Financial education or financial literacy, is the education and understanding of multiple financial areas and topics related to managing personal finances, money, and investments.
So why are millennials so quick to avoid the topic of financial education, and why is it essential we empower ourselves with this knowledge no one is teaching us today?
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The Discipline of Saving Money
Why save now when you can save later! I’ll do it when I make more money. Let me take care of Christmas first. The list goes on when it comes to reasons as to why we cannot save money.
The discipline of saving money at an early age in life will become the most rewarding thing you can give yourself in a time much different from where you are today. So why is it so difficult to save money? I mean we’re able to purchase the latest gadgets, splurge on streaming services, and constantly eat out after all.
Financial literacy teaches us that money is nothing more but a mere tool that opens possibilities and allows us to walk through life without the financial stress most of us can’t seem to stay clear of. I grew restless of living paycheck to paycheck. It was annoying, tiring, and overall an unnecessary stress that needed to be eliminated in order for me to focus on the things that truly mattered the most.
All it took was a shift in mindset and educating myself financially. And of course, the discipline to save money.
We tend to give the dollar a little too much value; we keep it close. One thing we must learn to do is to let go of the money, but not in the manner of spending it. It must be pooled into an account where you will consistently be depositing in order to ensure you begin building a safety net.
This will be useful in case of a sudden emergency (which will occur at some point), a shift in job/career, or for a large purchase such as property.
Investing Is Easier Than You Think
A simple way to invest your hard earned money is by allowing your earnings to start working for you. Investing does not necessarily mean you have to invest in the stock market or real estate. One of the most simple ways to start your very first investment is by opening a high yielding savings account or money market account.
If you have a savings account it’s very likely your current bank is paying you 0.01% in interest a year. That’s a penny a year! They’re already investing your money so why not move your earnings to a high yielding savings account.
These bank accounts can pay up to 2.05% in interest per year. The amazing thing about these accounts is that the longer you continue to save, the more compound interest starts to reward you.
Compound interest is when interest is earned on the initial deposit, every deposit made, and on top of the interest already earned! Guys, I don’t think I’m the only one that wishes they’d known this sooner.
Rates will fluctuate from time to time but it beats leaving your money sitting in an account only to collect dust.
Now that you’re consistently saving money, budgeting, and have made your very first investment, you’ve taken the initial steps towards reaching financial freedom.
Financial freedom requires self discipline, and a true desire for a financial stress-free life. By financially educating ourselves, we are able to navigate through our lives with one less thing to worry about so we can pursue and focus on the things we most value.
Take control of your life, teach this to everyone you want to see win, lets secure an amazing future, and be known as a financially educated generation.
What is net worth? Your net worth is the financial value you have after deducting all your liabilities from your assets. Think of your net worth as the vitality to your personal finances.
An over-simplified example would be:
You have $10,000 in savings but owe $2,000 on your car loan and $5,000 in student loans. Your net worth is then $3,000.
Or, you have $10,000 in savings but just financed a brand new vehicle for $35,000 so your net worth is -$25,000. In this scenario you owe instead of own.
Building your net worth can be a challenging yet fun experience during your financial growth.
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So, what are some strategies I can use to grow my net worth?
I’m going to walk you through 5 ways I’m personally growing my own net worth. Anyone can use these very simple strategies to have money multiplying for them.
1. Open a high-yielding savings account
What better way to grow your net worth passively than by having a bank consistently pay you a percentage per month for holding your money.
This is exactly what high-yield savings and money market accounts do. I’ve personally seen accounts generating $20 per month in passive income to a little over $200 per month.
This type of account is a better alternative to your traditional savings account from Wells Fargo or Bank of America.
How does this work?
One thing you have to understand is that banks are always moving money. They are always investing money which is why they’re so powerful.
The instance you deposit any money into your bank account, they’re already investing it. Huge commercial banks like Wells Fargo and Bank of America will typically only pay you a penny per year for banking with them.
