Saving A Little, Focusing A Lot Can Boost Family Wealth

There is a rough sea out there today for many American families. Today can be your day to set a course to avoid the rocks and get your family moving in a safer direction.

A lot of people still believe you can’t do a lot with a little. As a result, many millions of Americans are not saving money and paying down debt. Of course, many Americans are saving and many others are pushing their debt down.

Consider that in 1979 the average recommendation for an emergency savings fund was 3 to 6 months of expenses in actual savings. Is the job market even close to what it was in 1979? Of course it isn’t.

Think about this: If you lost your job, could you go out and replace it immediately with the same income? This is the $1 reason that we feel the 2010 – 11 recommendation for emergency savings fund should be 15 to 18 months of expenses in money market savings and certificates of deposit. And the best news is that you can do it.

If you have not seen our “1% Savings Plan,” you must check it out for free in our past blog entries here or at www.BoostMyWealth.wordpress.com or at www.MiddleClassMoney.com. It is an easy way to generate steady savings without killing your lifestyle.

How else can you start your path to boost savings and reduce debt?

First, sit down with your entire family. Tell them that you are going to ask them to all work with you to do what every smart company has been doing this decade and especially since the beginning of the financial crisis: You are going to reduce and eliminate debt and build a cash reserve. Why? Tell your family the reason for the meeting and the reason for doing it is teaching each other what is possible when the family comes together. You can also tell them it is for peace of mind and to establish goals and patterns for your family that will launch everyone at the table on a path to wealth in their lifetime.

Of course, money is not the most important thing, but it gives you important options if things get worse.

Lay out your spending over the last six (6) months. Offer for family members to put things in several categories:

Bills (that must be paid each month)

Spending to feed, shelter and put clothes on the family

Other spending (this can be for non-essential food, shelter, et all)

Be honest about what spending is essential and brainstorm about which expenses could have been avoided. Work together to try to identify areas where you could cut back spending in the future and keep tabs on how much money that is as you go through the process. Keep adding it up and keep that amount of money in one place as you write out the results of your spending over this six (6) month period. You will want to take this money and turn it into “family bill #1” in future months. In order to do this, it must be the first bill you pay each month. Say you have gone to the movies once a month and your family votes that you can stay at home and have “movie night.” Take the money you would have spent – say that is $40 (it is probably more) and make that a future monthly bill that you pay at the first of each month.

Score “family bill #1” to savings = $40 a month.

Perhaps you have this meeting once a week to talk about how to improve saving and reduce debt. Maybe one week you focus on how to save more money by reducing spending. The next week you look at debt reduction.

140618_money_gen_10Start with credit card debt. Take out your credit cards and look at them because credit card companies are often the BIGGEST SINGLE FINANCIAL ENEMY of your family. These are the bad guys. Separate your credit cards and find out exactly how much interest you are being charged by each.

Begin making minimum only payments on each card EXCEPT the one with the highest interest rate. That card should receive as much additional payment BEYOND the minimum as you can stand to make until it GOES AWAY.

When you pay off a card, roll the money (all of it) to pounding the next one).

Once you have paid off the first card, celebrate with the family and rotate to the second card (the one with the highest interest rate). Keep doing this until credit card debt is 0.

Credit card debt is the #1 reason middle class families cannot build wealth today. See them as the enemy they are to your family.

Also make sure you find out if there are yearly …

The Magic Of Found Money

Money doesn’t save itself. In fact, we have learned that money gets away from you quickly if you don’t put it to work. You need an example?

bitcoinsIf you have been reading our blog for awhile, you may know that we have a jar in our kitchen. I put it there because my wife kept finding pennies, nickels, quarters and more on the ground when she would go to the grocery store or on a trip. It got to be such a funny thing that she got the boys doing it, too. We don’t use this jar for “loose change.” We actually use it to drop our “found money” in once we come in from a trip to the store or a weekend getaway. She simply made us aware that people throw money away everyday.

People are always asking how much we’ve found “this year” (because we do it every year and we put it in our e-book called “How To Survive Any Financial Crisis” found at www.MiddleClassMoney.com).

