Comment on Easy To Spend, Makes It Hard To Save by Dividendsdownunder.
We have a budget which we try to stick to as much as possible. We also only have certain categories that we even allow ourselves to spend money in. Supermarkets, rent, household bills etc are all fine. Alcohol, ‘going out money’, travel, holidays etc do not exist for us. When we earn a LOT more in the future, perhaps a little bit. But whilst our earnings aren’t high, we won’t spend much. We have no debt (no credit cards etc), we plan to keep it that way.
The debt total is staggering and scary. An asset can decrease in price, but the debt remains. You’d think with all this debt & consumption that wages/earnings would be rising quicker than they are. People spending is fine, it is doing so with debt that is causing and will cause huge problems.
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