Ever notice that $0.01 or $0.02 randomly deposited into your savings account? Yup, that’s what you earned for banking with them.
High yielding savings accounts simply pay you a higher percentage for banking with them.
How safe are these bank accounts?
Most of these banks are FDIC insured and can insure up to $250,000. Just like Chase, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo.
What banks offer high-yield savings accounts?
It is important to note that APY rates do change depending on the circumstances of our economy. They were higher previously to the pandemic and have gone down during the pandemic.
This is completely normal though and should not stop you from generating passive income to increase your net worth.
Here’s are two banks that offer high-yielding savings and money market accounts:
Now, although these aren’t very high at the moment, you certainly get a better APY than with a traditional account.
Before the pandemic, my high yield savings account had an APY of 2.05%. I didn’t include BMO Harris on the list because the account now earns less than the others on the list above.
There are more banks I didn’t include simply because they’re around 0.20% and I want to provide you with the highest return possible at the moment.
How can I get the best out of my high-yield savings account?
Use it for your emergency fund and watch it grow
Deposit money every month to accumulate compound interest
Don’t withdraw unless it’s for an absolute emergency
A high yield savings account is not going to make you rich. I personally think the best way to utilize this account is by putting money in it you don’t intend on using unless it’s for a priority emergency.
This strategy allows your emergency fund to grow a little passively without collecting dust in a traditional bank account.
Can I withdraw money from a high-yield savings account?
Yes. However, this is usually done through an ACH transfer which can take up to 3 days to see the balance reflect in your personal bank account.
For this reason I suggest funding both your high yield savings account as well as you personal savings account. Always have liquid funds available.
Your personal savings account should have enough money to take care of something quick and unexpected. Dave Ramsey recommends $1,000 if you’re still paying off debt in efforts to continue paying off debt. I prefer more, but everyone’s situation will vary.
Now that you have your money bringing back more dollars every month, I’m going to discuss a little more about purchasing assets to further grow your net worth.
2. Purchase stocks
Purchasing stocks has never been easier with all the online platforms now available to you. The stock marketing on average provides a 8% return during a period of 10 years.
To put things into perspective, I earned a whopping 40% return of investment my first year investing in the stock market.
What are stocks?
Stocks are assets in companies you can invest in through the purchase of shares. Shares are fractions of a business that you can own through the purchase of said stocks.
For example: If you wanted to invest in Apple, you would invest in the (AAPL) stock and purchase ten, fifty, or one hundred shares of the company.
What are the risks of stock investments?
Most people instantly think risk when they hear the words ‘stock market’. The truth is the only risk is not taking the risk. In my honest opinion, not investing and having your hard earned money collect dust is the real risk.
Your mindset needs to change so you think ‘abundance’ when you think of the stock market.
“The stock market is a device for transferring money from the impatient to the patient.”
What scares most early investors is when they see their first investments take a dive. They spend $50 on a share and a week later it’s worth $44, then they sell the share and lose $6. This is the game plan you want to avoid. Stock investment for the most part should be a long term play.
In this scenario, the strategic thing to do would be to purchase a second share at $44 at a discount and hold it until their worth increases over time. By the time the share is worth $55 your first share would have gained a return of $5 and your second share would have gained a return of $11.
This ladies and gentlemen is how a total investment of $99 can earn you $16 without having to work and give your time to someone else for it. By purchasing assets, you’re able to further grow your net worth.
I recommend you only invest in companies you believe are great companies and have room for plenty of potential growth. These are the companies that are always striving to get better. And when they do, your investments will grow alongside with that company.
How can I invest in the stock market?
You can invest in the stock market through online platforms such as Vanguard, Fidelity, E*Trade, Ameritrade, and Merrill.
Once you create an account with one of these platforms you’ll be able to connect your bank and begin funding your brokerage account so you can purchase stocks.
Most wealth builders have increased their net worth by diversifying their income. Multiple streams of income is what has allowed the wealthy to stay highly successful.
