There is no greater feeling in the world than not having debt hanging over your head. Whether you’ve worked hard to pay off your debts, or never got yourself into a financial bind before, there are things you do to remain financially fit.
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While we share the secrets to help you get out of debt, staying there can be tough. It is a change in lifestyle which requires you to give up some bad habits and pick up some new (and better) good ones! Here are ten habits of debt free people!
1. They are patient. This is a big one that people in debt have in common. When you don’t have debt, you learn to be patient. You know that all good things come in time.
For instance, if you know you need a new car that you need to start saving now and build up the cash. It might take 3 years to get there, but you can do it. Patience pays off as you can pay for your vehicle in cash rather than having to take out a loan and getting into debt once again.
2. Responsible for their actions. The debt free person is responsible with money. Whether they are 20 or 60, they know the value of a dollar, working hard and following a budget so as to not get themselves into financial troubles.
3. Material items do not matter. When it comes to “stuff” people who are out of debt know that this is not what matters. Sure, you could have the newest TV, the fastest car and the biggest house — but at what cost? They know the things that really matter most in life and know that money can’t buy them.
In fact, for most debt free people, what matters more in life are experiences rather than things. They know things will not be around forever, but experiences can create memories to last a lifetime.
4. They live below their means. People who do not have debt do not spend more than they make. In fact, they often spend much less. They are saving for the future and increasing their emergency fund for that “just in case moment.”
When you are content, you do not need to spend more than you make. You find contentment with what you have and don’t try to keep up with the Jones’s.
5. Think long-term. If you have debt, all you can see what is right in front of you – debt. Those who have no debt can see further ahead and plan accordingly. They plan for the big purchase. The emergency fund is ready for the unexpected. They are prepared.
6. They set goals. Just like people in debt, they work hard for their money. However, what they often do is set financial goals. They might want to go on vacation or get that fancy new handbag. They set a goal on how to pay for it and then work to achieve it.
It might mean less dinners out in order to save the money to pay for it – but they do it. Once they’ve saved enough money, then – and only then – will they take the plunge and make the purchase
7. They use cash. Now, I know this is not the case for everyone, but most people who are debt free use cash.
Even if they use a credit card, they never charge MORE than they have available in the bank to pay off the statement every. single. month. They have learned that if they do not have the money, they can not spend. They don’t buy now and worry about how to pay it off later.
8. They can say no. When you have a limited budget, you know what you can spend money on and what you can not. Sure, it might be fun to go out to dinner with your friends on Friday night, but if it is not in the budget, they know and will pass.
9. They always save. The one thing that most debt free people have in common is savings. When they get paid, they first pay themselves. It might be a company funded 401(k) account or even regular savings. Whatever way they do it, they always save.
The same holds true for any windfalls. If they get a bonus or money from a family member, they will often set it aside and save it rather than run out and spend it right away.
They also watch to make sure that they are not ever paying more than they should for the items they need. It might mean using a coupon or simply waiting for the right deal to come along.
10. They ask questions. One thing we did when needing a new television was negotiate a discount by using cash. We knew it did not hurt to ask and for us it worked! We were able to save 5% off of our purchase – just by using cash.
Those who are not in debt are not afraid to ask for discounts. They are not afraid to ask for a lower interest rate (if they truly need a loan for any reason). They realize all that can happen is that they could be told no. However, they also know that they might get what they’ve asked for!
11. They pay attention to their bills. When the bill arrives, they not only look it over to ensure it is accurate, they also make sure it is paid timely. By doing this, they are never late paying bills, which results in late fees.
What they do when the bill comes is always look it over and then place it somewhere they know they will remember to pay it on time. They may make a notation on a calendar or spreadsheet to remind them of the due date — so it is always paid before the date it is due.
12. They know that money does not buy happiness. Many times, people in debt are in that situation because they’ve spent money trying to fill an emotion or other need. Instead of shopping out of necessity, they shop out of emotion.
Shopping to fulfill a need results in nothing more than debt. Take the time to figure out why you shop. What is it you are trying to replace? Work to make a change in that part of your life and you will find that your desire to shop for fulfillment can fade.
Whether you are in debt $5,000 or $50,000, I know you are doing what you can to get out from under your financial burden. If you start to practice the habits of debt free people now, you can put those ideas to work for you — and get your debts paid down even more quickly!