SAVING FOR THEIR FUTURE: PUTTING MONEY AWAY FOR YOUR CHILD’S FUTURE

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“Start before they get here.”


financing your offspring

You might want to know, when is the best time to start investing in your child’s future? And when I say invest I mean putting away money for them for when they reach a certain age. The money should be used for their college education, or when they become an adult and want to purchase their very first home. Or better yet, if they want to embark on their very own business, the money will do them wonders. Now you have to ask yourself a very important question. When is the best time to start investing money in your child? Is it before they are born, when they are young, or a little later in age like adolescence?

what can you afford

Think about the amount of money you have to put away. Don’t put yourself in the poor house trying to save for your child. Understand that you have to live while you save. So you might only be able to put away $20 here and $50 there for their future. But over the course of 18 years, 21 years, or maybe that first house at 25 years, the savings is possible. Just be aware of what you can and cannot afford. Don’t try to stretch yourself out too far when putting away money for them. Understand that life is a marathon applies to saving for them like building your success.

it’s a family affair

Bringing your child or children in the loop is a good way to aid in their building of finances for themselves. When I was in high school, I had a job in retail, but didn’t save any money because the pay was so low I could only really afford gas. But what happens when you’re growing up in a house where parents already are in the process of setting money aside. You can now afford to assist considering it’s your money being built. And you have a disposable income, so you can actual put in more than your parents.


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SAVINGS ACCOUNTS: HOW TO SAVE WHEN YOU ARE YOUNG

Pink and White Ceramic Pig Coin Bank

“Put it away for later.”


a penny today, a dollar tomorrow

Growing up, my mother always saved her money. And not because she made a lot and wanted to have as a rainy day fund. She did so just because she wanted us to see that there must be something you keep away just in case something happens; anything. You never want to be caught out there with no means of survival. So what do you do, you save your money in the bank and use only the checking account. Let’s assume you have other obligations, how can you save money with this in mind?

i want that

The problem when you are young is that you want everything, but you cannot afford everything. And when faced with an issue of going out and spending versus savings, we tend to spend. We get the idea that in our minds, we must have something that actually provides us with no immediate use at first. We want to fit into the group and be accepted by their peers.But it just never dawns on you that you’re heading for a world of trouble by listening to your peers.

out of fear

When you see people around you falling off financially, then you can understand that their is some to be said about holding on to your money. We get up every morning and take for granted that something will be there everyday. You have to learn to establish a fund for making your income. Something that will serve as a means to aid in case of a job loss, or even starting capital for buying a house.


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GET IT TOGETHER: HOW YOUR PRIORITIES CAN AFFECT YOU MONEY

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“Do what’s needed first, then focus on your wants.”


who taught you how

Growing up, we all are raised with a set of morals and principles. And those are going to guide us through life. But what happens when your views on finances, being one of those morals, puts you in a very binding position because you were never taught basics of money? When I was young, I would watch my mother receive her check and go straight to the bank. She would take out money for the rent, then food, then make sure we had our personals. And if we had something leftover, maybe you got something nice at the store. She prioritized with the things we needed first, then the things we wanted, no questions asked.

from one class to another

If you happen to find yourself out of one class into another at a higher level, then you know you have to change. And generally, changing your socioeconomic class means changing your mind-frame anyways. If you think poor, you can’t make money. And a lot of people don’t want to hear that their mind-frame is derived from an impoverished situation. But it truly is, they just can’t see it. If all you know is this current state, then you can’t move past that point. Shifting the thought process to open your mind to new opportunities you will arrive at your destination eventually.

i want to change

Do you genuinely want to do better, or is it something you just say to make yourself feel good? We want to look at life in that manner of fixing your things in life that are needs and dumping the excess wants. But let’s be honest, who truly buys what they need first. A lot of people buy out of need, when in reality it’s a want. And their priorities are out of wack, with their lives hanging in the balance. And they don’t realize it until it’s far too late.


