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Saving is so easy a caveman could do it!



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Let me be blatantly honest here:

There’s not a snowball’s chance in hell you’re going to get rich or have a comfortable retirement by just you working! Unless you’re a celebrity or CEO making millions per year, it’s not gonna happen, period!

If you’re reading this you probably know you absolutely need to invest to get rich.

But I hear you thinking….

“I would love to start investing, but I don’t have any saving and I’m already just getting by as is. I can’t afford to invest!”

Sounds familiar?

Well I’m here to tell you you can’t afford NOT to invest!

Even if you think you don’t have a penny left to spare, I will show you that YES you can afford to invest and where to find the money for it!

Here’s what I’ll guarantee you:

If you do exactly what I tell you to do in this guide, you will be putting aside money each and every month. You’ll eliminate your debt, and start building wealth! Even better: Start investing the money you save, and you’ll reach financial freedom!

Excited? Let’s dive in:

Pay YOURSELF first, always!

What if you lost your job tomorrow?

You’d be forced to live on 70% of your income (here in the Netherlands at least) until you find a new one. With less money you’ll need to make some cuts in your budget, but you could most likely keep yourself afloat.

The reason a lot of people think they can’t afford investing is because they buy stuff (they often don’t need) first. Then, when there’s little left for the month, they start thinking about investing.

Have you ever read “The richest man in Babylon?”

If you read the book you’ll know the #1 rule of getting rich: “Pay yourself first.” Before you pay anyone; the bank, landlord, grocery store, mall, or anyone, you pay your own investment fund!! After that, spend the rest on what you need and want.

Here’s what I want you to do today:

If you don’t already have one get a 2nd bank account with the sole purpose of holding money for investing.
When a dollar goes in, you never EVER take it out, except for investing in cash producing assets! Under no circumstance!
Call HR at the company you work at and ask if the can transfer 10% of your salary to the 2nd account instead of your regular one!


You’re already saving money each month! It’s automatic and you don’t see the money in your bank account. Saving this way doesn’t require any more thinking or discipline. You don’t even see the money in your account.

Yes, you would need to adjust. Except now, you pay yourself first. You’ll soon notice it’s way easier to still afford your must haves, than it is to “find the money” for your nice to haves (like investing).

Cut the crap!

It’s funny isn’t it… ?

When you look at the people that say they can’t invest, yet they just got some new nick nacks for their house, bought that 743rd pair of shoes and go for a Starbucks run daily.

I wonder why they don’t have any money left….

It takes just a couple of small cuts here and there to save you an extra $100 per month, perhaps even more. Simply take a moment to think about the areas where

Eliminate your debt!

Repaying your credit card bill is one of the single best investments you’ll ever make!

Think about it…

With your credit card you pay around 13%-22% in interest per year! With 10k on the card you’d pay 1300-2200 dollars per year in interest alone. That amount doesn’t include payments made to pay back the balance. It’s money that could have funded your retirement!

Here’s how I look at it:

If you pay back an extra $100, you pay let’s say $15 less in interest per year. Meaning that $100 investment is now earning you a profit of 15% per year! Pretty good ROI for something so easy, right? No investment knowledge required either.

Make it a goal to reduce your debt to 0, then don’t use your card where possible.

Get your monthly costs down

We all have recurring bills to pay every single month.

You can go through the motions and pay them every month, like the good citizen you are. Obviously, make sure you pay your bills. You don’t want to attract unnecessary trouble and fees. However, there’s a smarter way to go about your liabilities:
Pay, but get those expenses as low as you can.

As an example, interest rates are incredibly low right now. If you were to get a mortgage, you’d pay under 5% interest per year. Look at your current mortgage, how much do you pay there?

Chances are you can cut your interest costs by refinancing your home. Let’s say you can save 3%/year on a 100k mortgage. You just earned yourself $3000 per year that you can now invest.

Check the same thing with your gas, water, electric and other bills to see what you can save.

And importantly…

Put that money in your 2nd account! No use blowing it all on a party to celebrate how much you saved.

Put the power of compounding into action!

If you follow this guide, you’re already saving for your investments, and I commend you for that!

Let’s just give you that 1-up shall we?

It’s simple, but if you discipline yourself to do it, everything will change!

Remember cutting your credit card bill? What I want you to do is take note of how much you “invest” into paying it back, and how much difference it makes in your monthly bill.