Having more than one stream of income allows you to pivot should one stream lose momentum. During the pandemic millions of people lost their only source of income. Those with multiple streams of income were able to pivot and thrive.
However, when all your streams of income are doing extremely well then you will be doing extremely well.
What are some ways I can diversify my income?
This is the fun part because diversifying your income varies from person to person. Ask yourself, what are you good at? What do you enjoy doing?
You may be working a 9-5 but enjoy making music. Distribute your music online and get paid for every stream. Perhaps you really enjoy driving, take on a ride sharing or food delivery service.
You can find several ways to make money using my side hustles tab where I provide my readers with creative ideas to increase their income. One thing I will always recommend is building a scalable online business. This can be a blog, YouTube channel, or other streaming service.
The more income you’re able to generate means the more resource you will have at your disposal to begin growing your net worth.
4. Become debt free
What better way than to liberate all your income sources by becoming debt free.
When you’re debt free you can really tackle savings and investments to grow your net worth. Yes you can have debt and still have a positive net worth; however, by becoming debt free you can maximize your investment capabilities.
Freeing up your income capabilities will provide you with the best investing results. This is primarily because when an opportunity comes, you’ll be ready. You will not lack the means to invest like you mean it.
If you have debt, focus on building a small emergency fund then paying off your debt so you may continue to grow your net worth.
Hacks to avoid getting in debt:
In need of a vehicle? Purchase it cash.
Learn to generate money without a college degree.
Avoid payment options provided by store retailers.
Keep your credit card spending limit below 30%.
Debt has a lot to do with our spending habits. If most people cannot manage $1,000 then they won’t be able to mange $10,000 and so forth. Invest in your future self and eliminate debt. You will thank yourself later.
5. Live below your means
This last strategy on the list is very powerful. Very few people have the discipline to stay put as their income level increases.
Living below your means, just like becoming debt free can unlock your savings and investing capabilities.
To live below your means simply means your expenses do not exceed your level of income. In other words, you spend less than you earn.
Keeping your expenses low as you continue to increase your income is a guaranteed way you can grow your net worth even if you don’t invest. This is why this strategy is so powerful.
If you were making $80K a year and got hired somewhere else for $100k a year, keep living the same lifestyle at $80K while you use the additional $20K to build your net worth.
More than often, people will fall into income creep lifestyle where they get a raise and they upgrade just about everything. This is how even high earners have trouble getting off the never-ending cycle of debt and living paycheck to paycheck.
Don’t be average, continue to increase your net worth so that you can look out for your future self and and for your family.
A few last words from Frank Nez
Growing your net worth takes time, serious dedication, and work. There will be times where you’re doing great, being consistent and something happens where you have to take money out.
It’s normal, it’s life. Do not get discouraged when you face roadblocks that halt your growth. Instead, continue to set goals to grow your net worth and make it happen.
Follow these strategies and you’ll be on the path to long-term financial success.
FAQs on Net Worth
Can net worth go down?
Your net worth can be zero if your assets and liabilities break even. A net worth at zero is much better than having a negative net worth.
Can net worth be zero?
Your net worth can be zero if your assets, and liabilities break even. A net worth at zero is much better than having a negative net worth.
Can net worth be negative?
If your liabilities are greater than your assets then your net worth will be negative. This is most common amongst younger people enrolled in college.
Why is net worth important?
Net worth is important because it reflects the health of your financial situation. Whether you’re negative, break even, or have a positive net worth, it says a lot about how you manage your finances.
Financial stability is the 3rd level of wealth according to Dan Lok’s 6 levels of wealth pyramid. It is the level beyond financial dependency (level 1) and financial survival (level 2 ). Financial stability bears a financial stress-free lifestyle but requires definite discipline and planning. If you’d like to find out more about Dan Lok’s 6 levels of wealth be sure to check out the video below. Here’s how to reach financial stability at any age.
What Does It Mean To Be Financially Stable?