It can’t be that much, right?

Last year we wound up with over $60 at the end of the year. The year before that we had found just over $28. At the end of each year, we add up our “change” and put it in a 12 month CD. We have one for each year……year after year and we roll them over. They earn money for us month after month.

So, this year, the money people dropped on the actual ground in 2008 and 2009 is earning money for us month after month. We put this “found money” to work for our family.

How much have do we have in our little kitchen jar this year so far? $46.69.

We highly recommend involving your kids in the importance of family budget, spending, saving, investing and overall money management. In fact, we recommend that you build your strategy with them to overcome our “debt and credit marketing culture” and build savings and wealth regularly. That’s because doing these things with your children does the following:

1. Shows them that saving money regularly is important to you and should be to them.

2. Shows them that investing money regularly is important to you and should be to them.

3. Allows you to brainstorm with everyone in your family on reducing and eliminating debt on a regular basis.

4. Allows you to brainstorm with everyone in your family on building and maintaining an emergency savings fund for today’s economy (by the way, we believe that you should have 15 to 18 months of expenses in your emergency savings fund).

If you don’t believe you can save the kind of money your family knows they need, you should read our past blog entries. It is time for us to find a way to take our culture back from the corporations that market to us all the time on how we should have a “healthy amount of debt.”

Are you ready?

YOU CAN CHOOSE

You can choose to take specific and steady actions to change your life, change the lives of your children and change the future of your family tree. Yes, you have the power yourself.
All the corporations, the private equity companies, crooked politicians and rich people can’t stop you if you really have a systematic plan that starts with regular savings and steady investment along with your regular bills.

If you are willing to take the time with your family to make a plan for reducing and then eliminating debt over time, you can gain more control over your finances and you can teach your children how to become wealthy over time.

If you are willing to make people work for the money you spend with them, you can build savings and then wealth.

These things are within your reach. You just have to start and you have to be encouraged.

You can join our free Facebook group (or have your children do it, too) by searching in the Facebook bar on your “wall” for “Live The Lifestyle Your Family Deserves.” Click on “become a fan.” It’s free and it ties our free blogs into that group.

If you want to give your children the same information we are giving ours, you can purchase the only thing we sell on any of our blogs or groups. It’s called “How To Survive Any Financial Crisis” and you can get it for only $4.95 at www.middleclassmoney.com.

Thank you for reading our blog and good luck!…

Easy To Spend, Easy To Save

What are the ways you can save money?

You can save using coupons or coupon codes FOR THE THINGS YOU NEED. If you use coupons or coupon codes for things you don’t need, you are PARTICIPATING IN MARKETING. So, make your “shopping list” first. Then – always – go look for coupons or especially coupon codes for the things you are going to purchase ANYWAY.

Finally, take the amount of money you SAVE by using the coupons or coupon codes and add it up. Now, take that amount and remove it from your checking account AS IF YOU SPENT IT on the items you purchased. Put that amount in an actual money market savings account. This is a strong way to build in more savings that you think quickly.

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If you use a debit card, check with your bank to see if they have a program that rounds up your purchase amounts and puts the “extra” in savings. If they do, enroll. Then, make sure you move the money to a money market savings account where it can earn at least some additional interest.

Be willing and committed to NEGOTIATING for everything as a way of life. Make it a game. Be open-minded. Don’t accept that you “have to purchase X at a specific retailer. This is an open and consumer-driven society. If they won’t negotiate at place Y, go to place X. They can sell you the same thing….often for a little less.

When you save through negotiation, make sure you move the amount you saved from your checking AS IF YOU SPENT IT to purchase the item. Put it in money market savings.

Review your cable bill and your cell phone “package.” Tell them you need to reduce your bill by 12 – 15% (companies do this all the time). Be patient. Tell them you really want to continue to be their customer. Be willing to talk to supervisors. Be nice. Be willing to call back again and again. Take the money you SAVE and put it in ACTUAL MONEY MARKET SAVINGS.

Want more examples? Go to www.boostmywealth.wordpress.com or www.MiddleClassMoney.com.

