Viscious Cycle: Donâ€™t Make Enough Money to Invest, but Need to Invest to Make More Money
How many of you donâ€™t think you have enough money to start investing? Living paycheck to paycheck and keeping track of where every penny goes, you have enough trouble making ends meet from day to day, much less putting money away for a rainy day. Many of us that are just starting out, or perhaps starting over, might read this blog to get investment ideas for the future. Not seeing how investments can fit into our tight budgets in the present, we think all the advice we hear is for someone else, or for us to file away for â€œsomeday.â€
While those of us that live on a shoestring budget are wise to be cautious, the truth is that we should not allow this caution to stunt our growth. Everyone has the potential to invest in their futures â€“ we just may need to take different approaches.
I recently read an article on this topic entitled How to Invest When You're Broke, which provides some good advice for investors (or soon-to-be investors). In this article Harry Domash makes the point that even small investments can add up very quickly. For example, if you save $10 a week (maybe by sacrificing your daily Starbucks coffee) you could have as much as $10,000 after ten years if you choose the right investment.
So how do you get started? Domash advises that investors in this situation stick with more safe investments, such as mutual funds, which spread your money out. While most people automatically think of stocks when they first think of investing, if you only have enough money to buy one or two stocks this is a risky move. The key to lower risk is to diversify your investments. Putting all your money in one place is like putting all your eggs in one basket. As a result itâ€™s probably best to play it safe until you reach a point where the fluctuation of the market canâ€™t make or break you.
Iâ€™d like to hear any other advice you have â€“ or if you have similar experiences share them! Remember - live for today, but plan your finances for tomorrow and make 22 dollars from your 22 cents.