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GET RICH, LIVE POOR: WHY YOU SHOULD SPEND CONSIDERABLY LESS THAN YOU MAKE

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“Why go broke when you don’t have to?”


why we spend

We all love to shop til we drop. But when it comes to having money and retaining the money, we all have a hard time doing so. And that’s why I chose to discuss the idea of all of us spending less than we actually have in the bank. And the reason for this is that you don’t want to live beyond your means. As a matter of fact, you don’t want to buy anything toward the top of your budget. When you purchase something it should always be in context of the percentage of something you brought home. So if you make $40,000 per year, your car should be 7-10% of what you make in a year. But try explaining to someone that they should spend $2,800 to $4,000 on a car.

rainy day, better yet a hail storm

We have heard the phrase when it rains it pours. And that is this notion that when something bad happens it all falls down by the waist side. Sometimes the waist side is still too high for how bad things can get in life. So you want to have enough money saved up just in case something bad does happen. Never know what may transpire, so you want to give yourself some wiggle room. If you are living above what you make, then you will find yourself in a world of trouble if that time comes. And I don’t care if you make $75,000, live like you only make $30,000 to $40,000. You will be shocked by how much you save.

get out of your head

Remember I said prior that you want to spend less than what you make. People hear that they are about to make $100,000 in a year and go out and get a new car. Then they try to buy a condo, and vacation, and shop, and this and that. But what they should really be thinking is how can I save the most for when I need it. Doesn’t hurt to enjoy, but what you have to be thinking is long term. Especially if you are someone with children to support. You have to think about their futures in addition to your own. So spend wisely and cross the next few bridges even if they are there just in case something comes up.


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ONLINE BANKING: HOW IT MAY CHANGE OVER TIME

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“Tracking more than expenses.”


no need to drive up

I remember as a child growing up we didn’t have a car. And the bank where my mother was at had a drive through. She would walk to the window and withdraw cash from her account or get a money order. But today is vastly different from the days of watching my mother retrieve cash form the bank. You no longer have to walk to any window. You can do everything online. Well you can almost do everything online. Because what will happen when the day comes where you don’t need the people behind the counters? Then you’re going to have a whole other ball game.

online teller

Machines are slowly taking over to the point you are going to have to speak with a teller over the internet. Imagine trying to conduct business with an automated voice telling you how to go about conducting your daily business. We already are irritated whenever we call anywhere and need that voice. Because speaking to a live person is so much different than a machine. There are questions that someone might have that then machine cannot pick up on where you need someone to talk out your problems. But what happens when not only the machine understands the basics, but little nuances, then you’re real trouble.

cashless

You used to have to carry around cash, and the thought of using a card was a no go. But now, I can’t tell you the last time I really touched cash. There is really no need unless you truly have to do so. And that is where we are headed in America. We are headed toward a cashless society. So if you are not used using cards for everything get used to it because we are heading toward a digital world.


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BLACK DOLLARS LOST: WHY THE BLACK COMMUNITY MAY BE FINANCIALLY POOR

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“A few trillion, yet broke.”


the community

The African American community has is a financial base that constitutes roughly $2.5 trillion dollars of the American economy. But when you look as a whole, there is still a high level of poverty that exist within the communities throughout the country. And what are some of the driving forces behind the poverty. There are skeptics that will have a wide range of feelings. Views like Black people being shut out of business ownership to we as a community spending our money on things not making us better. So in my opinion, I have a few things that I have noticed from our end that can be done. Because the expectations of the system is not going to happen.

goods #1 (cars)

Walking home from a long day, I come across two neighborhoods here in New York City. One of them is the Upper Eat Side and the other being Harlem. The Upper East Side is a more expensive side of Manhattan which consists of highly priced brownstones and penthouse apartments. Both property types sharing the community with high end stores that can only be described as the Rodeo drive of New York City. Then there is Harlem, which is a large neighborhood stretching from 100th street all the up into the high 160’s. This is where you start to see more working class and poor families. A historic region of the borough, you instantly notice two aspects of both communities. There is that the Upper East Side is mostly White and Harlem is mostly Black. But the other is the money spent on goods and services.

