The United States economy, as everyone well knows, is experiencing a correction. They say when Wall Street sneezes other markets catch cold. Google advertising has gone flat (still strong, but not growing, which sent the stock value plunging $250 per share) and people are charging less to their credit cards. Some see this as a crisis for a consumer economy driven by fear and greed. Others see wisdom and veiled hope as consumers think twice before opening our wallets. Imagine an entire country rediscovering the notion of personal responsibility….
Wanna survive a financial crunch? I offer three rules and three links for consideration as Personal Finance 101. We’ve tried our best to live by these rules during 22 years of marriage and they have served us well:
Rule #1. God owns it all.
Rule #2. Spend less than you earn. Over time you will be able to do most of what you want to do in life.
Rule #3. Divide your monthly income into three parts:
a. Give at least 10%. (Pay God first).
b. Save at least 10%. (Pay yourself next).
c. Plan to enjoy life on what remains.
Self-leadership lesson: Live by the rules.