Basic Money Management Skills For Women in Business

Basic Money Management Skills For Women in Business

Sadly basic money management skills aren’t usually taught in school – even though they should be – because they’re essential If you want to succeed (especially when you’re in business).

But how are you meant to know what to do with your money, if nobody ever shows you?

So in this video, I am going to give you some practical money advice, and I’m going to share with you the three golden rules for financial success in business and in life.

Back when I was a full-time finance professional, I literally helped thousands of people take control of their money. And there was one very disturbing pattern, because I noticed very quickly that the people with the highest incomes were very often also the ones experiencing the highest levels of money stress.

And this is exactly why in my Magnetic Money program, we marry the magical with the practical. We want you to attract that beautiful high, healthy level of income. And we want you to know how to take care of that money so you can stop worrying about it and actually know how to make your money go to work for you.

As with everything, it’s really critical to get the basics right. So in this video, I am going to cover the three golden rules that underpin all basic money management skills, and which will help you achieve financial success in business and in life. Be sure to stick around until the end, because as a bonus tip, I’m also going to take you through the key bank accounts that you should have for both your business and your personal finances.

So let’s get into it!

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Golden rule number one is to always save something.

So back when I was a single, broke mom and I really struggled to even pay the rent, I knew that I needed to change things. I knew that I needed to turn around both my mindset and my financial situation, and also the energy I had around money. I was consumed by stress around money and constantly feeling broke & like there wasn’t enough. And I really needed to shift my focus from being this poverty consciousness to starting to notice that there was money there and start to get some momentum going on a positive level.

So what I did was I made a rule that I would only spend notes. I used cash for everything. I spent only notes and I saved all the coins. And at the end of that first month, I went to the bank and I banked something like $46 in coins. And I started a savings account.

Now, the really interesting thing was that because I was only allowed to spend notes and had to break a note every time I wanted to spend money, it made me really careful and considerate of the money I was spending. So it actually helped me be more mindful and save money as I was going through the month. And that extra money that I saved in coins, I didn’t really feel like it was missing. And at the end of the month, I had $46, which was a huge amount. And the rule was I had to bank all of it. I wasn’t allowed to use it to pay for groceries or anything else. And it helped me feel like no matter what my situation, I was able to still move forward and start accumulating savings. And that really was the start of a whole new paradigm of things starting to shift, of the tide starting to turn.

So no matter what your financial situation is, you always want to save some percentage of your income. In a perfect world, you’d be saving at least 10% of your gross income. But if you can’t start there, start with 1% and then slowly and surely build your way up. Because as you start, you shift your mindset, you shift the energy around money, and you start a whole new practical pattern that says, “I can save. Here’s the evidence.”

And all of that builds momentum and it grows and grows and grows from there.

Golden rule number two is to use percentages.

I already touched on that with golden rule number one, where I suggested that you ultimately aim for saving 10% of your gross income at a minimum. And ultimately, you want to get to something like 20% of your gross income going straight to your investments.

(And if that freaks you out right now, it’s okay…  because as I said, work on percentages and start small).

The reason why working with percentages is so simple, is that you can keep using that same breakdown, no matter what your level of income is. So whether you’re earning a thousand dollars a week or a hundred thousand dollars a week -, if you say that “I’m going to save 10% or 5%” – or whatever the percentage is – the percentage never changes. And so that’s really powerful because it helps you stay on track and it ensures that you always live within your means and that you’re still moving forward. So by having the percentages, it eliminates that temptation of, “Oh, now I’m making more money. How about I spend more money? How about I sign up for a bigger mortgage, a bigger car loan, a bigger holiday, a bigger everything.?”

And before, you know, it, all the money’s just disappearing. And that actually happened to me when my income started to take off and I was making that six figure plus income, but my expenses had all grown to match and there really wasn’t any extra left for me. But by switching to percentages, it meant that I was always allocating money to fun stuff and wealth creation and paying off debt and all the other things that needed to be covered and paid for in right proportions. So the percentages don’t need to change as your income grows, which is a really cool way of making sure that you’re on track, that you’re living within your means, and that you’re also moving forward. So golden rule number two, use percentages.

And then golden rule number three for financial success that should underpin all your basic money management skills is that you get really clear on and you focus on your number one financial priority at any given point in time.