What is financial stability? Financial stability is the level of wealth when you no longer depend on someone financially, and have essentially stopped going paycheck to paycheck. Financial stability requires that:
Your income is greater than your expenses
You have anywhere from 4-6 months of monthly living expenses saved up
You have no bad debt (high credit card debt, bad investments, etc.)
There is no set income number to reaching financial stability and you can reach it at any age. It does not matter how you make this money or how much you make, but how you manage your money.
E.g.: A person earning six figures a year cannot be financially stable if they are living paycheck to paycheck with no money set aside for an emergency. A person earning significantly less can be wealthier by simply having the discipline to manage their personal finances responsibly.
So How Do You Become Financially Stable?
First, you must truly want to become financially stable. In order to reach financial stability at any age it will require sacrifices involving budgeting, saving, and lots of planning.
Assuming you are not financially dependent on anyone and you work for yourself, you must learn to stop living paycheck to paycheck. This is achieved through gaining a set of skills and financial knowledge from which you can put to use.
In short, you will need to:
Look At Your Bank Statements and Budget
Increase Your Income
Live Below Your Means
Increase All Monetary Accounts
Develop Winner Habits
We break down in complete detail how to stop living paycheck to paycheck here. Reach financial stability at any age by living below your means and eliminating living paycheck to paycheck.
Write Down Your Financial Goals
It is important to write down your financial goals in order to materialize said goals. Type them out in a word document or write them down in a journal. Your subconscious mind sees this and allows a lot of powerful and intuitive things to occur in your mind. Working towards your financial goals will become second nature.
Writing down my goals helped me reach financial stability because I was constantly setting goals for myself. Keep planning and keep writing down your goals.
The comfort zone is where all dreams and goals die. Be prepared to leave your comfort zone if your goal is to reach financial stability. This step will require you to ditch the habits prohibiting you from reaching your financial goals.
If you want to reach financial stability you will need to develop some habits you might not like at first. This means delaying gratification to meet your future goals.
Take Action To Manifest Your Financial Vision
Begin to set things in motion by taking affirmative and disciplined action. Stick to your budgeting plan and keep working towards eliminating unnecessary expenses while earning extra income to pay off debt. Think in terms of weeks and months. Look at the progress you make at the end of every week and every month.
Learn to reach financial stability at any age by continuously taking action towards achieving your goals.
Take action every day and you’ll grow every day.
Let Your Goals Motivate You
Record your progress to boost your motivation. This helps to visually see how much closer you are to accomplishing your goals. Motivation is at its highest in the beginning and may begin to settle as time passes. When it begins to subside, remember why you started in the first place.
The process will take time. Remember, one step is one step closer to achieving your goals. Reach financial stability at any age by staying motivated throughout your financial journey.
Some ways to stay motivated include:
Watching successful mentors on YouTube
Reading self development books
Following motivational pages on social media
Maintaining focus on your aspirations
Reaching financial stability requires you to ditch old habits and gain new ones.
Another great way to stay motivated throughout your journey to reach financial stability is to never stop learning. Continue to educate yourself while you take on this amazing responsibility.
There is a lot of great content on YouTube from which you can gain new perspective and knowledge from. Some of our favorite people include Dave Ramsey (saving), Grant Cardone (motivation), & Andrei Jikh (investing). You will find loads of content that can benefit you when you envelop yourself with financial betterment.
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How Do You Reach Financial Stability At Any Age?
You reach financial stability when you decide to become financially literate. Financially literacy is the understanding of managing your personal finances responsibly.
You can only fathom financial literacy if you have the willpower to seek the knowledge. You must truly want it. No amount of money greater than what you currently earn can make you become financially stable. However, it can certainly become a tool to help you reach financial stability.
Every post on Franknez.com plays a dedicated role to working towards and building your financial future. Reaching financial stability is a mix of several habits you must learn to develop before attaining this level of wealth, just like any other level of wealth.
Financial Stability Is A Mental Stability
Mental stability manifests financial stability due to a variety of factors of which include:
Desire To Learn
This level of wealth is where you decide it’s time to change your life. It’s when you stop doing a variety of things that were holding you back and focus on taking control of your destiny.
