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Financial Virtue

Persuasive advertisers often encourage you to buy their products with a sense of urgency, as they insist that you can’t afford to miss out on the latest fashions or their amazing sales. When you’re spending your money, sometimes you may feel under pressure to act quickly to get the best deal.

Most times, applying a little patience when spending will not let you miss out on must-have items or a once-in-a-lifetime shopping event. In fact, taking your time and thinking twice before you hand over your money can help you to avoid making impulsive purchases that you may regret in the future.

Before you commit to any purchase, ask yourself if it is the best use for your hard-earned dollars. Are there more important purposes to which your funds could be allocated? If you postpone your purchase until the following day, you may actually be relieved that you didn’t give into the desire to spend.

Defer getting into debt

Lending companies also promote the idea that you don’t need to wait for what you want, as you can attain all the items on your financial wish-list if your credit rating permits you to borrow. The concept of saving to obtain the finer things of life is almost obsolete, as your dream is just one loan away.

Experience has taught me that consumer debt is easy to get into and extremely hard to come out of. If you used your credit card to buy the latest high-end smart phone and your bank account is empty, you should be questioning your priorities. Is it worth paying loan interest just to keep up with the Joneses?

Instead of borrowing to buy luxuries, save for them or try to increase your earnings to match your desired lifestyle. Once you have fallen into the debt trap, it will definitely require a lot of time and patience for you to extricate yourself and get back on the road to financial stability.

Slow but steady savings

Another area in which you have to exercise extreme patience is with your savings growth. With the low interest rates currently available on savings accounts, some people choose to forgo saving to spend, or look for more lucrative ways to turn over their money for profit.

Apart from the fact that saving teaches you about making sacrifices and builds discipline, the act of saving is essential to create a store of money for emergency purposes. You also need to save to amass lump sums that can be used for goals such as the down payment on a home.

To get the most from your savings, opt for term deposit accounts that may offer higher interest rates, and ensure that the interest you earn is added to your principal every month. With lots of time and a little patience, the magic of compound interest will allow your savings to grow exponentially.