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3 Uncommon Rules of Money

by Mawi on June 13, 2012

If you pay attention to personal finance gurus, you’re familiar with some of the common tips: let your money work for you instead of just working for money; compound interest is among the universes’ most powerful forces;  live below your means. Here are 3 I would add:

1) Everything is cheap until you multiply it by 12. Netflix is cheap at 7.99/month, but when you multiply by twelve, it becomes $96 a year.  Going out for pizza is cheap at $40 for your family, but if you do it once a month, it becomes $480/year. If you make $48,000 a year, that means you spent 1% of your income going out for pizza!  A quick way for anyone to improve their finances is to make a quick scan of their latest credit card statement and cancel at least one recurring expense.

2) If something costs more than $100,000, not everyone should buy it.  Our country got in big trouble when we told everyone that they needed to buy a house, even if it cost $100,000+. Now we are telling our youth that they should buy something else that often costs more than $100,000: college.  I don’t care what it is, if something costs $100,000 not everyone should buy it.

3) Put your savings in Siberia. Siberia is a metaphor for a place that is hard to reach.  When you keep your savings in an account linked to your checking account, you are just a click or ATM visit away from raiding your savings, often on a short-term impulse purchase. Make it hard and annoying to reach your savings. An example of Siberia would be a Fidelity account that is unlinked to your checking account, so you have to wait days to get your money. Two positive shifts will occur in your head: you will force yourself to live within your budget because a trip to Siberia is too painful and annoying; you will increasingly appreciate the value of Siberia as your savings skyrocket.

What do you think? What are some of your favorite personal finance tips?

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1 Dale Spencer June 13, 2012 at 10:20 am

Sound advice, Mawi…So sorry it has taken SO long to join….I hope you are well!

2 Diana June 13, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Nice tips!

3 Medodiaa January 6, 2015 at 9:07 am

June 5, 2012 at 4:16 pmThis so makes me think of The Happiness Project! She has resolutions each month and a chart she uses to keep track of pgrroess. A gorgeous chalkboard like this would at least make the reminders lovelier. For June I’d like to shoot more & sit at my office less. Dream more and complain less. Smile more and worry less. Reply

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