READ THIS BEFORE YOU SAVE YOUR FIRST $50,000

By Joey Ortiz

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Who we turn out to be in life, depends greatly on our early life experiences. It shapes us as a person and our personalities.

That also holds true for the experiences we have with money as a young person. It could seriously shape our whole mental outlook on finances and how we go about getting it.

I’ve always been really good at saving money. But I saved in order to buy stuff that I wanted. No one, in my family, trade in the markets, or own Real Estate or have their own business.

With no entrepreneurs in the family, it is a trait that I couldn’t learn or follow. I followed the same path as everyone else around me. I grew up in a middle-class family with high morals and values, big in sports, but mediocre in financial education.

Now, in my 30’s, my eyes have been opened to a new lifestyle. The best thing is, that lifestyle is reachable. I just have to work a little bit harder than someone younger. But I’m setting myself apart from everyone else to include family, friends, and peers.

When I say a new lifestyle, I don’t mean filthy rich and do nothing. What I mean is, a life where I can work and do what I like at the same time that my money saved is also working for me, growing and making my life easier. I don’t have to wait until retirement to enjoy it. I can use mini-retirement vacations every year and enjoy life while I’m still healthy and able to do so. Waiting until my 60’s to enjoy my money doesn’t make sense to me. How do I know if I’m still going to have good health then?

With that said, I started reading away more books about money and investing in the last 2 years than ever before in my life. (For reading books faster, read until the end).

No doubt in my mind those books changed my way of thinking about money forever. They are shaping my financial self, and they are leaving me with a nice positive cash flow which helps me cover my monthly bills and then some. Which makes me envision even bigger money goals aiming to not just help myself but my immediate family as well.

I encourage everyone to read them if you haven’t done so yet. They will transform the way you think about money and will definitely help you increase your wealth.

These are the most important books I read which have helped me save and invest my first $50,000 in only 2 years. To me, this is a milestone that could have not been possible if not for the part played by the knowledge inside. Of all those books, the ones that have stood out the most to me are the ones that follow.

1. The Millionaire Next Door

This book unmasked the typical “Millionaire” on the streets. The ones that have a lifestyle that is funded by debt and can barely find any money to spare. The authors realized that most of the millionaires in this country live just like the rest of us.

They are (PAW) or prodigious accumulator of wealth. The ones that have the lifestyle but not the income to support it are (UAW) under accumulator of wealth. Most people are (AAW) average accumulator of wealth.

You will also find in this book a simple net worth/wealth formula that will reveal to you where you stand by your age, not your peers or neighbors.

It was the first book to open my eyes to frugality, but not living like a poor person, just not wasting money in excess.

2. The Intelligent Investor

Warren Buffet (The Oracle from Omaha) is hands down the best investor in history. The wealth that he has amassed is in the billions. He calls this book, “By far the best book on investing ever written”. Coming from the best investor in history, I take that as the highest praise anyone can get.

If you ever wonder how to analyze stocks, this is your book. Benjamin Graham explains his strategy and the discipline it takes to become a smart investor.

3. Rich Dad Poor Dad

If you have not seen or heard about this book and Robert Kiyosaki, you are living under a rock. It is the best-selling personal finance book of all time! Read the last sentence again. No, seriously.

He made up his two dad’s, but the powerful lessons and inspiration in this book will make you start thinking like an investor and not a consumer.

A few things I learned:

– Not all debt is bad. You can get very wealthy if you understand debt and how to use it.

– First, buy assets that produce cash flow. Then, use that cash flow to fulfill your dreams and/or lifestyle.

– If you don’t invest in assets first, you will never get out of the rat race (slave away your life working until you die)

– Become your own boss. They believe if you are going to do it, go big or go home. But no need to jump with both feet. Personally, I’m starting small as a side job and building to the point where I won’t need my primary job anymore.

 If you want to start your own business or invest in rental properties, this is the book to read.

4. The ABCs of Real Estate Investing

Ken McElroy who is part of the Rich Dad brand (Robert Kiyosaki) wrote this book. As a mini summary, what you need to focus on is finding the right deal where you can make money off of it.