Remember: If you start to brainstorm with your family about ways to save extra money, YOU WILL FIND EXTRA MONEY TO SAVE. You can do this.

YOU CAN CHOOSE

You can choose to take specific and steady actions to change your life, change the lives of your children and change the future of your family tree. Yes, you have the power yourself.
All the corporations, the private equity companies, crooked politicians and rich people can’t stop you if you really have a systematic plan that starts with regular savings and steady investment along with your regular bills.

If you are willing to take the time with your family to make a plan for reducing and then eliminating debt over time, you can gain more control over your finances and you can teach your children how to become wealthy over time.

If you are willing to make people work for the money you spend with them, you can build savings and then wealth.

These things are within your reach. You just have to start and you have to be encouraged.

You can join our free Facebook group (or have your children do it, too) by searching in the Facebook bar on your “wall” for “Live The Lifestyle Your Family Deserves.” Click on “become a fan.” It’s free and it ties our free blogs into that group.

If you want to give your children the same information we are giving ours, you can purchase the only thing we sell on any of our blogs or groups. It’s called “How To Survive Any Financial Crisis” and you can get it for only $4.95 at www.middleclassmoney.com.

Thank you for reading our blog and good luck!…

Start Your Plan Now

People always have good intentions. Did you ever notice? We all want to be skinny. We all want to be rich. We all want to achieve.

Most people won’t start.

If you don’t have a steady and regular savings program, you could be in more trouble than you think. However, it is easier to save regularly than you might think and you don’t have to save a huge amount of money to get on the right path. When you save regularly (with each paycheck), savings builds faster than most people think.

I like the saying, “We overestimate what we can do in a year and underestimate what we can do in ten.” Why? Because it shows how easy it is for us to give up. Once you understand that long-term is the only way to focus for higher success, your short-term progress will build faster than you think.

Consumers are pulling back on long-term purchases and the savings rate in the U.S. has gone up quarter after quarter, but it is starting to drop again. Why? Maybe it is like one of those diets where you try to lose (or save) a ton of weight. Doing too much at once causes rebellion.

Here’s the bottom-line:

You don’t have to save so much. You just have to do a steady and regular job of saving money. Start with our “1% Savings Plan” if you want to begin slowly. If you are unfamiliar with this, check it out in previous blogs here or at www.BoostMyWealth.wordpress.com. Or you can check it out at www.MiddleClassMoney.com.

It’s almost 2011. 2011!

Time to BEGIN a regular savings plan for your family.

What if you lose your job? What if you have a health issue? How long would recovery take you in an economy with almost 10% unemployment?

You should work to build 15 to 18 months of expenses in emergency savings today. Don’t have that? Don’t worry. Set goals. Start with our “1% Savings Plan.” Brainstorm with family about ways to save money. Look at every expense and work to reduce it by 12 – 15%. When you get a reduction in a bill, apply the money you “saved” or reduced to a steady savings program.

It will add up faster than you think.

YOU CAN CHOOSE

You can choose to take specific and steady actions to change your life, change the lives of your children and change the future of your family tree. Yes, you have the power yourself.
All the corporations, the private equity companies, crooked politicians and rich people can’t stop you if you really have a systematic plan that starts with regular savings and steady investment along with your regular bills.

If you are willing to take the time with your family to make a plan for reducing and then eliminating debt over time, you can gain more control over your finances and you can teach your children how to become wealthy over time.

If you are willing to make people work for the money you spend with them, you can build savings and then wealth.

These things are within your reach. You just have to start and you have to be encouraged.

You can join our free Facebook group (or have your children do it, too) by searching in the Facebook bar on your “wall” for “Live The Lifestyle Your Family Deserves.” Click on “become a fan.” It’s free and it ties our free blogs into that group.

If you want to give your children the same information we are giving ours, you can purchase the only thing we sell on any of our blogs or groups. It’s called “How To Survive Any Financial Crisis” and you can get it for only $4.95 at www.middleclassmoney.com.

Thank you for reading our blog and good luck!…