So what this means is that if you want to experience that financial success and move forward and move through your wealth creation plan, you want to make sure that at any given point in time, you are 100% clear on what your current number one focus should be. So that will vary depending on where you’re at in life. At certain stages in life, it might be all about eliminating debt. And then at the next stage in life, it might be about accumulating a buffer – so that should anything happen (like say a global pandemic for example) you have three or even six or maybe 12 months worth of living expenses to fall back on. And at other stages in life, it might be about accumulating money to put into investment or into buying or paying off your first home or boosting your retirement funds.

So it’s important that you continually look at your wealth creation plan and assess “What should my number one priority be right now”, and then within your money management system and the percentages that you’re allocating, there is a certain percentage that gets allocated towards just that one thing right now. And then as that one thing gets ticked off the list, you allocate that same amount of money to the next thing on your list. And you shift your number one priority and your focus to the next thing on your list.

What that does, is it puts you into laser focus mode. And so you accomplish that goal, that number one priority so much faster. The biggest mistake most people make with their money management skills and why they don’t get to experience financial success more easily is that they spray their focus. They’re trying to do everything at the same time. They try to pay off debt, accumulate savings, save for a home, start investing in shares, boost their retirement fund all at once. And so you’re just drip feeding randomly here and there.

When you stop and actually get clear on what your number one priority should be right here right now, then you can put all your focus on that one thing, knowing that you are absolutely focusing on the thing that is most critical, most important for you right here right now, and that will propel you towards financial success, the fastest. And when that box has been ticked, you shift your focus onto the next thing you reassess and decide, okay, what should be next? And you move on to that.

Now, speaking of eliminating debt, if that is your number one focus right now, then I do have this other video right here, which you can watch next to help you ensure that the process that you’re using to clear your debt is the one that helps you eliminate that debt in the fastest, most efficient way possible. So be sure to watch that next.

Now you might already follow one or even all three of these golden rules. So let me know in the comments, which of these golden rules do you already follow? Which ones have you already tried? What’s your favorite? Or maybe which one are you going to try or possibly recommit to next?

Okay, as I promised at the start, I’m going to give you a little bit of an extra bonus before you go. 

And that is covering what your basic bank accounts should be, that you have both for your business and your personal finances. And this is actually a lesson straight out of part of the Magnetic Money program, because it’s really important that the practical infrastructure you have in place really supports your money management system. And that is what allows you to then put it all on autopilot and make sure that all the percentages are correct, that there’s always the right amount of money being saved and that everything’s being taken care of, with your number one priority at all times being the key focus. So having the bank accounts in place that allow you to then set up that entire system is really critical. So let’s go through what they should be.

Let’s focus on your business first, and you really need a minimum of two bank accounts for your business.

The two bank accounts that you should have in the name of your business, whether that’s your own name or the name of a company, or maybe something like a trust should be :

Number one, your business operating account. Now that account is the one that all your income will come into and that your business pays all its expenses out of,including your wages (because your wages are then your personal income,). Your business pays its bills, including the wages of its CEO, which is you. So that’s your business operating account. All income for the business comes into that and all expenses, including your personal pay comes out of that account.

And the second business bank account that you really must have is a separate account to park tax money in.

And again, you will use a percentage for this. And the percentage of your gross income that should be allocated and tucked away for tax will vary, depending on whether you’re running a company or not, and how much income you’v currently got rolling through your business. So refer to your accountant, refer to your last year’s, or the couple of years tax returns and make a decision of what percentage of your gross turnover – of the total income coming into your business – should you be putting aside to make sure that you can pay your tax bill. Because you know what? You’re in business to make profit. And usually profit is taxed in most countries. So you want to be aiming to pay tax. Really, you want to be aiming to pay as much tax as possible e ffectively, of course – because it means you have made lots of profit.

So by using a percentage, it means that the amount of tax money you’re putting aside in terms of dollars will always be appropriate for your level of income. Makes it nice and easy and it makes sure that you’re perfectly on track.

Okay, now let’s move on to your personal bank accounts.

So, I recommend that you have at least four personal bank accounts. The first one is your bills account. So the bills account is generally the one that all income or personal income is paid into. And remember, your personal income is not your business’s gross income. It is the income that you receive as wages or salary from your business plus any other household income. So all of it comes into the bills account. And from that bills account, you set up direct automatic debits – because the less you have to think about this, the better – for all your regular household bills. And I’m talking things like insurance, electricity, gas, all those personal expenses that are going to be ongoing.