He goes over Real Estate Myths: Need a personal fortune, need to start small, or you have to be a Real Estate genius before you can get started.

If you work hard to study the markets and properties, evaluate the real income and expenses properly and improve operations, R.E. investing lets you sleep well at night all while building your massive wealth.

5. Tax-Free Wealth

Tom Wheelwright is a CPA who is also part of the Rich Dad brand, wrote this book about tax planning concepts.

He explains how to use your countries’ tax laws to your benefit. How tax laws work. And how they are designed to reduce your taxes, not to increase your taxes.

Once you understand the basic principles of tax reduction, you can begin reducing your taxes and in the future how to eliminate your taxes completely just like President Donald J Trump and Rich Dad’s own Robert Kiyosaki. You will no longer be afraid of taxes again.  

6. The 4 Hour Workweek

Timothy Ferris wrote this amazing book which gives you examples on how to properly be more effective and efficient at work and in life. He’ll explain the difference between the two.

How to build systems that can be automated. The cash flow will keep flowing in, and you will work less and less as you start removing yourself as a bottleneck of information.

Little tips and tricks on how to technically become an expert in whatever you choose to work on in very little time.

Learn to delegate tasks and get more done on a daily basis. It doesn’t matter if you are a business owner, any type of entrepreneur, CEO, floor manager, store manager, or whatever, as long as you have individuals that work under you, you should get this book.

Your productiveness will go through the roof. And your wealth too.

7. Cashflow Quadrant

This is another of Robert Kiyosaki’s books. This one, in simple words, is about taxes.

Yawn! Right? Well, no, hang tight, you will definitely want to read it. You will learn the difference between the four types of individuals there are in the world and why some pay a lot of taxes while others pay the minimum or none at all.

The tax benefits you can get if you do things that the government wants you to do like research, create jobs, places for living, and many other things, you will probably want to give it a try and stop giving the government half your money back in taxes as an employee.

8. Unshakeable

Tony Robbins shares tips from different financial gurus like Warren Buffet (The Oracle of Omaha), Alan Greenspan (Federal Reserve USA 1987-2006) and David F. Swensen (Investor, Fund Manager).

He explains the rules of the game, key players and their agenda, and how the average person (you and me) can ride the financial storm to build your financial freedom.

Being “Unshakeable” means that no matter what happens to the economy, you will have more than enough for yourself, your loved ones and your contributions. In other words, financially secure.

If you don’t want to be misinformed, ignorant and/or in fear of the financial markets, you must know the rules. Get this book.

WHAT NOW?

Well, there are plenty of more books but we will be here all month long. I will write about them later. But this is where I started and I can’t tell you in this article how my life changed after this. I’m fully invested in the stock market and currently taking Real Estate classes. I already set my goal to acquire my first Real Estate Investment within the next 15 months. Building my investing team and learning the game for now, but when the time comes, watch out!

READ BOOKS 10X FASTER

I just recently wrote an article where I explained how to make David and Zira read your pdf books for you and for free. If you are reading out of your computer in pdf format, they will read it to you. Check it out.

Begin your Road to Wealth!

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HOW TO MAKE DAVID OR ZIRA READ PDF BOOKS TO YOU FOR FREE!

By Joey Ortiz

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Reading

For some reason, for many, reading is not interesting. Almost as if it were their kryptonite. However, reading is where knowledge is hidden.

That’s why they force you to read at school. For you to learn.

On second thought, I think that is why many do not like to read. They made them read so many books that were not interesting, that they lost the magic and interest in reading.

If you are like me, you read the same paragraph several times. Again and again, because I get lost, get distracted by flies, or I just don’t understand something.

On average, it takes me a month to read a book of 250-350 pages. Some 10-15 pages per day before bedtime. Nor do I try hard to finish faster or read more pages per day. How great would it be for someone to read me the book?

The solution

Today, you can have your book of interest read to you, whenever you want, wherever you want and for free. That is great! How far society and technology have come! Is incredible.

