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Growing Personal Wealth

by Intizar Ali
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In today’s economy, and with the numerous resources at hand, creating wealth is very attainable. Now more than ever, it isn’t just about working long hours or working hard; it is about executing effective strategies to create wealth. It is about being patient and limiting your spending. It’s about effectively removing debt from your life. You might want to learn about earning extra money by reading books about passive income. There are many resources at your disposal.

Remove Debt

Removing debt is the most important aspect of generating wealth. Although it is an incredibly simple concept, creating a budget and tracking your income and outcome is essential to managing whatever debt you have. This will allow you to create a plan to actually tackle the debt. 

Oftentimes, starting with the biggest or most expensive debt is an effective solution. To snowball the effect, stop any credit card spending. This will only turn over into more debt and convolute the situation. Most times people will only pay the minimum balance and this isn’t an effective strategy in the long run. This is actually how you slowly pile on more debt; and in some cases, this is what started debt issues. There are even debt repayment apps for those of you who have a difficult time staying organized.

The Emergency Fund

The emergency fund is paramount to your success. We are all alive and we understand how easy it is for an unaccounted problem to interrupt the normal flow of things. Instead of reacting to the situation, you plan for it. After creating your budget and coming up with a plan to remove the debt holding you down, siphon some of your income into a slow-growth emergency fund. If your car breaks down, if you have an unexpected health issue arise, if you have a child and they get hurt, you will have a rainy day fund to pull from. This will allow you to continue to manage your income and reduce debt. It also relieves stress which can negatively affect your decision-making process when dealing with finances. This is basic, but an important facet when dealing with money.

Set Goals to Save

You have created your budget, started tackling your debt, and put away your rainy day fund. The plan is to now create savings. This is where you set goals that take time to accumulate. This will probably be much slower and take time, so patience is key. Determine how much you can save on a weekly or biweekly basis and do not deviate from the plan. You can even set a deadline to help keep you motivated and see your savings budget through until you reach that goal.

Invest Your money

There seems to be a lot of streams of money going here and there, and it can be overwhelming. It may even seem like it will stretch you too thin. Revert to the holy bible of finances (which is your budget) and do not skip this part. Invest your money. This can be very overwhelming at first. 

There are a lot of different avenues you can take when you decide to look into investing. 401Ks, IRAs, taxable brokerage accounts, and education investment accounts are all options. Before looking into any of these, there is an important step to take. Assess your level of risk! If you want to safely retire and invest for long-term growth, there are options for you. If you are willing to leverage some money and invest for a short-term gain or something like three to five years, there are options for you as well.

Reduce Spending

Very basic, but reducing your needless spending will increase the effectiveness of all mentioned strategies. If you smoke, quit. If you eat out three to five times a week, buy groceries and learn to cook meals. If you have six different subscriptions like Netflix, Hulu, Peacock, and HBO Max; then pick one or two and get rid of the rest. Regardless of what your spending habits are, if you are serious about creating and generating real wealth, then you need to get rid of needless spending. There are many more ways to generate wealth, but following these major principles will get you in the right direction, and expedite the process.

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