And then the second bank account that I strongly recommend you have separately is a cash spending account with a spending card, an ATM card, an Eftpos card linked to it.

Now, in our household, we have one of these each – and that’s where all your discretionary money goes into – the money for your discretionary spending, your fun money, the things that you can choose to spend or choose not to spend on. And so each month or each payment cycle from that bills account, a certain amount gets deposited into your cash discretionary spending fun money account. And you get to spend that on whatever you choose. And of course, before you’ve done any of this, you’ve sat down and worked out your entire money management system and made some decisions around what those dollar amounts should be. But you need this infrastructure in place, remember?

So cash spending account means that that’s the money you get to spend on the fun stuff like going out for lunch, or maybe having a massage or whatever those things are. And when the money’s been spent, you’ve had your fun, and you’re not going to be tempted to dip into the bills account, because if you do that, you might have trouble paying the power bill when it comes in, right? So everything is nice and separate.

Now, the third type of account that I recommend you have is what I call the extras or the big splurges account. So you want at least one of these and it’s really short term savings, but for spending on big ticket items or on maybe annual items. So things like Christmas gifts or birthday gifts for the kids or things like your annual family holiday. So you want to have a separate bank account – at least one – to cover those things. And some people like to have several separate bank accounts. They might have a holiday money account and a Christmas and birthday presents account separately.

So, those extra items should be in a separate account because they’re big ticket things that happen seasonally. So you don’t want to mix that up with your everyday spending or your everyday household bills money, and find that again, you might accidentally run short.

And then the fourth type of account needs to be a savings account. Now, depending on where you’re at in life, that might be just a cash savings account, or it might be an investment account, or it might actually be your shares investment that you keep building on, but it’s savings. It’s long-term savings for either emergency money or for investing and growing your wealth. It’s not money that you’re planning to touch anytime soon. So it’s very different to those Extras accounts. They’re not really savings. They’re just you putting money aside all year long so that when Christmas comes, you can buy some gifts for the family.

THIS is wealth creation. So savings/wealth creation. You want to make sure you have at least one bank account where money can accumulate for that and doesn’t get mixed in and diluted by either cash fun money or household bills.

So with all of this, as I’ve already mentioned, the key thing is to have a system in place and to have made those decisions of how much money should flow through all of these accounts before you even get started. 

And this is what we do in the Magnetic Money program. 

But before most people can go there and set up their money management system, they actually need to start looking at creating that ecosystem and shifting the way they think about money and the way they feel about money so that they can then go on to shift the way they deal with their money.

All of that together is what allows you to unlock your six figure plus income and stop the old sabotage patterns – so that money is flowing to you freely, staying around and you actually know what to do with it. You can put it into your money management system – you can put it into your wealth creation plan – you can let it flow through those bank accounts with the appropriate percentages and give every dollar a job to do. And that is the fast track to success.

So I’ve created a free new Masterclass that I’d love to invite you to watch. It is called “The secret code to unlocking your six figure income”. And it’s available for you to watch right now, free of charge at the link in the comments below. So hop on that now, and I’d love to see you in that Masterclass. 

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Magnetic Monday Live Manifesting Q&A | Your money questions answered

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Here’s a summary of this episode so you can jump straight to the bit that resonates with you – or grab a cuppa and watch the lot!

SHOW NOTES:

6min – I struggle with the spending part, mostly. So my question is, does that kind of block the flow of the abundance through me? 

18min – How do you manage the transition of your own mindset with your nearest and dearest who are not in a positive mindset? 

26min – You say “Every dollar needs a job to do” and I’m having trouble finding jobs for all my money 

36min –  I worry there won’t be enough money in ‘old age’

41min – My money is a mess! I’ve been trying to give it jobs, but I don’t know enough about investing and compound interest

 

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Rene said:
“One habit around money I would like to change is being worried there’s not enough in old age.”

As we do get a little bit older and start realising that life is not infinite in this 3D reality that we’re in, we do start thinking about that stuff. 

If that’s something that’s really bugging you, then I would recommend:

1. Look at the story

Look at what your parents modelled for you. Is that a story that you picked up because it’s what your parents either told you or what actually happened to them? 

And just because it happened to them – or it’s what they bought into – doesn’t mean it has to be your story. 

We do the hypnotic story process in Magnetic Money, and that is a huge part of it:
Realizing that it’s just a story – most of the time it’s not even your story – and that you don’t have to keep believing it. You can start telling a new story. 