It sounds even hostile, but it isn’t in the least. David and Zira are willing to read your book whenever and wherever you want. And for free. Because they are robots.

They are a reading system that many people do not know exists in pdf books and documents.

How it works

It does not work with pdf documents created by an image.

It works perfectly with pdf documents created by a text source (Microsoft Word or other word processing programs).

How to customize it

First, you must open the pdf book, and you will program it to your liking.

Click on Edit at the top, in the submenu, scroll down to preference.

In the box that opens (categories), click on reading.

You will see that as in the photo, you have the option to customize your reader.

Reading order: Left to right, top to bottom

Volume: adjust as required

Voice: Your two options are:

          Microsoft David Desktop (Male)

          Microsoft Zira Desktop (Female)

Pitch: adjust as needed between 1-10

Words per minute: this is how fast you want the document read. I am using 175.

Too fast can be difficult to hear and/or understand. Too slow may sound unnatural and saddle you to death. Find that sweet spot where you can have the best of both worlds; you are able to listen/understand and it keeps you awake, attentive and engaged.

Click Ok.

How to activate it

Now we move on to the part everyone wants to learn. For the less tech-savvy, we will do the step by step doing all the clicks. In the next part, I will give you the codes for those who like to use shortcuts.

Find the place where you want the reading to begin.

Click on the first word.

Now, at the top, click on View, then all the way to the bottom of the submenu, hover your mouse over Read Out Loud and click on Activate Read Out Loud.

* This is not going to start the reading, you are just activating the pdf.

Click on View again, hover the mouse over Read Out Loud, and you have two options here: 1. read this page only, 2. read to end of document.

Usually, most will choose to read until the end of the document.

Note that in the same process, View Read Out Loud – you also have the options to pause and/or resume the reading or stop reading completely.

Shortcuts

SHIFT + CONTROL + Y = ACTIVATE READ OUT LOUD

SHIFT + CONTROL + V = READ THIS PAGE ONLY

SHIFT + CONTROL + B = READ TO END OF DOCUMENT

SHIFT + CONTROL + C = PAUSE OR RESUME

SHIFT + CONTROL + E = STOP

Test drive

Some of my favorite books are:

The Millionaire Next Door (Personal growth / Finance)

The Intelligent Investor (Stocks, money, investing)

Tax-Free Wealth (Tax loopholes)

The ABCs of Real Estate Investing (Real Estate)

Before You Quit Your Job (Entrepreneurship, Financial IQ)

Retire Young Retire Rich (Money, Finances, Investing)

Conclusion

For many, this information will be of great help. Unfortunately, too many people today have no knowledge about this breakthrough, which can be exploited in our favor. I started a book 3 days ago using this method and I’m already on page 148. Pausing to summarize and everything. I will finish it in 6 days. Now, that is a breakthrough for me.

I hope it helps. Enjoy!

Begin your Road to Wealth! By reading more books in half the time.

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10 EASY WAYS YOU CAN EARN PASSIVE INCOME EACH MONTH

“Every day you have the chance to build your day better” – Alex Saenz

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Welcome back, Friends! Yes, I consider you all my friends. Why else would I be trying to help you make money?

Do you know what makes us closer? It is our goal. We all have the same goal to become rich, not just look rich. And here, I will show you how I went about to reach my goal. I personally own every single one of these accounts. Managed by me and now published to you all, so you can take advantage of it too.

Always looking to do better in life, my parents did a great job raising me, but never had anyone to really guide me in the right direction to reach my goal as a millionaire. Until one day it clicked for me! Each person has its strengths and weaknesses. So, what if I learn what each successful, wealthy person I meet, do good? Oh yeah! The results are amazing. We will start from the most profitable to the least, but don’t get that word wrong here; “least” still makes easy $30-$60 every month and I only spend about 5-6 hours each month on it. There more time you give it, the better results you will get.

Let’s get started!

1. Earn 3-8% with minimal effort

Stop paying more in monthly fees than what you receive on interest. Become the bank and earn interest each month on your money. Just like banks, we will use one of the oldest ways to earn passive income. Through LendingClub.

