4 years ago, I cleared off 2 credit cards and that was THE most soul-cleansing effort I’ve made in my life. I could’ve fooled myself into thinking I need it during emergency, but I don’t travel that often nor do I shop that much. I’m still lucky that I don’t have a student loan but I do have a house loan debited from my payslip for the next 20 years. My number one issue with debt though; was my credit card spending. Guess I cared too much about having stuff like everyone else, and to be seen happy and having a good time every weekend hence the accumulation of bills. Now that the party is over, it was agonizing to not be able to swipe a credit card to my heart’s content but I’m super relieved that I dont need to que up at the cash deposit machine every month. It still tortures me having to save up for big ticket items but at least I’m not chased by payment datelines. I also begin to read a number of financial management books over the years but nobody touches me as well as Suzie Orman. Maybe because she’s female so she’s closer to the heart but I wish I have her sense everytime the paycheck rings in. Watch her short course below, or if you don’t have time, just scroll further for what I have summed up as my own pledge for financial freedom this year.
Tomorrow henceforward, I pledge to:
1. Live below my means and within my means
2. Take greater pleasure in savings than spending
3. Recognize who I am, not what I have.
4. Discuss with my husband or if I’m not completely secure with him, my Mom, how I’m going to spend my monthly paycheck
5. Dont buy any clothes for next 6 months (this is DEFINITELY the hardest because I LOVE clothes)
6. Get a debit card with limited funds
7. And whenever I want to spend, think about my daughter’s future tuition fees!
* I want to fulfil all, although it’s going to be very tough (especially Point 6!). But Capricornians are born driven. So wish me luck!