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How To Raise Standard Of Living & Maximize Savings

Coined by Senator Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi, the 50/30/20 rule is a simple yet powerful guideline that can ensure a balanced financial life.

“Spend What Is Left After Saving”

Achieving a higher standard of living while maximizing savings requires a thoughtful and intentional approach. Start by scrutinizing your daily expenditures; seemingly minor changes can make a significant impact.

According to recent surveys, individuals who curtail non-essential spending can save up to 20% of their monthly income. As financial expert Warren Buffett wisely puts it, “Do not save what is left after spending, but spend what is left after saving.” This “50/30/20” mindset shift is crucial in building a robust financial foundation.

Understand Your  Income

  • Begin by determining your monthly income after taxes. This is the starting point for creating a budget that reflects your financial reality.

Keep Fixed Expenses Under 50%

  • Allocate a portion of your income to fixed expenses, including rent or mortgage, utilities, insurance, and loan payments. Aim to keep these essentials within 50% of your total income.

Try To Minimize Flexible Spending 

  • It’s important to treat yourself, treating yourself to nice dinners and outings. However, you must be financially aware, so try and dedicate no more than 30% of your income to flexible spending categories (entertainment, travel, clothing, etc). This allows for some flexibility while maintaining control over discretionary spending.

Savings and Debt Repayment

  • Prioritize saving for the future and repaying debts by allocating at least 20% of your income to these categories. This can include contributions to an emergency fund, retirement savings, and paying down outstanding debts.

Emergency Fund

  • If your finances allow it, try to create an emergency fund equivalent to three to six months’ worth of living expenses. Nerd Wallet concludes that this financial cushion provides security in unforeseen circumstances.

Invest, Invest, Invest!

  • Strategic investing is another cornerstone of maximizing savings. By dedicating at least 10% of your income to investments, you position yourself for substantial growth. As the saying goes, “The stock market is a device for transferring money from the impatient to the patient,” a principle espoused by legendary investor Warren Buffett.

Comments, Questions, Concerns?

Do not consistently rely on these recommendations, as everyone is different and there are always unknown variables. 

However, following this routine to an extent will help you see drastic changes in your overall net worth, especially if you limit how much you are spending. 

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