Historical interest earnings are 3-8%, although there are ways to weed out possible bad loans. I like to put my probabilities on my side.

My risk or the most I can lose if anything goes wrong is $25. My profits are much bigger than that.

So far, my readers that have the best results, are the ones that started with $5,0000 because they also get a $75 dollar bonus. That translates to 3 free loans that will earn you money and you didn’t spend a dime on them. Obviously, you don’t need to start with that amount, $2,500 is what the platform suggests be ideal in order to diversify.

Some restrictions apply. Get your account here.

2. Invest and get Free Stocks

I opened an account with this platform that is disrupting the brokerage industry by offering commission-free trading and one free stock when you open an account.

Robinhood is a U.S. based financial services company in Menlo Park, California. I make money in 3 different ways with them.

* Bought dividend-paying stocks

* Capital gains

* Free stocks every time my friends join

It is a very basic platform, but it beats the purpose if you are like me. With a full-time job and no time during the day to trade in and out. Slowly but steady wins the race.

Get your account here.

3. Grow your oak!

With this app, I effortlessly saved $479 in 2018, profit with capital gains and dividends. Today, my account seats at $669. Not just that, but if you buy through the app at your favorite brands, you get free money deposited into your account.

Acorns is a very simple app to use and set up. It lets you save, invest, generate passive income and get cashback, all in one place.

Invest as little as $5 every month, get your round-up feature set up with your credit or debit card and get a $5 Bonus when you sign up.

Get your account here.

4. Get paid to test apps

You already use apps on your Smartphone. Now, you can also get paid to try new apps.

Appcoiner connects you with companies developing apps.

It costs thousands of dollars for app developers just to see their app fall to the bottom of the app world and never be heard of. They are willing to pay people like you, for trying out their apps and giving back an honest review. As simple as that!

Get your account here.

5. Become a Landlord without the hassle

Technology can help you in tremendous ways. Today, you can become a landlord, and benefit from investing in real estate without needing hundreds or thousands of dollars. A small $500 investment can get you started.

Fundrise is a platform for real-estate investing, that splits your money between two portfolios that support private real estate in the United States.

You can set it up for income, capital gains or a mix of both. Get paid from renters all over the U.S.

Get your account here.

6. Unlock your phone and get paid

Every morning, I get paid to unlock my phone. This app partners up with brands willing to pay people like you and me, to look at their ads.

S’more is the name of the app, and it sounds very tasty.

You can make extra money by watching short 15-30 seconds of ads and doing surveys. Totally optional.

Get your app here.

7. Bank $90 for holiday shopping

One of my readers’ favorite and mine also. It has a wide variety of ways to make money.

Swagbucks will let you earn by watching videos, answering surveys, doing daily tasks, searching the web and many other ways.

Get a $5 bonus when you sign up and earn 2,500 SB within your first 60 days.

Get your cash into your paypal account or redeem it with a gift card. The choice is yours.

Get your account here.

8. Keep walking Johnnie Walker

This app is aiming to help improve health by paying people to walk outside more often.

Sweatcoin is an app that lets you gain money daily depending on how much walking you do. It has different levels and daily bonuses. Super easy and super simple. Get paid for walking.

Get your app here.

9. Scratch and win money from your phone

What is more satisfying than buying a scratch-off ticket at the gas station and winning? Well, playing scratch-off for free on your phone and winning!

You can play and earn for free with Lucktastic (sorry iPhoners, Android only).

Lucktastic is supported by advertising, allowing high payouts and free games. They say instant wins range from $1 to $10,000. Besides cash, there are also tokens that you earn and you can redeem free gift cards from big retailers.

Get your app here.

10. Get paid for your opinion

This app pays you to watch movie previews, celebrity videos, the latest news, searching the web but mostly answering surveys. They also have other ways to earn money but we cover that in another article.

Inboxdollars is the app we use. Availability is subject to change but it is completely possible to earn up to $200 a month from watching videos and giving your opinion.

