10 Random Money Questions

10 Random Questions To Ask Yourself About Money – Part 5

Welcome to the latest series on JosephSangl.com – 10 Random Questions To Ask Yourself About Money

These are 10 questions that have personally challenged me in my finances, and I know they can help you too!

Question 5  If I died today, would those who depend upon me be able to prosper?

Would your income be replaced?  Would your family know your final wishes?  Is there a written plan?

Here is a fundamental fact: You ARE going to die!

Unfortunately, some people die way too prematurely.  Since we all probably know of an instance where someone has experienced such a tragedy, it is wise and prudent to prepare appropriately.

A good plan includes:

  1. A great financial plan that includes a budget with savings, investing, and clear spending (ensures clarity)  (Click HERE to get our free budget tools)
  2. Life insurance (replaces your income)  (Click HERE to get free on-line quotes from US Insurance Online)
  3. A written will (provides your wishes)  (I like the on-line will forms that you can get at LegalZoom.com)

ACTION:  Review your financial plan and ensure that it includes each of the components above.  If an area is lacking, take steps to address IMMEDIATELY!

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10 Random Questions To Ask Yourself About Money – Part 4

Welcome to the latest series on JosephSangl.com – 10 Random Questions To Ask Yourself About Money

These are 10 questions that have personally challenged me in my finances, and I know they can help you too!

Question 4  How much money do I use each month to service debt?

Most people have no idea how much money TOTAL is being sent to lenders each month.  They know their car payment to the penny, of course, but they have never taken the time to add up all of the debt payments to understand their total debt payments.  For the average family, it is $500 – $1,250 per month in non-house debt payments and $1,250 – $2,000 (or more) in total debt payments.  The question that wrecked me was: “What else could I do with this money?

ACTION:  If you have debt, take a few minutes to add up all of your debt payments (car, truck, house, credit card, student loan, furniture, personal loan, etc.)   Ask yourself the critical question: “What else could you do with that money?

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10 Random Questions To Ask Yourself About Money – Part 3

Welcome to the latest series on JosephSangl.com – 10 Random Questions To Ask Yourself About Money

These are 10 questions that have personally challenged me in my finances, and I know they can help you too!

Question 3  Do I add value to my workplace?

This question can take one aback at first.  I have found that many people have never asked themselves this question, nor have they thought of their employment this way.  The fact is this: If we do not bring more value to our workplace than the amount of money our employer pays us, then we are not going to be employed long-term!

Here are just a few ways that employees add value:

  • Produce a product or deliver a service that the customer pays for
  • Sell products or services
  • Identify and deliver cost-saving opportunities for the company
  • Maintain accurate records and information such that wise decisions can be made based on clear information
  • Negotiate agreements with suppliers that result in savings for both parties

Employees that can clearly substantiate their value to their employer have a much better opportunity for promotions and pay increases – which can help the budget substantially!

ACTION: Take a few moments to write down the ways that you bring value to your employer.  Do your best to write down the actual value where possible.

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10 Random Questions To Ask Yourself About Money – Part 2

Welcome to the latest series on JosephSangl.com – 10 Random Questions To Ask Yourself About Money

These are 10 questions that have personally challenged me in my finances, and I know they can help you too!

Question 2  Do I go to work just for a paycheck, or am I doing what I LOVE to do?

Life is too short to spend just working for a paycheck.  If you are just working for a paycheck, don’t quit today, but start taking the necessary actions to change your life in the future.

Here are some things I did to ensure I could pursue my dreams:

  1. I went to college and got Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (from my beloved Purdue University!)
  2. After working for a couple of years and realizing that engineering was not what I wanted to do the rest of my life, I went to Clemson University and obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration
  3. I sought out opportunities to work in areas of companies that allowed me flexibility to grow my skills – leadership, technical, social, and business skills.
  4. My bride and I became debt-free (except for the house) and this gave us financial margin to pursue a dream

NONE of these decisions were EASY.  NONE of them were free.  I paid ENORMOUS amounts of money and time to pursue these dreams.  As a result, I am able to do what I love to do.

Here’s the TRUTH:  You can do this too!

ACTION:  Identify the key steps you need to accomplish to pursue your dreams – WRITE THEM DOWN – and then develop a plan to accomplish them.

Every race starts with one step.

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10 Random Questions To Ask Yourself About Money

Welcome to the latest series on JosephSangl.com – 10 Random Questions To Ask Yourself About Money

These are 10 questions that have personally challenged me in my finances, and I know they can help you too!

Question 1  Do I really need everything that I pay for every month?

Many people have signed up for a service in the past that they no longer use.  In fact, many people have monthly charges that they do not even realize they are paying because it is embedded in their credit card bill or telephone bill.  For others, it is a gym membership they no longer use.  You might even be paying insurance premiums for a vehicle, boat, or motorcycle that you have sold, but failed to stop coverage.

ACTION: Take a few minutes when you are doing your bills this month and review your bills for any recurring fees.

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