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19 Tips to Get Financially Fit in 2019

For 2019, why not try something different by replacing that all-too-familiar promise to trim the waistline with a commitment to get your bottom line in shape.

Do you remember when you were young and would just close your eyes really tight so you could ignore something bad until it went away? That approach doesn’t work as a grown-up. Open your eyes and let 2019 be the year you sit down with a financial professional to get a detailed overview of your entire financial situation and what can be done to improve it.

Here are 19 ideas for a financially fit 2019.

Source: https://www.protective.com/learning-center/budgets-and-mon

Don’t bother wondering why your friends seem to have nicer homes, cars, and vacations — there’s only one measurement that matters

Basing your spending off how your friends spend their money is a huge mistake to make.  Large spenders may also be building crippling debt.

You won’t find a real answer to how you’re doing in a Federal Reserve survey or a social media feed.  You will find it by measuring yourself against rules of thumb, refined over decades and endorsed by financial pros  that point the way toward true financial health.

Start with these:

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/why-you-should-ignore-others-when-setting-personal-finance-goals

How to Budget Like a Millionaire

Most millionaires aren’t driving Lamborghinis and eating caviar. They’re driving reliable used cars and eating mashed potatoes and meatloaf. Millionaires aren’t wealthy because they’re lucky. They’re wealthy because they follow simple money habits year after year.

Click HERE to learn more about Dave Ramsey’s 6 Surprising Habits of Millionaires. 

How Cars Affect your Financial Freedom

It’s not that I don’t want a really fancy car, it is just that there is something I want a bit more: financial freedom. Car payments are many times the #1 obstacle that causes the average family not to achieve financial stability. Spend some time thinking about your current car situation.  Are your car purchases making your bank richer or you?

Here is a great read about “How Your Car Affects Your Financial Freedom.”