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!

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Begin your Road to Wealth!

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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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EASY WAY TO GET MONEY BACK EVERY MONTH

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Let’s save money even when we don’t think we are. If you do a considerable amount of online shopping, all you have to do, do not delete your emails. Deleting your emails might be costing you money.

There is a tool out there that gets you money back when you purchase online. It’s free to sign up. When you sign up, it will scan your email for any receipts that you may have. It will monitor if you purchased something from one of its retailers (Target, Kohl’s, GAP, Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon and more), it will track the item’s price and it will get you a refund when the price drops.

Paribus is the way to go.

Even better, if your shipment shows up late, it will help you get compensated.

Need to find a deal last minute? Go to the deals tab and find the recent top drops!

While you are at it, you can check what else you can be saving on! (wink, wink, more deals and discounts)

Stop deleting your emails, stop trying digging up some extra cash and stop worrying you didn’t find a great deal. Paribus will do it for you even when you are not looking for it.

Just shop online like you normally would but don’t delete your email receipt.

Try it first, I assure you that you will like it so much, that you will share the love with your friends on facebook.

Hope it helps.

Remember, it’s all about the road to wealth and using tools to help you get money back is a way to go. 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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SAVE THOUSANDS EVERY YEAR!

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How do you plan on becoming wealthy, when you spend too much when buying from retail stores at whatever price? If you come to think about it, what percentage of items are made in China? Did you know that you can take the middle guy out of the equation and get items delivered to your house at a much cheaper price? Of course you did, but maybe it is not the one you are thinking.

I will tell you what I do when I see an item I like. Go to my favorite site and look it up. No, it’s not Ebay or Amazon. Much less waste my gas going to the stores. I know you can find great deals at Walmart, Target, Home Depot, Walgreens, GameStop, etc. It’s actually much cheaper than those.

Wish.com is my site of choice. My family has saved thousands of dollars each year buying straight from Wish.

The site is simple to use, it gives you daily stamps and when you reach 7 days going into the app, it gives you a 5% to 15% discount to use on your next purchase.

It is almost limitless what you can find here. At much better prices. You can browse by popular, pickup, fashion, accessories, hobbies, tops, sports & outdoors, home decor, shoes, personal care, gadgets, automotive, tools and more. Also, use the search bar and type up exactly what you are looking for. And if you join right now you can get up to 50% discount in your first purchase.

How often do you find a dual USB charging charger station stand for Sony Playstation Free? Just pay shipping. Insane! Or you can go to Amazon and get it for $12.09 plus shipping. You get a little bit luckier at Ebay, but still costs $6.59 as the best offer.

Or tell me you can find an universal neoprene concealed carry IWB holster with a mag holster for $8. The cheapest you can find it at Amazon prime is $12 plus shipping. Again, Ebay is a bit cheaper at $10.11.

If you have any issues with the item, all you have to do is take a picture and send it to support. They will refund your whole amount within 24 hours. You can also request a refund when an item is not delivered on time, and if the item arrives after the fact that you got refunded, it’s yours free. That happened to me over Christmas. 😉

One last thing before I go to check out new items, my hands got itchy to buy some things I saved last week; I prefer to use Paypal as my payment system. You don’t have to but I like the security it provides.

There you have it. I saved thousands in 2018, and looking forward to save more going forward. Hope it helps.

Get your Wish.com account and start saving.

Remember, it’s all about the road to wealth and saving money when buying is one way to go. 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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EASIEST WAY TO SAVE AND INVEST AT THE SAME TIME

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I will teach you something today, that they don’t teach at school. Everyone has the power to not just save money, but also make that money work for yourself, instead of you working for money.

Just like Warren Buffet (net worth in the billions) said: “If you don’t find a way to make money while you sleep. You will work until you die”

If that sounds like something you would like to do, then you should consider opening an investment account through ACORNS.

ACORNS is an app that automatically rounds up your credit or debit card purchases to the nearest dollar, then invests your spare change.

How do you earn with ACORNS?

  • Market gains
  • Dividends
  • Found money (Earn cash-back when you buy online on your favorite store)

No need to start big. You can start small, with only $5 and set the “ROUND-UP” feature in order to stack up your change. Meaning if you spend $10.25 at the store, .75 cents get dropped into your Acorns account.

You decide between 5 different portfolios, ranging from very conservative to very aggressive, and you are set. Because after all, who has time to sit in front of a computer all day to try to pinpoint which direction the market is going to move on a given day. The app does all the investing for you.

The automatic savings stack up faster than you’d think. The sooner you start, the more money you could potentially make. For example, I opened my account on 7 JAN 2018. I was able to save at a rate that let me stash $479 for the year. (Yes, I put my money where my mouth is and got the first-hand experience)

At that rate, I could save close to $1,000 in about 2 years from spare change without even sweating it; and that does not account for your gains, which average interest-earning is around 7%.

While your account is worth less than $5,000, The app charges you a $1 fee each month. A lot better than your bank fees right now. Just for signing up, you get a $5 BONUS. If you invite 3 friends by the end of the month, Acorns will invest $100 in your account.

Oh, did I mentioned that your stock portfolios invest in dividend-paying stocks?

I love dividends, and when you invest in a dividend-paying stock, you are acquiring a portion of a company and they are giving you a portion of their profits. Who knew!

Then we move to the found money feature.

You get free money deposited into your account simply for shopping with your favorite brands through the Acorns app at NO extra charge to you.

Just to name a few: Adidas, AdvanceAutoParts, Ebay, GNC, Uber, Lyft, Forever 21, Sam’s Club, Groupon and hundreds more.

There are a lot more cool features, but I suggest you download ACORNS for yourself and see what it can do for you. This is the easiest and smarter way to invest and grow your money. And you thought everything was restricted to the few and wealthy elite.

Can you say passive income! ACORNS has developed an incredible, easy to use platform. As they say, every oak tree started as a simple oak. Grow your oak!

Begin your Road to Wealth!

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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