I don’t have much time to spend on this, due to work and other projects I’m currently working on and still was able to pull $43 for January and $65 for February. Imagine what you can do if you have the time.

Easy, passive income from home.

Get your app here.

Well, there you have it. 10 easy ways you can earn passive income each month. I hope it helps.

Remember, it’s all about the road to wealth. If you liked it, pay it forward. Share it on social media and help others become successful as well. There is plenty of room for all of us. In the end, your success will only depend on you and not what others do.

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YOUR ULTIMATE GUIDE TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM YOU WILL EVER NEED

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Let’s learn how to take control of our financial freedom today. Use the exact same blueprint I used for my financial freedom.

WHAT IS THE BEST MONEY MAKING APPROACH?

There are thousands’ of money making models out there, so I guess you are here to see which of them is the best fit for you. If you need someone with a financial background, like a B.A. in Accounting, you get one here, for free. I’ve been trying different approaches at growing my money in order to not depend solely on my job; especially after retirement.

I learned that the average millionaire has 7 to 8 sources of income. Following on their footsteps, I have become financially free. What I mean by free is, my passive income is making me an amount of money which surpasses my expenses.

DO YOU NEED A BACHELORS IN FINANCE TO DO THIS?

Now remember, it was not done in a month or two. It took some work, sacrifices, discipline and time. It takes money to make money, right?

HOW DID I DO IT?

1. Automate your savings and grow them at the same time

First thing I did was opening a savings account that will help me grow my money over time. It has an easy set up and it is one of those set it and forget it type of models. Just let it compound over the years.

It has several features:

A. Saves your money automatically by rounding up your debit/credit card to the next dollar. When it hits $5, it transfers it out from your checking account into the app account. Then the next feature takes place…

B. The money that you just saved will automatically be invested in the stock market. You can choose if you want to be more heavily invested in stocks, bonds or a mix of both. This step needs to be done only once. It will automatically do it for you after first time set up. Also receive dividends from the stocks you hold.

C. Found money feature lets you buy at your favorite brands and stores through the app and they will give you cash back or reinvest into your account.

Get your ACORNS account.

2. Easy source of income with Real Estate

Then I saved $500 to open an account where I can get some exposition to Real Estate. The reason why I prefer to do it digitally is because I became a landlord without the hassle.

For this type of investment I have a longer time horizon, meaning years. I’m planning on getting money out after I retire, not before. And since Real Estate takes it’s time to develop, I will take my time to let it panned out.

The $500 will get you in with the Starter Portfolio where you can split your money between two portfolios. In order to start using all the features available you need to save $1,000 to reach the next level called Core. By all means you can start here if you have the money available.

After reaching Core level you choose between 3 investment plans…

Supplemental Income

  • Aim to earn returns via quarterly dividends, with less appreciation.
  • Invest in an income-oriented real estate private equity strategy
  • Portfolio allocated primarily to debt real estate assets

Balanced Investing

  • Aim to earn returns via a blend of dividends and appreciation
  • Invest in a balanced mix of income and growth strategies
  • Portfolio allocated across both debt and equity real estate assets

Long Term Growth

  • Aim to earn returns via appreciation in share value, with fewer dividends
  • Invest in a growth-oriented real estate private equity strategy
  • Portfolio allocated more towardequity real estate assets

If you want to get into Real Estate, FUNDRISE is your way to go.

3. Be the Bank

Just as Real Estate has stood the test of time, so have Loans. With this advance in technology now you can become the bank, lend $25 per loan and get paid.

The downside here is you need money to open this account. If you want just the basic stuff you need $1,000 to be exact; although they recommend you begin with $2,500 in order to mitigate risk of losing. If you want to get free notes with full features and $75 bonus, then you need to save $5,000.

Now to the good part. They claim historical returns over the long term is 3%-8% but as you can see on the picture below, I’m currently at 11.55%. If you open an account shoot me an email and I will show you a few tricks to weed out bad investments. Free of charge of course.

LENDINGCLUB is your pass to play the Bank, but with real money, getting paid for real; not Monopoly money.

Note: Currently only residents of the following States may invest in LENDINGCLUB notes: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OK, OR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, or WY.

