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I wasn't all that good with managing money when I became an adult. I went from living at home and depending on my parents to being married and depending on my husband to be in charge of the bills and finances. Once my husband and I were separated I was on my own. I had bills in my name for the first time and I was in charge of my life for a change. It was all new to me and dealing with the separation at the time had me spending more than I was making and saving. This brings me to one of the first things I feel I need to say about setting yourself up for financial success- spend less than you make. It sounds kind of obvious, but many people don't do it.
That brings me to the second thing on my list of financial success... make and stick to a budget. I didn't have a written (or computerized) budget. I was living by the biweekly paychecks and hoping I was doing it right and then I got a credit card and I thought ok now I have extra money to spend. I was indeed spending more than I was bringing in. After going in debt with a credit card I knew I needed to get on a better track so I wasn't in debt and living paycheck to paycheck.
Being in debt and living check to check along with the other issues I was dealing with all at one time brought on a deep depression. I took me a while to recognize my negativity and to bounce back from my failures and to counteract that negativity with positive actions like getting out of debt and paying off a pretty much maxed out credit card.
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Setting yourself up for financial success is not just about money though. It is also about achieving bigger and better things in every area of your life. Don't expose yourself to unnecessary problems. The main keys are taking positive actions and being consistent.
Do you have financial goals set for yourself/ your family for 2015 to be a successful year? What goals do you have? What plan do you have to achieve those goals?
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