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7 reasons why you need community in transforming your finances this year

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Are you having issues in managing your finances such as saving, investing and even getting out from poor spending habits? How about having a hard time making your last year’s resolutions become a reality, such as I will save more and spend less?  There are a lot of people who get scammedso easily because they kept on doing it themselves. I remember an African proverb that says “if you want to go fast, do it alone but if you want to go far, go with others.” We, as human beings tend to seek out friends who match our core values. If you want to transform your finances this coming year never forget the following reasons you need to be a part of the right community.
They expand your vision– Research shows that this group of people will help you to see things differently. When you are starting to manage your finances you would like to set your mind to success because that is primarily end goal. You should win without any shadow of doubt but if you will be with a person who doesn’t see success happening in their lives absolutely you will fail. If you want to see great results, you need to act differently and be with the people who are ahead of the game, success is different to everyone but to be with the same boat with the achiever’s who can see the future is essential. 
They can help you find your personal finance hero – You already made a decision to change the pace of your saving and investing, you also developed a goal how to tame your spendingand have an idea where you are now however you don’t know how to get there. The right community has plenty to offer such as mentoring and leadership. When you are ready to learn something new then look for someone who can walk the talk. As you develop your relationships with them you will get an effective strategies when it comes to investing that can give you advantage among others. 
They give you a sense of support – You are down and trouble making the right decisions. Are you going to buy or sell your stocks? It seems like the economic downturn is making you crazy than ever. In addition to it, you are giving into the peer pressure and you don’t know how to handle the negative vibes from your materialistic friends. This vital people will prevent you from going down but instill hope to do what is right and necessary. I remember that they helped me to prioritize my emergency funds and prevented burying myself in debt. A constant encouragement and consistent modeling help me grew my knowledge, skills and discipline that resulted to a bigger wealth.
They are your accountability partner – You keep on cheating yourself for many years now and you are wasting so much time.  Study shows that when you are tied up with big spenders, your expenses will go overboard but when you have an accountability partner it will give you a sense of responsibility and confidence. Your behavior changes because they remindyou why you need to do the things that you do. Start looking for a friend who can stab you in front and gave you brutally honest feedback.
They promote safe haven – Whenever you are in the right place, you get to feel a sense of security and authenticity. They pushed you to be excellent that can help you attaining your financial goals, dreams and aspirations. They educate and give you insights on how to manage your funds effectively without cutting corners; the right one protects you like a family while wrong group will just push you to their own misery. In a longer perspective wrong community will ask you to spend so much without a blink of an eye and when you are broke they will leave you behind. 
They will grow your understanding about yourself – Being consciously aware about your behavior and identity gives you an edge. Every person is a restless wanderer until such time they find their purpose. You get a chance to simply educate those people who are also hungryfor personal finance strategies. It is also an avenue to share what you have learned to the people who are also part of the family. Personal finance is about values in life and by knowing who you are that means you are having a higher consciousness to do what is right with your finances without being insecure.
It will make the journey way better – Investing and saving is like a marathon because you should do it for a lifetime. The harder the battle, the sweeter the victory when you have a community backing you up. Have you seen Manny Pacquiao’s boxing career, without the people walking with him, his coach and team, he won’t survive the training all along. With the combination of your determination, right support group and your skills, sooner or later your net worth will grow exponentially. 
Whether in business or in personal finance the cost of being not connected with the right people will give you more headaches and heartaches, while the benefits of staying in a group will give you a leverage to look at long-term instead of snapshot of life. In addition to it, you can get an access to hi-tech information and hi-touch experiences that they already have. Now, where do you belong?
David Isaiah Angway currently helps young, urban and educated millennial (Gen Y) set and achieve their long-term financial goals by educating them about investments, asset allocation, risk management, retirement planning, and estate planning. His role as a financial planner is to find ways to increase the client’s net worth and help the client accomplish all of his/her financial objectives.
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A Single Yuppie’s Guide to Saving

Payday is not until next week but your wallet is now empty. You scratch your head and ask, “Where did all my money go?” This scenario is not uncommon for the working class specially the Pinoy young professionals. The truth is, most of us single yuppies live from paycheck to paycheck. We are the generation that demands “work-life balance” that is why we like to work hard and party harder. We live like kings on a payday weekend and end up virtually broke on the next weekend. There is absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying the fruit of your hard work. Let’s all live and enjoy. Carpe diem! However, if you are one of those people who seriously want to solve the problem of running short on cash a few days before payday, don’t you think it’s time to ask how  you spend your money? The first step toward financial stability is reflecting on your finances. 
Take some time to sit down and list all your expenses for the month. You can do this on your day off or even on your coffee break. Now, what you will need is to create several lists of expenses on a piece of paper or you may use an Excel spreadsheet. Identify the average amount of your pay slips for the past 3 months. You may be earning a total of twenty four thousand a month from your call center job – make a mental note of this figure or jot it down.
The first thing you need to identify is the total amount of your monthly bills. This is really easy and anyone can do this. Heck, some people may already be doing this! Your monthly bills may include, rent, mobile phone, internet service provider, credit cards, cable TV, and other stuff like electricity and water bill. You may include your average spending on groceries under this list.
The second list of expenses you need to create is the cost of your fare allowance from your home getting to your workplace. Do you take the MRT or you prefer taking a cab? You should include your lunch money on this list as well. These will all be part of your “daily operational expenses” and you will need to multiply this into the number of working days in a month. Keep in mind that on average, there are a total of 22 working days in a month. 
The third list would be your “lifestyle expense”. Do you usually drop by Starbucks for a cup of coffee before heading to your office? Do you buy snacks at the office vending machine? How about your weekend activities? How often do you go to the movies? How much do you spend when you go to clubs and how often you visit a spa massage? Anything that is on this list are all variables but, pretty much flexible because you can live without them or you can replace one activity with a cheaper alternative. 
 Now, you were able to identify your total monthly expenses, how much was left? If what was left turned to negative balance, then make adjustments in your “lifestyle expenses”. If there’s more money left, congratulations! 

How much money do you really need to save? 
The responsible thing to do is to keep 10% of your income in a long term savings account or investment. If you are earning 24k monthly, you must keep 2,400 pesos in your “life savings”. This 10% is non-negotiable and part of your income which you could invest, while doing so that money will get a compounding interest in 10 to 15 years for VUL, growth stock mutual funds or the stock market. Most of the commercial banks offer investment banking options which could help you attains your financial goals.
Start a short term savings account or open another savings account. Your short term savings must be versatile. This pot of money will pay for that new gadget you really want to purchase or use it as your travel funds if you take trips every 4 months or so. If you are considering a home renovation project or simply need cash for a “rainy day” use your short term savings account as your emergency fund, never withdraw from your “life savings”. Truth is, you’ll never know when you will finally decide to settle down and start having your own family, and your expenses will definitely change and will multiply. When that time comes, you will be grateful for yourself   having the discipline in keeping that “life savings” untouched. 
At the end of the day, the value of determination will be the only thing you need in order to build a savings account. Nelson Mandela once said “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” You have to start somewhere and the sooner you start your savings account, the better. Don’t be careless with your money but don’t be a scrooge either. Live and enjoy your youth but make sure to create a balance.

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Mahj graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Economics at Dela Salle University Dasmariñas Cavite. Currently, she’s a freelancer and studying graphic design.
She was also a former fraud specialist of a Trillion Dollar bank .

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