4. Build a wealth mindset

Ever dreamed of becoming a trader and making money on the markets? Today is your lucky day because you can open your account, and receive a free stock like Sprint, Apple, Microsoft or many others.

The simplest way you can do this is by buying dividend paying stocks. I suggest you take a look at this list.

Great Dividend Stocks include stocks with both consistent multi-year dividend growth and steady price appreciation.

Dividend Achievers are stocks that trade on the NYSE  or NASDAQ and have increased its annual dividend for at least 10 years or more.

Dividend Aristocrats, are stocks that have increased its annual dividend for 25 years or more.

Dividend Kings are stocks that have increased its annual dividend for 50 years or more.

You can buy some of this stocks and know that price will increase over time but almost surely your dividend will increase yearly. Giving you bigger payouts.

Get your ROBINHOOD account today.

5. Extra Income

The following accounts I don’t use to build wealth but to get some extra cash every month. They are similar but offer many options when it comes to receiving your money.

SWAGBUCKS will pay you for giving your opinion on surveys, watching videos, and a wide variety of other ways.

INBOXDOLLARS will also pay you for giving your opinion on surveys, watching videos, and many other ways.

LUCKTASTIC is the modern way to play Lottery by scratching digital tickets. You can win cash, gift cards or tokens.

6. Fix your credit score

If you want to become wealthy, one way you need to get started is by improving your credit score. Credit Sesame will give you tips by email to help you get where you need to be.

7. Save, get cash back and much more…

Ease on your pocket by getting the best you can in Car insurance. Gabi will compare your current insurance and will find you if any other Insurance Company is offering the same insurance at a lower price.

Get offers, save and get cash back in your groceries. It is a great way to stay in budget and keep your fridge full. Ibotta will give you this and much more. Give it a try.

Paribus is a program that will scan your emails and get you cash back when the item you bought drops in price. It also gets you compensated when your shipment is late. Don’t delete your emails anymore and rip the benefits of this program.

MY RATING SYSTEM

I give ratings to my investments from 0 to 10. Main variables are:

* Ease of set up

* Ability to make money

* Consistency

* Price

* Special features

ACORNS 9/10 (only downside is if the market sells off, although we know it will be temporarily, everything else is great)

FUNDRISE 9/10 (it is a slow investment, need patience but it’s totally worth it)

LENDINGCLUB 9/10 (only hurdle is the amount of money to get started, once you get over that hurdle you will not stop smiling)

ROBINHOOD 8/10 (super simple platform, need more features if you plan to day trade)

SWAGBUCKS 7/10 (need time for surveys, you can let videos run in the background)

INBOXDOLLARS 7/10 (need time for surveys, you can let videos run in the background)

LUCKTASTIC 6/10 (at least for me the cash prices have been low, although I read about others making $100, maybe I’m not lucky enough, lol)

CREDIT SESAME 10/10 (everything you need to improve your credit score you can find here)

GABI 10/10 (super easy to do and save me over $900 for the year by switching to the new insurance company)

IBOTTA 9/10 (easy to use and offers many options)

PARIBUS 10/10 (easy set up and you have to do nothing but wait)

CONCLUSIONS

Hopefully, you’ve already put an eye on a money making technique that you liked. If you are still unsure, start from the simplest techniques and move up. I recommend you open an account for each type of approach. They are uncorrelated and that will help you grow faster when the cycle comes around. Like the Chinese saying goes “the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is today”. Today is your day to plant your tree.

Hope it helps! Leave your comment below.

Remember, it’s all about the road to wealth. If you liked it, pay it forward. Don’t forget to share it in social media and help others become successful as well. There is plenty of room for all of us. In the end, your success will only depend on you and not what others do.

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WIN MONEY FROM YOUR PHONE

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We need several things to become wealthy. Discipline, hard work, knowledge, drive and motivation, and to certain extent, Luck. Today we are going to relax at home and make some money from our phones; and have some fun while we are at it.

What is more satisfying than buying a scratch-off ticket at the gas station and winning? Well, playing scratch-off for free on your phone and winning!

