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Are You Living Beyond Your Means?


on 5/26/2021

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If you find it challenging to make ends meet, financially speaking, it could be a sign that you are living beyond your means. It’s easy to get over-extended - especially with so many people living out loud with all their new purchases on social media. And online shopping only perpetuates these struggles due to its overwhelming ease and convenience. 

We understand these challenges, and we want to help you find greater financial success for yourself today and in the future. Here’s what you need to know.

Signs You’re Living Beyond Your Means

The first thing you might want to determine is whether you’re actually living beyond your means. There are a few signs to look for that indicate this might be exactly what is happening. 

Here are a few questions to ask yourself.

·       Are you living from one paycheck to the next?

·       Are you relying on credit cards to see yourself through to the next check?

·       Do you have to borrow money from friends or family to make it to your next payday?

·       Have you used up all of your emergency savings?

If these questions sound a lot like your reality, then it is possible that you’re living a little beyond your means. Fortunately, there are solutions you can follow to help you get back on “financial” track.

Solutions to Get Your Finances Under Control

When you’re in the midst of a financial rift, it can feel like there’s no way out. The fact is that there are many solutions you can follow, and you may need to consider more than one of the following solutions to help you get your finances back on track.

 

1. Make a list of all your expenses and eliminate those that aren’t absolutely necessary. It may be painful at first, but this is the fastest route back to financial security. You can add some back into the budget once you’re on a more stable financial footing.

 

2. Designate a specific amount of money each month to go into a savings account. This allows you to have money you can fall back on in the future when emergencies arise. Even if you’re limited now, adding $5 to $10 a week can help build the habit of saving and your balance.

 

3. Learn your triggers to spend and eliminate them. This may include things like removing apps from your phone, canceling subscriptions, opting out of email lists, and limiting your shopping to local stores.

 

If your financial challenges stem from credit card debt, a debt consolidation loan may be the perfect solution. With a debt consolidation loan, your outstanding debt (short-term loans and credit cards) will be combined into a single, lower-rate loan. As a result, your debt becomes easier to manage, and you’ll typically pay off the debt quicker and incur less interest. Remember that for this to be successful, you must commit to your efforts to avoid new debt.

We’re Here to Help!

We understand it’s almost too easy to spend money nowadays. Our goal is to help you enjoy greater financial success today and in the future. This includes providing education and tools to help you stay within your means. Our experts at GreenPath Financial Wellness are also ready to help you build healthy financial habits

Call or visit one of our branch locations to learn what we can do to help you live fully and within your means.


 

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