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Frugal Living means different things to different people. For me, it is a means to an end. And for all of us, I think is mostly rooted in both how we were raised and our family’s socio-economic status. But it is also a reflection of your personality. It isn’t for...

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Personal Finance Seven Cures for a Lean Purse for Financial Success and Security

My favorite Personal Finance book is The Richest Man in Babylon. It is simple, timeless, and universal. If you feel like you need Personal Finance lessons, this is a great place to start. Every Personal Finance Guru out there uses variations on the themes in this book. There are a few different themes in this book, but the main theme is “The Seven Cures for a Lean Purse”.

Cure 1: Start thy Purse to Fattening

In the world of Personal Finance, this means to pay yourself first. Put away a minimum of 10% of your income before you spend any of it. This 10% will grow over time and allow you to take advantage of opportunities for investment. You can also use it as an emergency fund. This action has both a practical and psychological impact on your Personal Finance journey. Deciding to save 10% of your income forces you to start paying attention to your finances. There is also a sense of comfort knowing that you have money in the bank.

Cure 2: Control thy Expenditures

This cure makes you take an even closer look at your Personal Finance situation than the first cure. Now you aren’t just saving, you are actively evaluating what spending is necessary. The story cautions about mistaking luxuries for necessities. Most of us have things that might be a luxury and we can’t live without. Is that OK? It depends on your circumstances. I bet all of us have at least one thing that we are paying for that we don’t really need and can easily give up. Controlling your expenses means to live below your means and decide how you can increase your savings.


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