You can play and earn for free with Lucktastic (sorry iphoners, Android only).

Lucktastic is supported by advertising, allowing high payouts and free games. They say instant wins range from $1 to $10,000. Besides cash, there is also tokens that you earn and you can redeem free gift cards from big retailers or enter contests. Daily contests you can win gift cards, free groceries for a month, free gas for a month or become a millionaire with the millionaire contest.

You can also redeem your cash. Need $10 or above for a check. From $5 to $9.99 you can get an instant gift card. Or get a visa gift card with $100 or above. Get a bonus for inviting your friends.

Get you app here.

Remember, it’s all about the road to wealth. If you liked it, pay it forward. Share it in social media and help others become successful as well. There is plenty of room for all of us. In the end, your success will only depend on you and not what others do.

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HOW TO BUILD AN EASY, S.M.A.R.T. BUDGET

“Don’t underestimate the power of consistency and desire” – Unknown.

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My friends! We have a simple goal here, and the goal is to become rich, not just look rich. So, how do we get there? Well, you have to put your money to work for you. In order to do that, you need to ensure that every single cent that you receive as income has a job to do.

But Joey, what does that mean? It means that you have to prepare a plan, follow that plan and tweak it as necessary. If you still don’t understand or don’t know how to budget, don’t be ashamed. You are not alone!

What I learned from wealthy friends is, they know how much they will make, they know how much has to go towards paying the bills. They also know how much they want to save and invest. Finally, they know how much they will have for fun. Yes, when you prepare your budget, ensure to account for some fun and entertainment too.

Let’s begin with the basics. Before we draw our map, we need to understand what we are doing. We will definitely not learn this on Instagram or Twitter. You have several options. If you know Excel, you can do this a lot quicker than most since the formulas will help you automate the results. If you are not tech-savvy, then you can write it on paper and will probably need a calculator to plug in the numbers and results.

What is a S.M.A.R.T. budget? It is an easy acronym that helps you remember what is important when you are planning and preparing your budget.

Specific – you need to be specific with your financial goal and know what do you want to do with your money. That includes the short term (buying something now) and long term (plans for retirement).

Measurable – as you go, you want to see your progress. That is how you will know if you need to step it up or just keep going with the flow. It will also help you see if you overspent or underspent and where.

Achievable – In order for your budget to be successful, it needs to be achievable. If necessary, you can examine your budget at the end of the month to compare your projected numbers against your actual numbers. Make adjustments as you go and if necessary.

Realistic – you need to be honest. For example, you plan to spend $20 eating out at your favorite restaurants but you know you like to order Dominos, take friends or family to Burger King and pay for them, and end up at the Chinese buffet to end the week. Know your tendencies and patterns.

Time-oriented – In order to achieve your financial goals and meet your timeline, you need to break down the big goals into small steps that will gradually take you to where you want to be.

Now that you have a better understanding of what a SMART budget is, know that making your budget is just the first step. You need to keep planning. Discipline and perseverance will help you sustain it and improve it.

Few tricks to making a budget that works are:

* Ensure every penny of your income has a job to do. If you don’t account for every cent you make and don’t give it a job before you even receive it, that penny will find a place to land and most likely will not be where you want.

* Do not charge your credit cards more than you can afford. A big problem is that many of us use our credit cards when we already used up all of our cash. But we are wrong. The right way to use a credit card is having the funds available in your account. That way it won’t hurt you when it’s time to pay off your card. A rule you can use is the rule of 7. When you are tempted to buy something, wait 7 days. Then ask yourself again if you still want it. More than likely you won’t.

* Review your budget several times for adjustments. You want to have this budget ready before you get paid. Do not wait until you start paying your bills, or your money will have control over you instead of the other way around. It is essential that you sit down, review your budget and make adjustments. Stay on top of your game. The great MLB hitters are the ones that prepare for the pitcher they will face. They don’t wait until the pitcher is on the mount to ask for a scouting report.

