One of the pitfalls of life is that in order to enjoy yourself when you’re older, you often have to work harder, and give up many things, when you’re younger in order to achieve that.
However, that doesn’t have to happen if you’re able to switch your mindset, learn to appreciate what you do have, and take steps to ensure that you won’t have any later regrets.
Some people, perhaps yourself included, believe that the best things in life are those things you can experience. However, not all of those experiences need to come with such a hefty price tag. If you take the time to learn how to live on less and truly embrace those things in life that matter the most, you’ll be much happier for it.
In other words, if you learn that materialism doesn’t gain true satisfaction, it’s great that you learned that earlier, and not later in life. You’ll have fewer regrets that way.
Sometimes people save money without really putting any thought into it. What’s there is there, end of story. However, this can get you in trouble later on in life when you realize that it wasn’t quite enough.
Take the steps needed to plan properly and it can literally pay off in the end—and you’ll most likely work less overall for making that initial effort.
It’s a cold hard truth that the more you save, the more you earn—so you need to save. Think of it this way. If you aim to save 10% of your income today and then increase that to 30% next time, and only achieve 23%–that’s okay.
It’s still more than you were saving more, and each additional dollar you save up is key to eventually reaching true financial independence.
Saving money is great, but putting that money into long-term investments is even greater. You might be tempted to jump on hot stocks, but long-term investment is generally much safer than short-term.
In other words, it is financially smarter to focus on your long-term goals instead and avoid taking excess risks.
When times get tough, you might be tempted to dip into your retirement fund to help you get by. However, that can potentially take years away from your hard-earned efforts, and you’ll have to pay for those years later on when you lose the ability to keep working for more.
Use your current time and age wisely so that your older self can benefit later.