And then…

Take that difference, the amount you made by paying back, and put that into your investment account (or pay off more debt)! Same thing with your mortgage, electric and gas bills; put the difference away!


When you invest, do the same thing!

Take your earnings and reinvest those as well, especially the first few years. It’s the power of compounding, the 8th world wonder as Einstein put it.

The power of getting (instead of paying) interest over your earned interest! It speeds up your wealth gathering tremendously. All the small bits we’ve managed to save you here and there add up over time and become significant amounts!

And that’s literally it!

Even if you have never saved a penny in your life, you can start your journey to be an investor and becoming financially free… today!

You now know the road ahead, now take it for crying out loud!

Go out and earn my young grasshopper!

This post was written by @maikelmichiels and edited by @masterroshi chck out our other content here<<<<

Personal Finances

Maybe your relationship with money can be fixed with therapy?




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Some of us struggle so much with money that we feel like its a crazy spouse out to take half or all our sh!t. It’s well know that Money can cause people to act illogically. Problems with ones finances can even complicate existing psychological issues in our lives. It was recently found that many nearly half of couples say money problems led to their divorce. Don’t worry though your rocky financial relationship could be mended by a financial psycologist.

Financial psychology is helping bring together the concepts of your financial advisor and psychologist.

What does a financial therapist do?

A financial therapist is a psychologist that understands how psychological factors influence our interactions with money.They must understand finances and still do their part as psychologists. They must be versatile with their role, as each individual client is different. Some patients seek to address underlying psychological problems holding them back, while others must adjust the relationships they have with money, to dispel the built up adverse effects on their mental health.

Why you might go to financial therapist

Money is a huge source of angst and stress for people, that frustration and stress breeds others issues which can be detrimental to your wellbeing.Money, is often the main motivato behind people getting divorced or having marital issues, not to mention three quarters of Americans say money is the main source of stress in their lives. mix that with social media and you have distorted beliefs and destructive behavior patterns, which can negatively impact our pscological well being.

Financial therapy is for folks who deal with serious money issues such as:

Compulsive buying
Excessive risk aversion (refusing to spend money)
Hoarding (spending on things you don’t need, mostly)

Do you need financial therapy?

Only you can truly decide if you need help with your personal finances, I suggest you look at your financial behavior. If you’re compulsivly making bad financial choices, like taking payday loans every time you get a chance or cooking in the dishawsher to save on the gas bill, you may be a good candidate.
Another reason to get help is if you’re experiencing paralyzing stress or preoccupation with your financial situation, you may need a therapist.

If you simply don’t understanding how your money or budget is handled maybe you just need a financial advisor and some more research. Therapy is expensive especailly if it is in the finance niche so i would recommend only going if you have tried everything else on the free and affordable list. If you do really have a problem though then by all means grab you a financail therapist and get you Zen on!

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Investing / Trading

Dividend earners for the long term portfolio





Making Money Is The Point!

Some dividend stocks have quite appealing yields, but usually at a price. Looking at the classic dividend paying stocks we can see a pretty weak outlook from an investing perspective. Oil giant Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) has been rated as a Hold by analysts so it may not be a good time to buy. Dividend oldheads General Electric (NYSE:GE) and Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) are also experiencing less than favorable share prices. If you are going down the dividend route, it makes sense to find stocks that are also performing well. Performance is a key indicator of growth regardless of the dividend yield. Why buy a dividend stock that is fallin? t makes no sense. Buying well performing assets wil allow you some flexibility to make sales when a profitable move occurs. This means you can cash in sooner and avoid potential loosses from a bad stock pick.

Lets take a look at some of the Dividend stocks that are likely to provide you with consistent year over year growth along with dividends.


The Boeing Company AKA Boeing, is a top aerospace corporation, which mainly manufactures commercial jetliners as well as numerous defense and space contracts around the world. With Boeings solid history of growth and the prospect of continued growth in its main sectors of defense and aerospace technology Boeing is a Divident stock that is sure to grow while you hold it.

Boein is currently up 49% since this time in 2017, that beats most indexes growth margins by a huge percentage! in todays world COmpanies like Boeing benefit greatly from their connections with governments and militaries around the world. If you are interested in a stable, value stock with growth potential and dividends then Boeing is your First choice. It is a litte pricey at $348.30 per share but you can buy partial shares over on the Stash app or maybe invest in an ETF with exposure to the defense sector.

