5 Embarrassing Mindsets That Kept Me Poor
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5 Embarrassing Mindsets That Keeps You Poor

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Admittedly, this is not my first attempt at improving my finances. I’ve tried many times before and I’ve also miserably failed many times. 

I would blame my youth for all those failures because, I thought, when you are young you are kind of prone to mismanaging your money. I remember 10 years ago, my weekly goal was just to buy me clothes and it wouldn’t matter to me if I went home with an empty wallet.

But now, I realized I failed not just because was young and crazy. Because, obviously, there are lots of people in their 20’s who have healthy finances. I just didn’t have a strong money mindset then and I didn’t quite realize that  how you perceive money will have a lot of impact to your financial standing.

It is why a lot of financial experts say that personal finance is more on perspective than numbers, so if you have a healthy mental conditioning on your finances, you are in a better position to move forward financially. But if you constantly find yourself in financial struggles despite your best efforts, your perspectives may be holding you back. This was very true for me.

So, today, let me share with you five of my most embarrassing mindsets that kept me poor.

1. I only live once.

This was my very convenient excuse to justify my spending. So every time I got my small paycheck, I would be crazily sweeping through the clothing stores to buy what my money could afford.

There’s nothing wrong if you want to do the things you want to do today, but don’t do it at the expense of your future. You can still enjoy life by striking a balance somewhere between a meaningful present and secured future.

2.I need money to keep up with the Joneses.

I wasn’t that extreme, though, but I admit, I had this kind of mindset. If my friends had new stuff, I felt like I need it, too!

Keeping up with the Joneses is a good way to deplete your savings and get into debt. In fact, it is a sign of insecurity which isn’t just financial in nature. Instead of focusing what others think about you, focus on your own needs and what’s valuable to you.

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3). I can never get out of debt.

I no longer have debts (not a single cent) but I used to have some and for a long time, I thought I could never get out of them. I didn’t try harder so I got stuck at them and ended up paying more interest.  

If you say you can’t get out of debt even without trying, then you’ve already lost half of the battle. Sometimes debt can feel insurmountable that you’d rather incur more, ignore them and never make the effort of digging your way out. Instead of looking at it as a mountain, focus on the smaller hills first. Getting through your smaller debts will give you the mental fuel to tackle the bigger ones.

4. I don’t need to save for retirement now.

I had this mentality 10 years ago when I was 22 and it is now one of my regrets. Come to think of it, if you save $1000 a year, you will have $10,000 in 10 years plus the compounding interest.

You might think that retirement is not in your immediate need, especially when you’re still young and has just started your career. But the truth is, there is no better time to plan for retirement than when you’re still young because you have the power of compounding interest on your side.

Take advantage of your employer’s retirement package, automate your retirement savings and contribute to it regularly to enjoy a financially secured life in the future.

What if you don’t have extra money to save? Read this post on How to Save Money When You Don’t Have Extra Money.

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The Total Money Make Over by Dave Ramsey

Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money

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5.Money can buy happiness.

True, money can afford you things and experiences that can make you happy, but it’s so wrong to anchor your happiness to what your money can buy. If you believe that you need money to “buy happiness” , then you’re seeing money as something to be spent, instead of something to keep. And sadly, when you get vacuumed into that habit of spending for empty happiness, it can be quite hard to get out of it.

 

Do you have any of these mindsets?  If you look at money this very same way, it’s about time to turn your mindsets around!

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17 Comments

  1. Great advice, girl!
    I can totally relate to the feeling of I don’t need to save, or “I only live once”
    Ugh. SUCH a convenient justification! haha

    1. jane

      I know right! 🙂 thanks for stopping by

  2. This was like reading through my own mind! I’ve cut down spending significantly since going more minimalist, but I agree – money can definitely buy you happiness!

  3. Great advice! I totally agree with all of it especially money cant actually buy you happiness as the poorest people Ive met have been the happiest! I cant get my head to stop thinking you only live once though and I very much live for today financially!

    1. jane

      I so agree with you. And many rich people (and famous) aren’t really happy. Thank you for reading!

  4. I feel like we all can be susceptible to these mindsets! I am trying to get my money in better order now and its actually alot harder than it seems!

  5. Shell

    These are not good mindsets to have… Its never to early to think of your future and be prepared… My 21 year old son has put a portion of his income towards savings and investments for his future since he was 19…

    1. jane

      Wow that’s reAlly good! I didn’t have that concept of saving at 19.

  6. You are so right about this! Especially the YOLO mindset, which I have really badly…Well, time to start changing right now:) Thanks for sharing!

  7. I think at some point in life you are effected by too many things around you and having these thoughts sometimes make you feel protected, which turns out to be a lie in future. The more you experience this life the better it gets but having a same mind set through out the life will not let you progress. So I totally agree with you on all those points you have talked above. Thank you for sharing with us! Very well written 🙂

  8. I’m a victim of the first one, really really made me spend like a fool. Lol!

  9. I commend you for learning these lessons so young and then passing them on to some of us older folks who SHOULD have realized these earlier in life! I do regret not learning these valuable lessons many years ago, because hubby and I would be doing much better now. Downloading your checklist – thanks!

    1. jane

      Thank you! I wouldn’t think about these had I not experienced real financial struggles. I realized I had to get rid of bad financial habits.. Thank you for downloading the checklist and hope it will help you!

  10. Rosey

    These are all good tips. I love the one about tackling small debt and that giving you confidence to tackle the bigger debt.

    1. jane

      Thanks Rosey!

  11. I love all these tips! I am a person that knows how to budget money but i am a person that dont know how to save. lol!

  12. Nice article thanx for sharing this article.
    Keep up the good work.

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