SEVEN REASONS WHY YOU'RE STILL BROKE
Source : http://www.cleo.com.au
Can’t figure out why your wallet is always empty? Suss out the cash traps you’ve fallen into and, more importantly, learn how to escape them.
1. You don’t direct deposit your earnings
Even if you have good intentions, having all your salary deposited into one bank account is like slapping a ‘Spend Me!’ sticker on it. “Ask your employer to pay 5-10 per cent of your salary into another bank account to remove temptation,” advises Nicole Cannon, financial expert and director of Pink Finance (pinkfinance.com.au). You won’t notice it’s gone, and you’ll soon have a plump pile of savings.
2. You like to blame your friends for making you broke
Trying to keep up with your friends’
champagne lifestyle when
you’re on a goon-bag budget will only cripple your finances. Compromise by
suggesting budget-friendly outings instead of exxy ones. “Choose to catch up
with friends over lunch or coffee at your local cafe, or have a night in
together,” Cannon says.
3. You can’t seem to stop at buying just one thing
It’s easy to think “What’s one more purchase?” when you’re riding high on the wave of buying up big, but small amounts can easily add up, leaving you with zero coin until pay day. “To prevent a spending binge, have a set amount in your account the next time you go shopping and transfer the rest into an online account so you can’t access it if you get carried away,” suggests Cannon.
4. You’re not smart at paying bills
It can be difficult juggling debt, bills and repayments while trying to stay afloat financially. Janine Cox, financial expert for Wealth Within (wealthwithin.com.au), suggests setting up a billing system so you don’t get overwhelmed. “Keep your bills together and order them according to due date. Review them every week and see if you can extend the date without penalty,” Cox says.
5. You spend on 'average' rather than 'awesome'
You're a sucker for cheap, seasonal buys, but they're not nearly as rewarding as saving up for a special statement piece or relaxing holiday. "Think of quality clothing and holidays as investments," explains Cannon. "Holidays give you memories to last a lifetime and good clothes sell you."
6. You’re easily sucked in
With department stores and online outlets offering special deals 24/7, it can be hard to sort the bargains from the blowouts-in-disguise. You can avoid getting sucked in by researching whether you are actually saving in the long run. “Some women tend to seek out bargains, knowing they don’t really need what they’re buying. Ask yourself – do I want this or do I need it? Think about what else you could be doing with the money, and what you might have to miss out on if you buy it,” Cox explains.
7. You’re selling yourself short
If you believe your salary doesn’t reflect your abilities, arrange a time to speak to your boss about a pay rise. “Research and prepare reasons to justify the cost to your employer. Call some associations related to your field to know whether the rise you’re asking for is realistic,” advises Cox. If you don’t ask, you won’t get!