That disconnects the emotional hook. 

So looking at where that story comes from that you’re not going to be okay in old age is a very important step.


2. Make a plan

On a really practical level, have a plan.

When you have a plan, you don’t have to worry so much anymore. 

In Australia, we have a great book called The Barefoot Investor. The author Scott Pape talks about this myth that you need a million dollars in the bank to retire comfortably. 

And it’s just not true. 

We have the age pension, and you’re still allowed to work part-time. And who wouldn’t want to work a couple of days a week and do something that gets them out and engages them in the community? 

He breaks it all down and shows us that we don’t actually need a million dollars in the bank! We on;y need a fraction of that!

Most people live in a state of fear trying to figure out where they’re going to find a million dollars cash and a freehold house to retire with, so it’s about 1 – shifting the mindset and 2 – actually having a clear and educated plan. 

So number one – what’s the story you’re telling yourself? And why do you think that that’s got to be your story? 

And then marrying the magical with the practical, and putting a plan together, asking yourself what your retirement plan is, what your finances are looking like, and then what needs to be a priority.

Give every dollar a job to do and look at what your number one priority is right now.


It might be: 

  • Paying off credit card debt 
  • Paying off your home loan
  • Starting to put more money away into your superannuation
  • Starting to put some money away for investing

Knowing what that wealth creation plan is, which stage you’re at, and actually knowing that you’re underway, that really settles all those fears and nerves.

That’s why to me, doing the practical side of money and not having it go hand in hand with the energetic and the mindset stuff is madness. 

And the same goes with the energetic and the mindset stuff. 

That’s all very well, but if you don’t walk the talk, then you’re still just hoping for the best. And at worst, you’re repressing all your fears and pretending everything’s okay because you’re not willing to step up to the plate and actually take care of your money. 

When you do take care of your money and you put that plan in place, then you can relax and spend a certain amount of money on yourself without worrying – because you know you’ve earned enough and that money is earmarked for having fun. And all the other stuff that your money needs to do is all being taken care of as well because every dollar has a job to do.

Some of those dollars have the job of helping you to achieve financial stability and financial freedom, and some of those dollars have the job of helping you take of yourself, feel great about yourself and enjoy life along the way. 

And that helps to raise your vibration, keep shifting your mindset around how abundant life is, and then allows MORE money to flow, which means there’s going to be even more dollars available to grow your wealth. 

And it builds and builds and builds.


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Kim asked:
“I give my money jobs to do – all the bills are paid and I started a business so that I could have that, but I don’t know what to do with the leftover. There’s not a lot leftover, but enough that I know I should be doing something with it. I don’t know what to do with it.”

In Magnetic Money, we set up a ‘bucket system’ where there are different buckets of money that serve separate purposes.

There is one bucket that pays the bills.

Another bucket is your fun bucket and discretionary spending (ie. groceries).

Then there’s the wealth creation bucket. 

(Forget about the word ‘compound’ for a moment if it confuses you.) 

The wealth creation bucket is everything that has interest attached to it.

Things that charge you interest could be:

  • Credit card
  • Mortgage 
  • Car loan

But then on the flip side, there are things that you earn interest on such as investments and term deposits.

So that wealth creation bucket is everything that has interest involved.

What compound interest means is (and it doesn’t really work like this but it keeps the numbers simple): If you have a credit card owing $1,000, and you’re charged 20% interest per annum, in a year you’re charged $200 interest. If you don’t pay that down, then you’re going to be charged interest on that $200 as well as the $1,000 that you already owe.

So if you don’t pay that down, you’re going to be charged interest on the interest and so on.

And that’s what compound interest is – it’s the interest making more debt babies.

It’s like this family tree that’s working against you.

What we want to do is make sure that some of your money is being pointed at that bucket.

This is a really great job to give some of your money, as it reduces that debt effect as quickly as possible, and tips the scales into starting to grow your wealth.

That’s a super quick lesson on how we do it.

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My top hack for eliminating debt – that’s super fast!

My top hack for eliminating debt – that’s super fast!

Today I’m going to share with you my number one hack for eliminating debt.

You’ll want to stick around for this one.

 

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I’m going to use a four-letter word… debt. 

Nobody likes that one. 

We’ve all got it – most of us anyway – and we don’t like it, we want to get rid of that thing. 

Energetically, the more you try to get rid of something, the more you actually give it power, the more you reinforce it.

What you resist, persists. 

