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How to Control Your Finances in 3 Simple Steps

take a bite out of your expenses for BIGG Success

How can you take control of your personal finances?

Look for the low-hanging fruit!

Step 1: Take a bite

Pick one of your biggest, optional expenses and take a bite out it. Let’s take eating out as an example.

You don’t need to eliminate it altogether. Just reduce the amount you spend a little bit…say ten percent.

Let’s say you eat out ten times a month. You go to really nice restaurants. You order either an appetizer or a dessert each time.

You may:

  • Opt for staying in one of the ten times
  • Order a less expensive entrée two or three of the ten times
  • Go to a lower-priced restaurant two or three of the ten times
  • Don’t order an appetizer or a dessert five of the ten times

It doesn’t matter what you do. Just do something to start harvesting some extra money immediately.

Step 2: Don’t let it spoil

So now you have picked some low-hanging fruit. What do you do with it?

This is really important because, if you let it sit around too long, it will spoil. It will be used for something that doesn’t advance you toward BIGG success.

So use the money you save in Step 1 to:

  • shore up your emergency fund
  • pay down debt
  • PREFUND purchases

Start with the emergency fund so you’ll have the cash you need when reality bites. You won’t have to rely on a credit card or some special financing deal. How good will that feel?

Once you have six months in your emergency fund, you’re ready to start paying down your debt. Can you imagine not having any debt? Month by month, you’ll see it coming true.

When your debt is gone, use the extra money (and the money you’re saving from payments on debt that doesn’t exist anymore) to PREFUND future purchases. So instead of financing them, you’ll have the cash to pay for them on the spot!

Step 3: Take another bite!

Once you’ve fully digested the first bite we discussed in Step 1, repeat the process again. You may take another bite out of the same expense or pick another one.

Don’t fret about your money woes. Take action with these three simple steps! You’ll soon feel a sense of control over your personal finances. It leads to BIGG success!

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Getting Aggressively Passive: Creating A Passive Income That Sets You Free

Last time, we offered some tips for networking your way through your upcoming holiday parties. Today, we want to talk about one of the most important gifts you can give yourself – a passive income.

Not along ago, we asked you to visualize your dream life – a life where time and money were not an issue. You may think that’s just for fun. It’s not! We’re serious. You can spend your time the way you want. You can be free!

You’re free when your passive income equals the costs of your desired lifestyle.

For the sake of clarity, we define passive income as your money making you money. If you have enough passive income, you can spend your time however you want. You don’t have to work at all, if you don’t want. Or, you can work on your passion.

So, let’s look at the four steps you can take to get aggressively passive and create a passive income that sets you free. The key is to constantly keep your goals in mind so you make the best choices each and every day. For example, if you want to be free sooner, rather than later, you may choose to spend your money differently. Now you have a reason to do so – that dream life you visualize.

Step 1: Purchase with purpose
What if buying that awesome plasma television that you just saw advertised on sale in today’s paper means you have to postpone your new life by a year? That status car may not mean as much as getting to spend your time how you want.

Step 2: Look at the cumulative effect of your decisions
Review your daily routine. $5 here, $5 there soon adds up to a lot of money. Do you eat out every day? Buy a cup of coffee? In his excellent book The Automatic Millionaire, David Bach calls this your “Latte Factor”.  Find one thing that you’re willing to give up now to get to the future you want sooner.

 Step 3: Pay off debt
The reason for the first two steps is to get the money to pay off your debt. Pick one account – ideally it’s your debt on which you’re paying the highest interest rate. Take the money you’re no longer spending from Steps 1 and 2 and use it to pay off your debt.

Don’t stop now … take the money you were using to pay off your first debt, plus the extra money you have from Steps 1 and 2, and use it to pay off your next debt. Repeat until all your debt is paid off.

Step 4: Jump start your passive income
Historically, the two best ways to do this are through owning your own business and investing in income-producing real estate. We’ll look at each of this, respectively, in our next two blogs.

Our quote today is by Groucho Marx.

“It frees you from doing things you dislike.
Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.”

Next time, we’ll look at how to build a passive income through your own business. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!