely possible. And what about paying for college out of your own pocket? Rachel Cruze talks about college planning all the time. There are alternatives to loans when it comes to funding college tuition.

Many colleges offer work-study opportunities, which are essentially part-time jobs offered on campus. And no one’s stopping you from getting a part-time job off campus. Working as a barista, waiting tables, or even finding a retail job can bring in some cash to offset your school expenses. Consider even creating your own side business using your skills—tutor other students, pick up some freelance gigs, or start a pet sitting service. There are plenty of options to generate income while you’re still in school.

6.     Myth: Eventually, you’ll make enough money to catch-up on your retirement.

Truth: Prepare for retirement now. But make sure you’re out of debt and have an emergency fund of three to six months of expenses before you start. After that, you’re ready to start building for your future. Don’t put off preparing for retirement if you’re able to start today! According to the AICPA, 49% of non-retired Americans say they aren’t confident they’ll reach their retirement goals. (2) The more you save now, the less you’ll worry later. Chris Hogan explains how to retire with dignity in his national best seller Retire Inspired: It’s Not an Age; It’s a Financial Number.

7.     Myth: You already keep track of your money, so you don’t need to budget.

Truth: If you go online and know about how much you have in your bank account, that’s good. But that’s not a budget. When you just track your spending, you’re looking back at how you already spent your money. A budget looks forward. You plan how you’re going to spend your money. When you do this, you can prioritize paying off your debt, saving for your emergency fund, and planning for the future. Without a plan, you’re wandering aimlessly through your pay check.

You don’t have to keep falling for these money myths! Reshape your belief system today and positively change your future. That is when you can guarantee you are on the journey to Financial Freedom.

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5 Money Questions To ASK Each Day

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In my quest for improvement in my career and business; I have discovered the power of questioning. The Questions you are asking yourself determines how far you want to travel on the journey of life.  This applies to all areas of your life; Career, Business, Relationship, Health, Spiritual etc. When you ask empowering questions in any particular area of your life it unlocks your potentials, creativity, innovation etc.

Hence in the Winning with money series; I would like to share with you 5 empowering personal finance questions you do should to ask yourself if you desire to achieve financial independence, confidence and freedom.


Answering these questions may lead to new discoveries and enable you to make or review your money or personal finance decisions with the aim of achieving any financial set goals you have made. Answering these questions could open your eyes to know what you need to do to improve your financial life to achieve confidence, independence and freedom.

Do you have a loan or credit card debt ?       

For you to have a healthy financial life, your net worth should be in the POSITIVE i.e.  What you owe is less than what you own must be positive. If you find this skewed in the opposite direction; then it might be because of loans and credit card debt. (If you have watched my video 3 Never to Do with Money).The use of debt to fund your lifestyle should not be encouraged so STOP.  If the answer to this question is yes; the first step to do is to decide to eliminate the loans/credit to at least achieve a break even position in your net worth.

Do you have a personal budget?         

Does the word “BUDGET” send shivers to your body? If it does; you are not the only one. There is a myth on budget that it is technical term that requires some technical knowledge own to be able to have one. It is not truth. Budget is simply giving your money (every penny) an assignment. It is a managing or control tool. You simply prepare a plan for the week/month/quarter/year as you are most comfortable with, of how you spend your money. Assign every penny you earn.

How much do you know about investment?     

Are you investing? If you are not investing then, how are you multiplying your money? Answering this question will make you to realise that you need to start or continue investing to attain financial success. You can determine and afford the lifestyle you desire just by earning the income to support it.

Have thought of saving for Retirement?

That is one question that you need to take care of as early as possible in your working life. Planning for retirement is usually left to the end of many people’s work life. At this time it is challenging and the effort required would be doubled that which would have been put in if it was earlier on in your working life. Waiting till later puts so much pressure on you that may ultimately impact on your health or enthusiasm to life.

Do you have an emergency fund?

Everybody should have an emergency fund. This is an ingredient in the recipe for financial success. This is a fund set aside for the rainy day, when the unplanned or unforeseen happens and this requires spending eg when that car develops a major fault that you did not have a warning or someone in the family falls sick or dies and a funeral spending has to take place. The emergency happens to all. It is not IF but WHEN it’s going to happen. So when it happens, what do you? Who do you go to for the needed fund? Bank (for loan), Credit Card Company or family and friends that are planning their finances (hence have extra to lend you). The ancient book says the “The Borrower is the slave to the Lender”

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3 Money Moves to Make in Your 20s

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This is the best season of your life when you the freedom to do as you like with your money. Freedom to spend,save,invest, protect and control.

  1. Get Emergency Fund saved in an account,

  2. START Investing now  and 

  3. Have a Retirement plan and stick to it

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Discover How the Wealthy Spend Smartly and Remain Rich

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Becoming and remaining wealthy is not just about earning so much but its actually about managing and controlling your money. The major part of managing your money is controlling your spend.

You can spend smartly living the life you desire without going broke if you know how to do it.  Most employees work 5 days and spend for 7 days every week..

Do you know the Cost of Spending?
What is it cost per hour? Weekly/7
YOU WORK/EARN 5 DAYS AND SPEND 7 DAYS .

Your earning per hour is  your  weekly earning  divided by 7 days  divided by the number of hours worked in a week. For full explanation of this watch the video in the link below.

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3 MONEY PITFALLS TO AVOID

I am very excited to share these major mistakes people make with money. 3 MISTAKES TO AVOID IF YOU WANT TO WIN WITH MONEY These are pitfalls you must avoid in order to enjoy financial peace or freedom in life.

  1. Don’t Spend More Than You Earn  

    One of the major money mistakes we all make is this one and it is so easy with the era at which debt is sold to all in credit cards, high street shop cards, loans, etc If you are not conscious of this you will find yourself spending more. It’s a major  error to take you into poverty and indebtedness.        WATCH VIDEO OF THE ARTICLE

  2. Don’t Fund Your Life Style With Debt

    Have heard of the saying that the borrower is  a slave to the lender. This is so true. When you are in debt , you have lost control of your money decision because the lender dictates . Regardless of your needs or wants ; the debt is what you have as top priority to settle.  STOP keeping up with the Joneses STOP trying to appear rich when you are not rich. Get a grip of your financial life, You can not have financial peace in life if you fund your life with debt. When you are in this habit, you are unlikely to think of your financially future and if care is not taken you end up being broke if not bankrupt some day.

  3. Don’t Go Shopping When Hungry

 Going shopping when hungry is a recipe for money mistakes. When you are hungry and shopping; you may find yourself buying more and items you do not need . Also when you are in this state you may never buy what you really want to buy because you want to rush off and end up making wrong choices and spending your hard-earned money just because you are hungry. Never go shopping when hungry.

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