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Understanding Profit

Everyone understands the concept of profit right? Well, apparently not, although it’s not their fault. Everyone thinks they understand, and on one level they might. Let’s talk a little bit about profit, and what’s going on with the economy right now.

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First, the generic discussion about profit. One achieves profit when they have money left over after taking care of their expenses. That’s a very simplistic vision of profit, but I want to start simply. For personal wages, if, after you get paid, you can pay your bills and still have some money left over, you’ve earned a “profit”. Now, you might squander that money needlessly later on, but you did have a profit for awhile.
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20 Personal Finance Ideas

There was a news story some years ago titled 20 Personal Finance Do’s And Dont’s. It was a pretty good story, and though I’m not going to quote it, I am going to list the 20, and add my own commentary. I recommend you go to the story to see what they had to say for each of them.

1. Don’t try to predict the future.

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This one is a no-brainer, and yet it’s not how most of us live. If we didn’t, would there be a stock market? The smart thing is to plan for the future instead of predicting it; you protect yourself better that way.
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The Most Important Financial Consideration You Should Have Your Mind On

At different periods in time there are job losses, houses being repossessed, businesses in disarray, companies going into bankruptcy or shutting their doors forever… the list goes on and on. There’s no such thing as a stable economy; if one things going well something else isn’t.

hospital bills
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We’ve had numerous conversations about saving money, paying down bills, how to buy things at less cost, eliminating debt, and a host of other recommendations that are all very good. One thing that’s been somewhat lost, yet always makes its presence felt, is health care coverage. We need to talk about how important it is to maintain health care coverage for you and your family.
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How Does Your Money Flow?

Whenever we hear about workers being laid off, people being fired, companies being closed or government shutdowns, we start thinking about our own money and what we’d do if suddenly we didn’t have a viable income to pay our bills and incidentals such as food, gas, and occasional entertainment. Sometimes we get it off our minds as soon as possible because it’s happening to “someone” else, but the reality is that sometimes it’s happening to people who are making money and they don’t know it.

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Do you give much thought to how your money flows? Being solvent isn’t always enough. Sure, you’re paying your bills, eating well and having fun, but what happens if an emergency crops up? Can you pay for a new muffler without maximizing your credit card? Can you afford to pay a plumber if your bathtub starts leaking from your upstairs bathroom into your kitchen?
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Weaning Yourself Off Credit Cards

There’s a news story indicating that upwards of 29% of Americans spend no actual cash on purchases. It also states that those earning $75,000 or more are twice as likely to never use cash as those making around $30,000.

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Although the article doesn’t mention which, this means that more people are using either credit or debit cards when they go shopping. For many this isn’t an issue; for others it’s problematic.
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