* Know how much money you have at all times. Staying with the MLB analogy, life is great at throwing us curve balls. We need to know what we have in order to prepare for the unexpected things that happen every month.

* Always track your spending. Your rent, car loan, and some other bills rarely change. We know we won’t overspend there. But dining out, buying groceries, buying on vending machines at school or work can throw us off. By the way, get cashback and great offers in groceries with Ibotta. Just register for free and see how much you will save each month.

Without further ado, let’s see how a budget should look like. At the beginning of the month, we use projected numbers but at the end of the month we use actual numbers to know what adjustments are needed.

Let’s begin with:

Projected income:

All of your income, paycheck, wages or whatever and add any extra income you make, like answering surveys online, washing cars, paint houses, cut grass, etc.

Projected Housing expenses:

Mortgage / Rent, Phone, Electricity, Gas, Water and sewer, cable/internet, waste removal, maintenance or repairs, supplies, other

Projected Loans:

Personal loans, student loans, credit cards, etc.

Projected transportation expenses:

Vehicle payment, insurance, gas, maintenance, other.

Projected savings:

Savings will vary by individual needs. You can use a percentage of your income. If you choose that option, then do this step first before anything. Another option is to use a specific amount. Option three is taking an amount from what is left after paying all bills.

Projected entertainment:

Movies, concerts, sporting events, other.

Projected balance:

This is what you projected as your income and subtract all the expenses and savings. Ensure this number is positive. This is the amount that you will have left for your personal use or whatever you decide to spend it on.

Tools used to aid with budgeting:

Acorns – automated savings, investing and cashback rewards, rolled into one. Just $1 monthly fee. (full report)

Credit Sesame – raise your credit score and follow their tips. You will be able to get lower rates in future loans, hence pay less and save money. (full report)

Fundrise – easiest way to save and grow your money while becoming a landlord without the hassle. The best part is you can start with only $500. (full report)

Gabi – is a service that will help you find the lowest price you can find for your car insurance. I saved $936 when I switched. And it took me no more than 10 minutes. (full report)

Ibotta – Save on groceries, get offers and rewards every week. Bonuses and cashback. (full report)

Inboxdollars – watch videos, answer surveys, search the web, get paid, transfer to your paypal account. I use it for extra income (full report)

Lucktastic – extra income, scratch digital lottery tickets, join different contests to win free groceries, free gas, or cash. (full report)

Swagbucks – extra income, get paid to watch videos, search the web, answer surveys and much, much more. (full report)

LendingClub – is my number one (#1) choice to save, and grow your money substantially. But, it is restricted to the United States and some states can’t invest either. Cross your fingers your state is in and not out. Also, you will need some money saved to begin. In order to get all the bonuses, you need to begin with $5,000. If you don’t want the bonuses, it is recommended you begin with half of that. (full report)

Paribus – will verify your emails, keep track of the price you paid for items and get your money back when the item’s price drops. Also, can get you compensated when your shipment is late. Everything while you sleep or go about your day. (full report)

Robinhood – my number one platform for trading. Commission-free and simple. Plus get a free stock like Amazon or Coca Cola when you sign up. (full report)

S’more – easy extra income, download to your phone, get paid every morning when you unlock your phone. Get extra points when you watch videos or complete surveys. Redeem prices. (full report)

Sweatcoin – more extra income, download to your phone, get paid to walk outside your house or building. The idea is to give incentives to individuals while helping them to get or stay in shape. (full report)

Truebill – save on monthly bills and stop overpaying for them too. This app will search for refunds and it will also negotiate on your behalf to get better deals. (full report)

Wish.com – Is my favorite site to buy items coming from China, cutting the middle man out of the picture. Cheaper than eBay, Amazon, Walmart, you name it. Use code: PJXXZYH (full report)

I will leave you with a picture so you know what it needs to look like. At the beginning of the month is going to be projected, but ensure that you keep track of your numbers throughout the month and do it again at the end of the month with your actual numbers. That is how you know, what type of adjustments you have to make. Also, modify it as necessary. Everyone’s circumstances are different.

I hope it helps! Leave your comment below.

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