Finance And Lifestyle – Are They Interlinked?
When it comes to lifestyle, many debates spark up. Many people have their own idea of what lifestyle really is. But it is clear that finance and lifestyle need to co-exist in some form.
In order for you to afford a certain lifestyle, you need to be in the right financial standing. If your lifestyle consists of buying the latest fashion, then it is clear that you have or should have a certain amount of money. If you don’t have enough money to maintain this lifestyle, then you need to stop spending the money.
If you have a vision of what your ideal lifestyle should be, then it is time you made your finances fit that reality. No amount of dreaming will make things come true. There has to be some form of practicality also, as money can go and debt can rise.
Do not assume that a certain lifestyle is adequate for you just because the magazines tell you so. The first thing to do is to take a look at your finances and see if they will be able to support the lifestyle depicted by the magazine or your friends.
The common mistake that most people make is that they think they have more money than they actually have. So they spend more on their ideal lifestyle just because it is a status symbol.
The philosophy is this: if they see that I am wearing so and so or driving such and such a car, then they will not see that my finances are in the red. Finance is the first thing you need to consider when you opt for a certain lifestyle.
You will only look silly if your financial situation deteriorates so badly that your house gets repossessed and you have to file for bankruptcy. Live within your means and your finance and lifestyle will be able to take care of each other.
Written by: Brad J. Tamitnowson