Boeings dividend is: 1.93%


Stepping away from the defense industry my next pecommendation is a household name that we all have been influenced by. The Walt Disney Company, is a international diverse entertainment and media corporation. It focuses on Media Networks, Parks & Resorts, Studio Entertainment and Consumer Products. This stock is afavorite because of all the big moves happening within the corporation, the most popular of which is Disneys purchase of 90% of 20th century Fox’s assets including parts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Even with the recent Starwars controversy Disney has proven that it can acquire and produce some of the worlds best content.

Adding Disney to your portfolio last year would have earned you a modest 7% return but the future potential of this company is boundless. Currently Disney shares rest at around $114, but may soon pump up after its coming earning call on August, 7th 2018. Analysts are optimistic about this stocks future with 48% rating it as a buy and another 48% rating it as a hold. Disney being one of the worlds largest entertainment corporations means that its stock is likely to continue to grow and you get a sweet dividend to boot!

Disney’s dividend is: 1.58%

Investco S&P 500 Low Volatility ETF

ETF’s are the current dividend champs as far as being able to find a balance between performance and price. SPLV is the ticker symbol for Investco which tracks the movement of the S&P 500 in a low volatility portfolio. Currently SPLV is up about 10% since this time in 2017, moving through $49 as the market rises this week. This stock is a great buy for the budget investor, because of its longterm growth potential.

SPLV has a dividend of: 2.41%

Earnings are the point

Making returns on your investment is the whole point ofdividend investing, Some folks might tell you its cool to grab those underperformers while they are falling. Thats not my advice, I say if its a short term (1 week-1 month) dip then by all means buy the dip, but when it is a prolonged short like GE I suggest avoiding until the fundamental issues are resolved. Buying value stocks when things like Donald Trump happen to the market will help ensure higher probabilities of earning. Buy the dip when it is logical to do so, this trade war nonsense will cause volatility and give you many buying opportunities in the days to come. Remember investinng is a long game, be prepared for the haul and you’ll find wealth at the end of th journey.

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Don’t think you can afford to invest? Think again!




When asking a person with a low income about investing, youll ptobably hear the same excuse. I’m just too broke to invest! This mentality that there often isn’t enough money to put aside for investing has handicapped them into not even trying to set the money aside. they feel they need all the money now so thinking about 401k’s and dividends might not even be on your priority list. Most people in Paychech to Paycheck lifestyles find financial freedom to be a sort of dream that they have to wake up from and go to work.

Regardless of what you think, the fact remains that not putting money away for later years will cause you alot of stress. This stress could be avoided if you make some choices now and stop hinderig yourself with that I can’t mentality.

Lets Face It You Need Money

So lets address this problem of your broke mindset, now the advice isn’t revolutionary but it works if you work for it! Something in your life has gotta give, it doesn’t need to be a huge life shift. Just think about how you spend your money and consider cutting back on anything that you dont NEED. Cutting out things like buying coffee and fast food or bar visits for about a year is a good idea. This will allow you to save up some income for future investment.

You should be seeking to cut out at least $50 of expenses per month. that would mean in a year, you would have $600 to invest. Over 20 years that $600 could grow to over $22,000, if you saved at least $600 annually. $600 is better than that nothing you said you had, and there are many places to invest $600 that can make a big difference!

Let The DRIPS add upp

DRIPS are known as dividend reinvestment plans, they allow you to re-invest small amounts into dividend-paying stock. you can set up a traditional DRIP with a broker or you can use a service like Stash,which allows micro investing and dividend reinvestment. DRIPs add up to a sizable investments over time as the balance grows which then meand more dividends.

ETFs for the win!

Exchange traded funds are financial instruments used to track the performance of spcific sectors of the stock market. On Robinhood you can buy as little as a single share of an ETF. Ths will allow you to have exposure to multiple companies without having to put up as much capital. An added bonus is that most ETFs pay out dividends. This means they can help you grow your DRIP at a faster rate!

Don’t go too far too fast

Take your time with this savings and investment thing, its not a race you literally have a lifetime. live life now but make the sacrifices needed for a brighter future. you could life a hard life for a few years while saving for a happy life, just dont let the cycles of hardship get you stuck in the trenches. Only you can shift the paradigms that hold you back and find success.

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