I can’t help but notice walking past a housing project to see Mercedes Benz, BMW, Lexus, and Jaguar in the parking lot. Yet the upscale Upper East Side I see Toyota, Dodge, Nissan, and Ford. Why the stark difference in vehicles considering the community poor should be driving what the wealthy drive, and the wealthy should be driving what the poor drive. And here lies an underlying problem. Why is one living in the housing projects, yet driving a luxury vehicle? There are some really nice Chryslers, GM’s, Honda, Lincolns, and Audi’s. A car that has a price tag of a luxury vehicle when living in public housing has no real value because it’s not a real investment.

goods part 2 (clothing)

I know for myself growing up in a poor Black community, that carrying yourself in a certain manner in respect to how you dress is emphasized. But there is a clear difference between dressing to be presentable and dressing far outside what you are able to afford. Growing up in my community was like a runaway fashion show of every latest trend you can imagine. But I on the other hand attended predominantly White schools. And the dressing style was vastly different. It was nice and presentable, yet parents were not going too deep into their wallets. And these were children who could easily afford to wear expensive clothing. So when you have a closet that is easily mistaken for a high end fashion showroom and you’re poor, this can be a contributor to the problem as well.

education

Within our community there is still a high rate of a lack of education. I am not just talking about going to school education. I am also referring to the literacy when looking at money. Because in order to remove yourself from poverty you have to clean your mind and reintroduce new information. And from there. build for years off the new information until you get to the next level. And having financial literacy will aid you trying to build toward something stable. Interestingly enough, you will not learn that in college. It comes with years of at times making mistakes until you get the hang of it.


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FINANCIALLY IRRESPONSIBLE: WHY WHAT WE SPEND OUR MONEY ON SAY ABOUT US

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“Control your spending, don’t let spending control you.”


People and their financial problems is a constant conversation. And the question is how can people survive if they are spending more than they have. It’s simple, it’s called live within your means. Why are you spending so much money, assuming that it’s going to keep coming. And that assumption gets people into a lot of trouble when they finally do need the money. They assume it will keep coming, it stops, and they panic. And that’s when they start to think of all the bad purchases they made. It sinks into their head they have made so many bad decisions, but by that point it’s far too late. So what are some bad purchases?

For starters, a vehicle may not be a necessary purchase for some people. If you live in a metropolitan city, or close to one, it may in your best interest to utilize public transportation. Buying a car may be in the best interest for you. And if you do decide to go ahead and buy that car, please make sure you can afford the Grey Mercedes Benz Steering Wheelcar. Far too many people buy cars that they cannot afford. Now you have a monthly payment on a car that is too high to own. You make $45,000 per year and drive a car that cost $60,000. Why are you driving a car that cost more than you make. What does this say about a person? These type of people need validation from other people.

So when you need validation based on your car, you live outside of your means. Another purchase that is exposing is the amount of money people spend on clothes and accessories. These purchases people make by going into a store because they assume they’ll get a check in two weeks. They thinkadult, bags, brick wall to themselves, “I have enough for rent, utilities, food, and transportation,
not to mention all my personals I already have at home.” So they go to the store and buy clothing. This may be a big mistake because you shouldn’t buy items because you have covered the cost of bills. You buy an item when you need something, or truly want something. But so many people are these impulse buyers. They create a need for something, buy it, and regret it later on.

Impulse people are scary with money because they usually buy because that new feeling is such a good feeling. It doesn’t even matter if it’s a t-shirt on sale for $10, they buy it. Just the good feeling of buying something new and
carrying that bag up the street. It’s almost as if they have this feeling of adult, beautiful, elegantaccomplishment by buying something new. But that feeling quickly wears off in a day or so. Then, they are out, scouting stores and looking for that next purchase. And these impulse people mirror the lives of drug addicts. And coincidentally enough, these are people with bad shopping habits.

And addiction says more about the person as well. They are not only seeking validation, but there is a void in the person’s life. Yet shopping for you is not the only problem. When you’re spending is now on other people that can be just as problematic. We might indulge on the people around us as well. And of course, they’re not going to say much. What family member Black Calculator Near Ballpoint Pen on White Printed Paperof friend will say slow down. They’re just on for the ride, not thinking about tomorrow either. And why not, it’s not like it’s their money being spent. In the end, having our finances out of balance have long term consequences. It can effect our ability to buy homes or even later, assists our kids with furthering their education. So get your finances under control before you’re controlled by your finances.


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