So you want to be careful. What you want to do is actually turn that around by implementing the really practical things that I’m about to share with you. 

Turn that around and actually change the energy.

Right now, your energy is probably one of ‘I don’t want any more debt!’ which actually just keeps more debt coming at you.

Rember: What you resist persists and where attention goes energy flows. And everything is energy. 

We want to turn that energy around to ‘Every day, I’m eliminating debt. Every day my debt is shrinking. It’s shrinking faster and faster!’, which is a completely different vibration. 

That’s what we want. 

So how do you do that? 

OK, let me share my number one tip for eliminating debt with you: 

Most people, when they have multiple credit cards, car loans, etc., they just make the minimum payments on everything. Sometimes they pay a bit more here and there, but generally, they’re just making the regular payments and trying to get on top of things. 

What you want to do is this: Get a piece of paper and list all of your debts. List what you owe, what the minimum monthly payment is (or weekly if that’s how you operate), and list the interest rate if you can. 

Now from a pure finance advisory perspective – which by the way, I’m not giving you financial advice here – and from a number-crunching perspective, you would usually work on the one that has the highest interest rate first because it’s costing you the most.

But having said that, everything is energy. 

If there’s one that bothers you a whole lot more than the others, or if you’re really overwhelmed by the feeling of debt, and just getting rid of one little thing would help, then go for another one. 

Sometimes it actually helps to get rid of the one that you owe the least on because you can do that quickly.

So choose one. 

If you’re feeling okay, then definitely go with the one on the highest interest rate and watch that debt shrink into oblivion. 

Here’s how you do it: 

✔️ Find a little bit of extra money somewhere. 

You can look at things like whether you have magazine subscriptions that you don’t utilise, whether you subscribe to Spotify but in reality, it’s no big deal if there’s an odd ad. Or perhaps you spend a little bit more than you really need to on going out and grabbing a cup of coffee or lunch.

Just figure out if there’s something that isn’t necessary that you can save money on.

Ideally, that’s the best way to do it. 

✔️ Then put that money towards that debt.

Think of this as REPLACING expenses. Swapping something not very useful with something that’s very useful and is going to help you a lot. 

Put that amount of money – let’s say it’s $50 a week saved from removing unnecessary expenses – towards the debt you’ve decided on and keep doing that. 

✔️ Keep paying all the other ones at their minimum payments and just focus on THE one. 

Just focus on eliminating debt – but focus on ONE at a time.

✔️ When that one’s all paid off, do a little happy dance. Give yourself a treat that you’ve decided on in advance. 

Ideally, your reward should cost about the same as one of those debt payments.

So if you were making a payment of $200 and have now paid off that debt, then put one of those payments towards a special little reward for yourself.

✔️ Then after that, don’t just absorb that money and re-subscribe to the magazines and everything else. Use that extra money you’ve just freed up and choose the next debt to eliminate!

I call this tipping the buckets. 

You just want to then choose the next debt to eliminate. You’ve got that whole $200 now extra to put towards the next one. 

So again, choose it depending on what works best for you.

Pay off all of it. 

✔️ When you get that one completely gone, do the same thing. 

Treat yourself, celebrate, and then take the whole payment (so what you had on the very first one plus what you were paying on the second one, which you then stacked up) and then pay all of that towards the next one. 

What will actually happen is that it’s going to gather momentum really, really quickly. 

The first one will be the slowest. The second one goes faster, and from there, it just goes bang, bang, bang, the dominoes will drop. 

It’s a really cool technique. 

Celebrate, do lots of happy dances and really celebrate every time you eliminate a debt.

Remember: All is energy. All is vibration. You want to do the dance of abundance. 

And that is it.

See how simple eliminating debt can be – and how quickly it can happen once you get started & focus?

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve ever tried this & how it went!

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The easiest way to save money – even when money feels tight

The easiest way to save money – even when money feels tight

If you’re somebody who would LIKE to save some money, has been told they SHOULD save money, and thinks that it would be NICE to have some to spare, then this tip is for you – so stick around!  
 

I’m going to tell you an easy way to save money – even when you feel like you have none to spare.

 

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Here’s the thing, we all know that it’s really important to start saving some money and put it aside – whether it’s for investing or just for a buffer in case of emergency. 

And also to start creating some positive energy around money. 

But when you’re so broke that you just have nothing to spare… What do you do?

What’s an easy way to save money – something you can do even when you have barely any?

