I'm Broke, Busted, & Disgusted. How Can I Correct It?
By Tim Russ
Mar 18, 2011 - 11:05:54 AM
I hear people all the time saying “Im broke”. They don’t know where their money went or how to fix it. All they know is “Im broke”, it sucks and they don’t want to be broke anymore.
What does it mean to be broke? Depending on who we ask, being broke means entirely different things.
Officially it means that you’ve run out of money. There are other definitions, though. Some people think that it means they don’t have money they want to lose. Other people think it means they have money but it’s already set aside for some purpose so it doesn’t exist for them.
How did this happen? For most of us it means that we have more expenses than we have income. It could also mean that we have just enough money to match what’s going out from what’s coming in. Either way it’s clear that we don’t have enough money to live the way we want to live.
Spending is one of the biggest issues that we need to address if we find ourselves lacking funds. Even the US Government is learning that lesson the hard way. Cutting our expenses is one of the quickest ways to adjust our money but even that isn’t enough to reach our goals most of the time.
So how did it actually happen to you? Well that’s hard to say exactly because we’re all different. You could be saying “Im broke” because you had a run of bad luck.
Sometimes health problems, accidents, or just having to repair some high ticket items we need drains our finances. It’s just beyond our ability to anticipate everything.
Other times it’s just poor judgment. We purchase things we don’t really need instead of saving our money for a rainy day. That’s when most people find themselves saying, “Im broke”.
How can it be corrected? Budgeting is an excellent way to proactively deal with it. If you choose to budget, though, you’ll need to keep track of all your spending to make sure you stick to your budget.
While budgeting is a good practice it’s not the only way to correct our situation. The best way to stay on top of this problem and prevent yourself from ever saying, “Im broke” again is to make more money. If you don’t have enough money then you need to get more money.
Increasing your cash flow is very easy to do if you are knowledgeable. It’s not that generating more money is difficult it’s just that most people are lost when it comes to doing this. Unfortunately, many people who do know what to do lack the motivation to take care of their problem.
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