Archive: Saving

Step Four to Abundance: Make Saving Fun

(credit: Ken Teegardin via Flickr)

(credit: Ken Teegardin via Flickr)

Take another five or ten dollars out of your wallet and add it to the money already in your safe place.

Where are you going to get this money? I’ve got a few ideas for you.

One of the most important things you can do on the road to abundance is learn to make saving fun. Make it a game–maybe the most important game you can play if you want to live an abundance life.

Here are a few thoughts on places—some of them fun to implement and all of them a potentially rewarding endeavor—where you can get that five or ten dollars to sock away:

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Step Three to Abundance: Sort Your Expenditures

Sorting Coins Photo

Photo Credit: Gord Webster via Flickr)

In the last blog entry we discussed a method determine where you’re spending your money, how to calculate the percentage of your total amount revenue you’re spending on any one item, and then sort those items by percentage.

OK, let’s work with this list today.

But first, take another five or ten dollars out of your wallet and add it to the money you took out before. Put it in your safe place.

First question  –  it’s an easy one – maybe.

Where are you spending your money?

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Take Your First Step Toward Abundance

Futuristic Staircase

(credit: O Palsson via Flickr)

I challenge you to take one step toward abundance today — but before you do that take some money out of your wallet — five or ten dollars — and put it away somewhere. Pledge not to touch this money. We’ll talk more about this money later.

The first step toward abundance is to know where we are.

So let’s find out. Here are a few quick steps toward making that happen. And, yes, spoiler alert: We’re creating a budget.

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Want to Save More Money? Get A Second Job!

(credit: Adam Lederer via Flickr)

(credit: Adam Lederer via Flickr)

I can hear what you’re probably screaming.

I can’t get a second job  –  I’m already way over committed with the job I have, with my family, and with my life.

How could you possibly suggest I get another job? 

Liz, you must be so out of touch with reality that you throw anything out there.

Even with all the noise I’m hearing (granted, it’s in my head, but I think I’m probably not far off) I still think it’s a good idea to get a second job. Let me explain.

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Saving Money is Hard… But Setting Goals Helps

(credit: Paxson Woelber via Flickr)

(credit: Paxson Woelber via Flickr)

In my last entry I offered ways to save money. In this entry I want to acknowledge how hard saving money is. SAVING MONEY IS NOT EASY, but if you want abundance in your life, you have to do it.

But “no ifs, ands, or buts,” saving money is hard work. Of course, lots of things worth having in life are hard work.

If you want a great physical body, you have to work hard at exercising. If you want a high-paying job, you have to work hard at school. If you want to progress in your career, you have to work hard at your job. Hard work takes motivation and discipline and conscious focus.

The good news is that once motivation, discipline, and conscious focus is learned in one area of life, the skills easily transport to other areas.

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