This post is about lifestyle inflation, conscious spending and buying the future you really want!
Where does all the money go?
Life style inflation is a way of saying that every time someone gets more money, whether through a wage increase, winning some money or being given some money at Christmas they are going to spend it on buying a "better" lifestyle. Some examples of this:
These are all real examples of what people do when they get extra money and I am seeing it all the time! We are trained by society to spend any extra money we get and it makes me mad. People are not conscious of what they are spending their money on they just get it and spend it straight away!
No one saves! No one spends their money on investments or savings.
According to a recent survey a quarter of British adults have no savings at all! NONE! They regular spend more than they earn! 55% of British adults have between £1 - £50,000 savings only! We just don't save and invest and that is because we are trained to SPEND!
Here is how society trains us to spend our money without thinking about it:
Society trains us to spend our money unconsciously on bigger houses, bigger cars, more stuff to put in the houses and we just go along with it without thinking about it! The whole work of marketing is designed to get us to part with our money!
There are entire teams of people in companies around the world whose only job is to get you to part with your money for a bigger car or spend your money with them. They hire the brightest and most capable people to get you to give them your money!
The system is set up to part you from your well earned cash and most people in the UK fall for it and spend all their money on stuff that doesn't actually get them where they want to go!
What I am advocating is that you are conscious of what you are choosing to spend your money on and the opportunity cost of that money. Every pound or dollar you spend on aftershave or perfume could have been spent on investments or your freedom!
Most people don't consciously decide what they are spending their money on they just spend it and wonder where it has gone at the end of the month!
You could spend your money on anything, you could buy coffee at Starbucks, you could buy perfume and aftershave, clothes, cars, holidays, investments, houses to rent out, stocks and shares or anything!
When ever you spend a £££ on one thing there is an opportunity cost that you could have spent it on something else. For example if you spend all your money this month on meals out you can't invest that money. So you are trading the money you are spending on entertainment for an investment that will buy you a return.
Most people don't think like this they just blow all their money on extra stuff!
Are you conscious what you are spending your money on or do you just let it all disappear from your hands every month?
Assets versus liabilities
How much of your money every month goes into buying assets? Most people have never bought an asset!
For the last few years around about 90% of our income has gone into buying assets. We live in a small flat (small liability) we drive a small car (small liability) and we take everything else and put it into assets to generate income for our future.
Most people do the exact opposite and every time they get extra money they buy a bigger liability! They buy a bigger car, they buy a bigger house, they buy more stuff! All their money goes on liabilities and then they complain they are trapped in their jobs and don't have any money!
Buy small liabilities and invest everything else in assets
Buy your FREEDOM first
What is the point of this post?
I want to challenge your thinking and help you to see a different path to freedom/success (whatever that means for you). If you do what everyone else does you will get the same results as everyone else. If you want different results then you need to do something different!
Most people end up broke with no savings and rely on the state pension in the UK which is hardly anything! Most people blow all their money on shit they don't need and complain about being trapped in their job and having no money. If you want different results do something different!
If you want exceptional results then you need to do something exceptional - Alan Donegan
Instead of doing what everyone else does and blowing all your money every month on stuff you don't need and bigger houses and cars take some of that money and invest it in your Freedom!
Buy Freedom first.
Katie and I have spend the last 4 year's buying as many assets as we can and have now reached a point that the income from those assets is greater than our expenditure so we technically never have to work again if we don't want to.
I still live in a small flat and drive a small car because I have used all my money to buy assets.
What have I actually bought? I have bought Freedom for the next 40+ years. I am 40 years old and I don't have to work again if I don't want to! So what I have really bought is my freedom for the next 40+ years!
Now that is an exciting proposition.
I bought Freedom before I bought a bigger car. I bought Freedom before I bought a bigger house even though society was trying to pressurise me into buying these bigger things. I stood up to society and said I am going to buy Freedom instead.
Most people didn't understand what I was doing and that is ok! Most people still don't understand what I am doing and this is one of the reasons I started this blog!
If you want exceptional results do exceptional things, even if the result of the world thinks you are a nutter! - Alan Donegan
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