Common Distractions - deal with 'em

Life is full of common distractions that lead us to desire something, someone or some place that we believe will make us a happier and more fulfilled individual.

In the face of all these distractions, we still have to be good money managers. That means we'll have to learn how to deal with these ever-present temptations and distractions. If we don't, we'll be reaching for our wallet more often than we should.

Life is full of distractions that can easily become a problem for us.

People who otherwise might be well focused on managing money can become sidetracked. Here is just a taste of what can be distracting for us:

  • flashy advertising everywhere we turn
  • special sales promotions at stores
  • get rich quick schemes
  • friends with everything
  • sexy and fascinating things
  • appeals to our desires instead of our needs
If we're going to be good at managing money, we need to learn how to ignore the common distractions in life - the things that tend to take us off course and "into the bushes". Distractions can't be avoided unless you live in a cave, so learn how to ignore them.

First and foremost in my book is ignoring the television. If we can beat our TV addiction, then we'll enjoy many benefits like more money in our pocket, more quality of life, and more satisfaction with our lives.

Even if you're not a big fan of TV, there are lots of adventures in advertising that await you on the radio, in newspapers, on billboards, in magazines, and pasted on the sides of buildings and across storefronts all over the place. There is one reason we see so much advertising - it works to move products and sell services.

Don't get me wrong. Advertising isn't all bad. Many times it informs us of products and services that are indeed useful in our lives, and often quite beneficial.

The problem is when we focus on a gadget, a gizmo, or something else that isn't necessary, and then we invest our time, energy and financial resources into it when all the while we should have been focused on something else.

Learn to avoid common distractions and you'll keep more money in your pocket for things that are truly important and useful in your life.

Done with Common Distractions, back to Managing Money

There certainly is a broad scope of topics here at Frugal Living Freedom. When you think about it, money permeates so very many activities in our lives, therefore, being frugal encompasses a wide range of interests, from being employed to taking a vacation, and just about everything in between. Enjoy the variety, pick up some new ideas, and start making frugality a part of your signature.

I'm a big proponent of being debt-free, and I mean entirely debt-free - no mortgage payment. It's not essential for financial freedom, but you'll love the feeling once you get there. If you didn't have a rent or mortgage payment, how much more could you do for yourself with your current level of income? I suspect plenty.

If you ever hope to see an abundance of wealth, you need to plug the hole in your boat. The wealthy don't necessarily make lots of money, instead, they know how to hang onto what they make, and make it work for them.