Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Money Management Tips - Are You Frugal or a Spendthrift?

Welcome to The Finance Gym Action Plan for a Better Life with Money Video Series. My name is Stacey Powell and if you’re ready to not just know better but do better, you’ve come to the right place.

Today we’re going to be talking about how we all spend money. Are you frugal or are you a spendthrift? I am always fascinated by the spending decisions that we all make. I have lots of clients over the years that it doesn’t matter what they buy. They’re going to buy the most expensive thing they can possibly afford.

I also have a lot of clients that it doesn’t matter what they buy. They’re going to buy the cheapest or the best deal and just be frugal about all of their spending decisions. Then there are some people right in the middle. It just depends on what they’re buying. Some things are really important to them. So they buy the best. Other things aren’t really so important. So that’s where they go and find the best deal.

I illustrate this on page 81 in the book, if you’re following me along. It’s two shopping carts full of the same six things – a couch, a watch, a TV, a necklace, a vacation and a car. These people over here, they have to have the best of, $311,000 price tag. These people over here, $16,000 price tag. It’s the same six things. When you sit on a couch, maybe it makes a little bit of a difference what kind of couch you’re sitting on. But in the end, you just need a place to sit.

So if you’re buying a $4000 couch or a $300 couch, why are you making that decision? I’m not placing the judgment on either decision. If you can afford a $4000 couch and you’re fully funding your reserves and your retirement and taking care of everything else, then by all means go buy that $4000 couch. But I also know there are a lot of people that buy that $4000 couch on credit and pay for it over many years and then they pay more for it. Why are you making those decisions? So in this video, I’m really just asking you to spend some time thinking about which side you’re on. I’m going to ask you to spend some time writing about some of your spending decisions.

In the book, page 78 and 79, I ask you to talk through your spending habits. There’s a worksheet that has a bunch of questions for you to fill in. You can go to and in the store, there’s a whole area of free pages of the book and we’re going to put these up there for you to go and download and fill them out even if you don’t have the book. I’m going to help you, so head on over there.

While you’re there, be sure to sign up for the newsletter. You can also go to Facebook and join our Team Do Better group, a great place to talk about your spending habits on there, you can chat with me. And also you can sign up for our video series down below so that you can catch every single one of these as they come out. Now go do some thinking about what kind of spender you are.

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