This Sunday, Jonathon continues writing about ways that you can live frugally after telling us that we can save $100k by age 30.
You can read the article by buying a copy of Sunday Times (sorry I don’t want to get into trouble with SPH)
This is just one aspect of an austerity drive where I try to rein in my daily spending to that daunting $35, which is in the ballpark of the $32 daily budget that I arrived at in the Young & Savvy column two weeks ago.
I calculated that this figure would allow a person starting work at 25 years of age to hit $100,000 in savings and investments by the time he was 30.
But it has been an uphill struggle – reflecting reader comments after the article that it would be tough to live on such a budget.
My personal plan has been to spend less on weekdays and relatively more on weekends, hitting $35 a day on average. I want to make it part of my lifestyle so I can carry on like this through force of habit
I really like what Jonathon is doing with this series of articles. It brings up debate and pushes the envelope to let individuals explore whether this is possible so I hope despite all the critique he continues this series.
Change habit not rely on will power
One key thing that Jonathon talks about a lot is trying to keep within that limit. Like dieting, many schemes break down because they want you to rely too much on will power.
When you are weak too often you don’t keep to it.
I really like this what I learnt from Summer Tomato:
Effort + failure = guilt (thank you, fitness gurus)
Guilt + more failure = less effort
Less effort + excuses = less guilt
Instead, make it a point to create keystone habits and eliminate bad habits through lifestyle change.
Once you built in good habits, you will realize the money saving comes eventually.
Plan a monthly budget instead of keeping a daily high wire act
The thought of keeping within a limit and not knowing what will hit you in a single day is daunting.
You will hate facing the day that way.
This is the reason why no one does budgeting.
People hate it when you take things away from them! And you do that to yourself every single day to evaluate that!
Quarterly or Annual planning of a feasible monthly spending envelope will be good enough.
Here are some guides in the past
- Get Rich – How to pay yourself first: The important first step is to build up your savings. Without a stream of cash flow, you cannot conservatively get rich. Here is how you can build a habit out of it.
- How to create a budget in 10 easy steps: Here is my guide with an overview of why you need a budget plan and how to plan for it.
- How to budget your money well with FREE Mvelopes: Envelope budgeting is one of the best way to plan and control your finances. This is a detail guide how to carry this out.
- Another How To guide to Envelope Budgeting with Quicken: Here is how i carry out envelope budgeting with the very comprehensive Quicken.
- Saving Money – Divide up your savings: Many folks ignore the different horizons you will need your money but instead treat all saving as the same. Here’s showing you a better method.
- Saving Money – Save your increment: What if you want to maintain your standard of living but still want to save, a researcher may have a solution for you
- Saving Money – Your first $100k before 30: Many lament you cannot save 100k before 30 years old. A Straits Times article show you otherwise
My friend told me how he got inspired in optimizing his money because his lecturer who is well off, is keeping a paper notebook recording down his expense.
If a well off millionaire can do that after having so much money, why is it so hard for normal folks to do that?
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Saturday 4th of October 2014
$30 is daunting? Try $7 or if include grocery costs ie stuff u buy for gtoceries to last a week or so, give n take $10 to 12 daily at present time. Couple with net pay of 1200 n 850 after cpf as starting pay 8 yrs ago. No degrees. My dear, live like the common or poor ppl then is truly daunting.
Saturday 4th of October 2014
hi Hakim, at some point, whether you are a degree holder or not , you might be put in a position where you need to live like you only can spend 1200. if you earn a lot but you find that your life value is worth only 1200, you will live like you only have 1200 to spend.