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7 things people who are good with money know that the rest of us don't

Published by Business Insider on Fri, 14 Feb 2020

Anyone who's good with money knows how to plan carefully for the future, invest in financial planning, and make saving a routine.People who are good with money are generally spending on experiences, and opt for quality over quantity.But being good with money doesn't mean you're a millionaire: Most people who are good with money just know how to make the most of what they have.SmartAsset's free tool can help find you a financial planner who's good with moneyand can help you be good with money, too For people who are good with money, it's not about always having the latest and greatest, or even having huge incomes or bank accounts. It's about good habits for saving and planning for the future.According to Lynette Khalfani-Cox, an author and money coach, there are certain habits those who are good with money know that the rest of us just don't understand:They know they don't need to buy everything that crosses their pathKhalfani-Cox says that one of the things that people who are good with money do is say no to consumer culture."People who are good with money are often not afraid to go against the grain and to actively unplug from consumerism," she says."Whereas the person who is deep in debt and broke and living paycheck to paycheck might drive a BMW and have designer handbags or some of the trappings of success in terms of material goods, the person who does far better has several hundred thousand in the bank," she continues.For example, Warren Buffett still lives in a house that's worth just .001% of his net worth (not that you have to be a billionaire to be good with money). For those who are good with money, it's all about living on less than you really need to.When they do buy things, they're not chasing brandsPeople who are good with money aren't chasing name-brand goods. Instead, they're chasing value and deals, as well as searching for quality items that will last."They're more concerned with quality as opposed to quantity, and they're also less interested in brand names just for the sake of flossing and just trying to look good," says Khalfani-Cox.And when people who are good with money do splurge, they're thinking about things long-term. "If they are going to buy a $500 bag or something, it's going to be like, 'oh, this bag's gonna last me 10 years,'" she continues.And they spend their money on experiences over things"People who are good with money that they would rather have an experience than an item to be able to show off," Khalfani-Cox says.Millennials are increasingly displaying this pattern, and making spending on experiences a priority. As Business Insider's Hillary Hoffower reports, in a survey of millennials, "more than a quarter of respondents said that after a rough week, the thing that would bring them the most joy is some form of entertainment, such as going to the movies, happy hour, or a concert."And in Khalfani-Cox's opinion, millennials might just be onto something.They plan carefully for the futureThose who are good with money are planning ahead, whether it's through saving, investing, or working with financial planners."People who are not as capable with money are present-oriented," says Khalfani-Cox.One of the key differences between those who are good with money and those who aren't, in her experience, is that those who are good with money are planning ahead. "Be strategic in your planning and don't be so driven by everything today," she says.They make saving and investing a part of their routineThose who are good with money aren't waiting for a raise or a large gift to savethey're making it a part of their routine and using whatever money they have now."People who are good with money know that discipline and consistency are far more important than large gestures of any kind," says Khalfani-Cox.She's seen this particularly with those wanting to invest. "The person who is not particularly good at investing or not as good with money is thinking, 'oh, I have to wait until I get $5,000,' or, 'I have to wait until I get a lump sum of cash to be able to invest that,'" she says.Khalfani-Cox emphasises even the smallest of contributions are valuable. "These people have made saving or investing a habit and they're more successful as a result," she says.They're not always millionaires ' they just know how to do the best with what they have"Anybody at any income or asset level can be good with money by practicing fiscal discipline and smart money management habits," says Khalfani-Cox.While she acknowledges that building wealth is a very different scenario for those with little access to credit and lower incomes, there are still things anyone can do.Rather than saying they can't, people who are good with money see anything as a step in the right direction. Someone who is good with money would say, 'If I can just save, even if it's $25 a month, that's better than nothing,' rather than, 'Why bother saving if I'm only saving $25 per month''It doesn't take tremendous wealth to manage your money wellwhether you're saving $25 or $2,500 per month, anyone who's good with money knows how to work with the wealth they have.They're willing to invest in getting financial help"People who are good with money buy the financial products and services, and buy the team that's going to help them to gain further wealth," says Khalfani-Cox.They see these kinds of expenses as an investment. "The person with a wealth mindset knows that accountant, that money manager, that financial planner, et cetera, is going to help them to double their wealth or to further grow their assets, and potentially their income as well," she says.Those who aren't as good with money are going to feel that they can't afford this expense, and won't see it as an investment, she says.SmartAsset's free tool can help find you a financial planner who's good with money More personal finance coverage4 reasons to open a high-yield savings account while interest rates are down It took less than 10 minutes to open a high-yield cash account with Wealthfront and earn more on my savingsHow to buy a house with no money down When to save money in high-yield savingsBest rewards credit cards7 reasons you may need life insurance, even if you think you don't
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