The most important action that helped me achieve financial freedom was preparing an INCOME – OUTGO = EXACTLY ZERO budget.
The simple act of sitting down with my bride and planning our spending for the upcoming month is what allowed us to become debt-free in just 14 months and has allowed us to fund tons of dreams like giving a ton of money away and saving money for college, retirement, and vacations.
Every single time that we sit down with an individual or couple in a financial counseling appointment, we work with them to prepare a budget. For most, it is the first time in their lives that they have planned their spending out to the very last dollar. When I meet with many of the counselees a few months later, I discover that they have failed to prepare another budget since the time that they left our last meeting – and, guess what, they have not been able to maximize their money.
It makes me want to ask the AWESOME readers of JosephSangl.com these two questions:
- How often do you prepare/update your spending plan?
- How well is your plan working?
Let the conversation begin!