Happy New Year! We hope that you have had a fantastic time over the Christmas/New Year period and enjoyed a least a few days off.
It’s (late) January, a time for reflection about last year and looking ahead at self-improvement for this year. Once you have worked through the diet and exercise goals (they always seem to be fairly near the top of my list), there’s the money planning for the year.
Here are the Three Critical Rules of Money Management that you need to incorporate into your planning.
At some time or other we have all been anchored. This tends to happen more often when we are purchasing a product or service that we don’t know too much about. Here’s how it works.
I was happily driving my car when it developed a bit of a shudder through the steering wheel. I didn’t think it was a major so I took it to my local Tyre shop, thinking my wheels just needed balancing. (That is about the extent of my technical knowledge of tyres). I left my car in the serviceman’s capable hands and headed off to my appointment.
Within 10 minutes my phone rang – never a good sign. It was the tyre shop, the problem was somewhat more serious than balancing. I needed a new tyre as this one was falling apart (apparently I was lucky I made it to the tyre shop without having a serious accident). Not only did I need one new tyre, the others were looking quite worn so I really needed to replace all four. Not what I wanted to hear, but safety comes first so I took a deep breath and asked for some prices.
Our beliefs, or our view of the world starts with our early childhood memories. We learn from our parents, our environment and form our own beliefs from those observations. So what are your earliest memory’s of money? How do you think that has impacted on how you relate to money now in your adult life?
My earliest memories of money revolve around the word ‘No’. No I couldn’t have the umbrella with the pink frill; the must have winter fashion accessory for a 4 year old. No, I couldn’t have a Barbie doll, they were too expensive, so I got the imitation one instead.
My parents were (and still are) very careful with their money, they were quite frugal in day to day expenditure but that meant that there was money set aside for our holidays and should any emergency crop up.
Their goal was to be mortgage free, as they hated any sort of debt and over the years they achieved that goal.
Our beliefs, not just about money, but on how we use language, our view of the world all starts with our early childhood memories and the beliefs we formed from those observations. So what is your earliest memory of money, and how do you think that has impacted on how you relate to money now in your adult life?
My earliest memories of money revolve around the word ‘No’. No I couldn’t have the pink umbrella with the pink frill the must have winter fashion accessory for a 4 year old. No, I couldn’t have a Barbie doll, they were too expensive, and so I got the imitation one instead.
My parents goal was to own their own home mortgage free, and to their credit they achieved that. But it did mean we moved house a lot and each time we traded down, so the mortgage kept getting smaller. By the time I was at university they were debt free and have been ever since. Continue reading →