Living within your means is the best way to live debt-free. We usually want to get things faster and in the attempt to do so, we often forget how something can affect us in the future. But, your financial habits now will set you up for your financial status in the future whether good or bad.

Credit Scores

Usually, your credit score affects your ability to get a loan so being responsible with your credit will help you to maintain your credit score. Although with new startups and financial solutions making headway in the market, services like don’t care much about your credit score and you can get an instant loan online.

But, that being said, your credit score will either make a lot of things easier or much more difficult for you. Buying things that are deemed as big purchases like a house or a car aren’t usually bought with a hundred percent payment upfront. This is when your credit score matters the most, if you have a good credit score you will get a lower interest rate.

Showing the banks and businesses that you are reliable and responsible with your monetary commitments will also help your transactions go smoothly. 

Wants vs. Needs

You have to make sacrifices in the present to live the lifestyle you desire to live in the future. Don’t go out and make frivolous purchases that you cannot afford simply to appear more financially stable. Always put your “needs” before your “wants”. Living in luxury should never cost you dinner.

My dad always taught me to not keep all my money in one place. So, I have always saved in different places. This has kept me from veering off the path of financial freedom for the idea of having things i have always wanted rather than being responible with my money.

Sinking Funds

One of the best things you can do to save money for something you want is to start a sinking fund. A sinking fund is where you save up for planned big expenses, things that you want but aren’t urgent or considered “needs”.

Every week or month you can put some money aside to save up enough to be able to buy whatever you are planning to without putting a strain on your budget. 

Final Thoughts

Saving up slowly and living within your means go hand in hand. Remember to put equal importance on spending within limits and saving enough to help you live comfortably while also having a little surplus for your wants.

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