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Three Signs you’re in Financial Survival Mode

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Are you where you want to be financially? Or do you feel like you’re stuck in financial survival mode? No power or clean water from winter storm Uri has millions of Texans in survival mode (luckily my little RV is still has power and water!). When you’re physically cold, hungry, and thirsty you know you’re in survival mode. How do you know if you’re in financial survival mode? There are three signs you’re stuck in financial survival mode.

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Here are three signs you’re in financial survival mode. 


Financial Survival Mode Sign #1: Living Paycheck-to-Paycheck

CNN reported 76% of Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck. If payday can never get here fast enough for you, then this is a sure-fire sign you’re in financial survival mode. You’re constantly checking your bank account, over drafting, and financially insecure.  
The paycheck-to-paycheck cycle is stressful and all-consuming. When you don’t have money for rent, food, or day-to-day bills it provokes a similar stress as being stuck at home without food and water from a natural disaster. Except the financial survival mode never ends, unless you make changes! 

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Financial Survival Mode Sign #2: Spending What you’ve Saved 

Your saving account and bank account is like a game of ping pong. You ambitiously save and just as soon as money is transferred to savings you transfer the money back. Your expenses are out of control and always feel unpredictable. 

When you’re consistently unable to save long-term you aren’t growing financially: you’re simply surviving. You’re underestimating your expenses and overestimating how much you can realistically save. This is like having a propane tank for an emergency to stay warm, but running out of gas.  

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Financial Survival Mode Sign #3 Relying on Debt for Major Purchases 


Instead of viewing the total cost of an item, your brain is wired to buy in terms of low monthly payments. If every time you buy something more than a couple hundred dollars you need to rely on debt, then you’re in financial survival mode.

When you buy a laptop, washer and dryer, set of tires, or new phone with a payment plan it doesn’t initially feel like survival mode. However, one low monthly payment, can quickly turn into ten low monthly payments. Before you know it, as soon as your paycheck comes in, it goes straight out the door to pay off what you owe.

Low monthly payments don’t “hack” the financial system. You’re spending money on interest versus earning interest on your investments. Stop surviving on debt and start building wealth.

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Get out of financial survival mode! Live the life you’ve envisioned (without money getting in the way). 
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