In other words, it’s when you replace your bad habits with developed winner habits. Only you can truly decide financial stability for yourself.
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Financial goals are the big visions you have for your personal finances and the way you plan to spend your money.
These financial goals are what help us achieve ultimate success and financial freedom. They also make our dreams easy to identify.
Why Do Financial Goals Matter?
Financial goals push us to keep moving forward in our day-to-day lives with a relentless focus on reaching life changing goals.
They’re what will determine how comfortably we live our lives when we’re ready to retire.
Financial goals are what separate the lower, middle, and high class.
You’ll learn the importance of becoming debt free
How to adopt winner habits in order to secure your financial future
Ways to diversify your income
If you’re here it’s because you have a genuine curiosity on how to succeed financially in life. The great news is that what led you here is no coincidence. I strongly believe we attract into our lives what we think about. Navigate this platform and manifest.
Here are 10 ways you can begin setting financial goals for yourself in order to eliminate any financial insecurities you might have.
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#1. Paying Off Debt
Paying off debt is a financial goal everyone should strive for. Accomplishing this goal is your ticket to becoming financially free.
Everyone wants to be debt free but not everyone is willing to put in the work to break from the shackles of debt.
Some benefits to paying off debt include:
Freeing up resources to save and invest
Eliminating monthly payments to lenders
No more interest
Surge in credit score points
Paying off your debt will require temporary sacrifices, such as living below your means and delaying gratification.
I’ve found that the snowball effect is very efficient when it comes down to paying off debt. You essentially start from the smallest debt and work towards the biggest debt. You can read more about it below.
If you find yourself straying from paying off your debt, remember why you started in the first place. Crush this financial goal so you can focus on all the wonderful things in life that truly matter!
#5. Making Your First Investment In The Stock Market
This financial goal is probably the most intimidating goal of them all. You most likely have thought about investing in the stock market but perhaps don’t know where to start.
We walk our readers on how to invest in the stock market step by stephere.
The stock market might not be everyone’s choice of investment, but for those of you who want to partake will see just how easy it is to purchase shares and see your money grow.
Before you begin to invest in the stock market, be sure you:
Are debt free in order to maximize your deposits in the market
Have created a strong and healthy emergency fund
Acquire the confidence to proceed with investing in the market
Investing in stocks has the the biggest potential if you’re striving to build wealth. With the S&P 500 yielding an average 7% in return, it’s highly unlikely you’ll ever see this percentage from any bank or institution.
Are There Other Alternatives To Investing?
A very good alternative would be to put your money in a high yielding or money market account.
While your regular banks pay you 0.01% APY, high yielding banks can pay up to 2.05% APY!
Rates fluctuate from time to time depending on the economy, but it’s a great money move; especially if your financial goal is to grow your savings account.
Here’s a list of high yielding banks you can check out so your money can earn you a little bit of interest (money while you sleep):
Yahoo Finance reported from a 2019 survey that 64% of Americans will retire broke.
I think it’s safe to make retirement a priority when it comes to setting financial goals.
Retirement should be the time where we can finally look back and feel like all the hard work has paid off. It should be that time period where you can sigh in relief knowing you won’t ever have money troubles.
Around this time you’re most likely earning passive income from a variety of sources. Perhaps your investments are paying tremendous amounts of dollars every month or your online business keeps generating income.
Money during this time is working for you and you can enjoy anything your cashflow is able to provide.
How Can I Prepare For Retirement?
Preparing for retirement really includes a lot of the things that we’ve covered over in this post. Such things include:
Start a 401(k) with an employer match if available
Save money using a high yielding or money market account that accrues interest
Free yourself from debt in order to maximize your savings
Invest in the stock market
Invest in real estate
Increase your income
Preparing for retirement will become more of a challenge if you’re not debt free. The earlier you begin to save for retirement, the longer you have for compound interest to put your money to work.