I’ll tell you what I did because I went through a stage where my total income for the year was $10,000, and my rent was $320 a week! 

If you do the maths, you can work out that that doesn’t actually stack up. 

To this day, I’m not quite sure how I got through it, but I did.. and this little tip helped a lot!

The bottom line is, I was broke and I was miserable. 

I was obsessed with how broke I was. It was all that was churning through my head, night and day. I was like a human calculator that couldn’t switch off. 

I realised that I needed to change. Not just my thinking and my energy, but also my habit pattern. 

I needed an easy way to save money.

I needed to get into a pattern of putting some money aside. And showing myself that I did have money to spare. 

I did a very simple thing, and you can do it too – no matter how broke you are.

Here it is:
When you go out to buy groceries or whatever it is, use cash. Use cash for everything, and only spend notes. 

What it’ll do is it will make you think twice about breaking that note. 

It also creates all this change which you can then save, and I promise you, you will not notice the difference. 

So I did this. I spent only notes, I kept all the change and I would bank it at the end of the month. 

The first month it was about $64 which was a fortune to me at that time. 

I had $64 to put into a dedicated savings account. It made me feel rich. 

This changed my energy around money. It changed my vibration around money, my thinking pattern around money and my habit pattern around money. 

This one little thing is so powerful – and you can do it too!

Let me know in the comments – have you ever tried this? What do you do to save when money feels tight?

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This will also help you feel more empowered around your money.

A lot of people track their income, and you might be one. 

But do you track your expenses?

And yes, I know that at the end of the financial year, you can look back at your expenses, or you can refer to your bank account, but do you actually track your spending as you go? 

 

What’s more, I would challenge you to not just do that, but to do it on PAPER, because THAT is what makes you more magnetic to money.

 

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When you track your spending on paper, you’re basically spending on paper, and it’s a really powerful thing. There is so much that comes out of it.

Here are a few reasons why this is totally worth your while doing:

The first reason for this is that when you actually have to write down every single thing you spend – and I’m not just talking business expenses, I’m talking personal expenses, coffees, lunches, magazines, that extra pair of earrings, that pair of shoes that you snuck past your husband and got rid of the box before he got home. I’m talking about all of that, right? 

When you have to write it down in your little pocket notebook, then you think twice about it. 

It makes you automatically self-correct in the actual act of spending – you make more deliberate choices in the day to day moments. 

So particularly if you’re somebody who’s a little bit impulsive or just whips out the card and uses the payWave function everywhere you go, then this is going to really make a difference. 

Because you know what? Even if you’re just lazy enough to get out the pocketbook afterwards – and that makes you spend a little bit less money – that’s a really good thing. 

The second reason why this is really powerful, is that you can then actually add that all up, project it for your annual expense on each individual item, and you can see, ‘How much do I spend each year on just the odd cup of coffee? How much do I spend each year on clothes? How much do I spend each year on entertainment? How much do I spend each year even on groceries?’ 

And then you can make some really empowering decisions and choices. 

Because I promise you that when you look at that and you look and see that you are spending the equivalent of $7,000 per year on just coffees and having your favourite Italian sweet – which some of us love – and it adds up to thousands a year, that’s going to make you sit back and think.

And then you can make some really empowering choices. You can actually say, ‘Okay, I still want to have that thing. I still want to enjoy that thing. But I’m not willing to pay that price for that pleasure and that joy. So here’s the price I am willing to pay for that pleasure and joy.’

And then you break it down, and you work out what your weekly budget is for all those extra beautiful little luxury things. 

When you do it like that, you’re coming from a place of power, not a place of lack. 

You’re taking control of your money. And you know what? Your money loves it when you take control of it. So when you take control of your money, it just feels good – you’re in control, you’re in charge, and when you run out of that little bit of extra pocket money for those special luxury items, you can actually sit back and go, ‘Cool. I know that I’ve hit my limit, I know that when I stop now, it actually gives me all this extra free available disposable income that I can use to pay off credit cards, to save for a holiday’ – to do anything you choose. 

By planning, you actually get to be excited. You get to be excited about what it is you’re doing with your money. And there’s a lot of power in that, not just from a practical level, but also from that magical vibrational level, because I’m all about blending and marrying the practical with the magical. 

This practical stuff is what makes you more magnetic to money.

And that’s when you can step into your power and you can straddle the best of both worlds. And it’s incredible, baby. 

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Until next time, stay happy!

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