After blogging about personal finance for almost four years, I wasn't very shocked. 90% of the comments were very negative.
People were saying that anyone who saves money must hate their life, they must lead a boring life, and so on.
This is always sad to read, as many people do not save anywhere near the amount they should be saving. To quickly summarize my post Money Statistics That May Scare You:
- 68% live paycheck to paycheck;
- 26% have no emergency savings;
- The median amount saved for retirement is less than $60,000;
- The average household has $7,283 in credit card debt;
- The average student loan debt is $32,264.
Due to these crazy money statistics, I believe that more people should think positively about saving money. Saving money can help you stop living paycheck to paycheck, it can help you pay off your debt, it can help you prepare for retirement, and so on.
The first step to saving more money is to figure out why you are unable to save money.
For many people, it's because they often tell themselves excuses for why saving money isn't something they can or even need to do.
If you do this, I want you to realize that you can change your ways and that it is possible to save money. I used to always give myself excuses as well but then realized that I was just lying to myself.
Below are six common excuses people give for not saving money. [Read more…]