If you’re nowhere near the income peak age you should be focusing on making as much money as possible early on in order to free up your resources so you can start focusing on the things that really matter.
Remember, you cannot grow wealth being in debt.
#9. College Savings
A financial goal that’s popular amongst parents is saving for their children’s college tuition.
A college savings plan will come in handy when your children are ready to take that leap in the real world.
Saving now can help you get a great start. We suggest using a savings account that will accrue interest; this way you earn additional money on top of your principle and recurring deposits. Use compound interest to boost your savings goals!
According to the Wall Street Journal, the average tuition is a whopping $37,172!
It would be wise to start saving for this goal as soon as you can. Personally, we’d opt out for teaching our kids to become entrepreneurs instead so they can earn as much money as they desire. It’s the financially responsible thing to do, but hey! We need all type of professionals in this world.
#10. Financial Education
What better financial goal than to further your financial education!
If you’re not 100% certain about how something works, invest time in yourself and do the homework until you’re confident about such topic(s).
People used to read about everything, now you can watch videos or read blogs like this one for more information.
It took me about 3 months of studying and researching how to invest in the stock market before committing to purchasing my first shares of stocks.
I created my Vanguard account and although I had done some research, it took a while before I actually proceeded. Financial education allowed me to grow confident in all things I do financially.
I wanted to make the process of investing in stocks easier for my readers so I wrote on how to invest in the stock market (step by step). You can read it here.
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Become Financially Confident
Dear readers, I encourage you to step outside your comfort zone and educate yourself as much as possible so you may become financially confident and financially independent.
Break the cycles and begin to develop winner habits to secure your financial future.
Let us know in the comments section below which financial goal(s) you’ve taken up! Our readers would love to hear what you’re working on.
Whether you’re in debt with credit cards, student loans, car notes, or house loans, we all have some form of debt. The thought of paying off your debt might seem stressful at first but imagine what a debt free life could mean for you.
Debt keeps us from saving money, investing it, and reaching financial freedom. So what’s the best method to eliminate debt?
The Snowball Effect
There are a few proven methods to paying off debt. We favor the snowball effect method due to its quick momentum and effective results.
This is how it works
You start by paying down your smallest accounts first while making minimum payments on the rest of them.
The approach is to eliminate your smallest debt aggressively. Once you’ve paid off your smallest account, rollover that payment onto your next account.
By the time you’re paying off your third account, the amount equivalent to your monthly payments from the first two will have a drastic effect moving forward on your outstanding balances.
Avoid This Mistake To Stay Debt Free
In order for the snowball effect to build momentum ,you must be consistent and not divert from rolling over once your first debt has been eliminated.
Most people will fill in the space with something else once they’ve paid off their car or credit cards for example. This spending habit pulls you back to a never ending cycle.
Remember, once you’re debt free all that disposable income is yours to enjoy. Save it, grow it by investing, and enjoy it!
Don’t let income creep lifestyle keep you from reaching your financial goals. This is how people making six figures a year can be in financial ruin just as much as anyone making five figures.
Continuously work towards earning more income to payoff your debt more aggressively. The sooner you payoff one debt, the sooner you can move on to the next while eliminating accruing interest.
Create A Budget
See what areas you could budget on and apply money that was going towards junk food, streaming services, and other non essentials, towards your debt. You’d be surprised at how much you can save a week by meal prepping instead of eating out daily.
Write down your expenses and see where you can cut back. This strategy will help you not only develop a winner habit but play an important role in your journey to a debt free life.
Mint is a great app that breaks down your expenses and allows you to have an overview on all your account balances.
It Takes Discipline
The fact that you’re here shows your willingness to make this incredible change in your life. Financial freedom is an amazing experience we all deserve a chance to.
Realistically, only by taking the necessary actions to see our goals through will we truly reach a debt free life. It’s time to live in the moment and focus on the things that truly matter to us the most. Be consistent, stay on top of your goal, you have the power to do this.