Financial Literacy, investment, life insurance, Personal Finance, savings, stock market

My Punk Rock Personal Finance Habits

I was born poor and life for me was not easy. My father is from Bicol and my mother is from the Visayas. They met in a bag factory in Angono,Rizal. My father lost his job when he was like 55 years old because the factory he was working at closed down and my mother did not work since they got married. It was a very difficult situation for my brother and my three sisters because we struggled financially. Luckily, I had a punk rock attitude. Punk is a mentality. It is represented by one who does not swallow outright what people tell them or people normally do. Just like punk rock music that I can relate to my attitude on how I practice personal finance.

I never had qualms about working hard. I had to do odd jobs before just to save money while studying in UP. I had jobs like a bagger in a grocery store, store assistant in a video shop, and a waiter in a Hotel. I’m blessed that my family and relatives supported me during those times to finish my studies.  I am thankful because of that  experience, I realized the value of personal finance so that I will not be forever poor in my entire life. As Bill Gates say, if you were born poor,it is not your mistake,but if you die poor,it is your mistake.

Let me share with you some Punk Rock Personal Finance Habits that I practice that I believe can benefit you as well. (Warning: Some of these habits not be for you.)

1. Pay your debts as fast as you can.
2.Do not borrow money to buy things just to impress other people or just to be in. Keeping up with the Joneses is a big bullshit.
3. Cut your credit cards if you plan to pay it in installment. It is a negative compounding interest.
4. Buy more assets than liabilities.
5. Learn to save first before you spend. Do not just save and then you will spend it all afterwards. Set goals for short term, mid term and long term needs. Know your reasons why you need to save.
6. Do not buy things that are not well thought of. Practice delayed gratification.
7. Learn to say “No” to unnecessary expenses that your relatives, friends or officemates offer you. Example: Unplanned activities like travel, dining out, drinking,partying and et cetera.
8. Give up vices like drinking alcohol and smoking. If you cannot quit, minimize it. You can be healthier and you can save money.
9. Bring packed food at work as much as possible.
10. Look for a clean carinderia near from your office rather than buy food from fast food restaurant.
11. If you plan to get into a relationship,look for someone who knows how to save money. If you are already in a relationship to someone who does not save money, you need to change your BF/GF soon.
12. Learn to allocate your income into different categories, use clear book to allocate it. Ex: Savings,Insurance,Investment, Grocery,Tuition Fees, Transportation/Gas Expenses,Loans, Giving, et cetera.
13. Change your money to hundreds from your favorite bank so that you will not be tempted to buy something just to break down your Ph1,000 and you can easily allocate your funds.
14. Practice charity. Help your church or help someone in need.
15. Have an emergency fund. Have at least 6 months of your monthly salary and open a bank account for it.
16. Get life insurance so if death comes your family will be financially stable without you.
17. Get health cards so that if you will get sick you will not have to shell out cash.
18. Get dread disease insurance for you to be protected from Cancer, Heart Attack, Diabetes which you will need money if these dread diseases happen to you.
19. Insure your non-life assets like your car/s and properties.
20. Minimize taking a cab or uber/grab. If it will not cause you harm, use Jeepney,MRT,LRT,Bus going to work. Leave early from your house to go to work so that you will not be in a hurry and you will not take the cab.
21. Learn to invest be it in stocks,pooled funds,bonds,money markets and real estate. Make it a habit to invest.
22. Do  not believe everything you see in social media about seemingly successful life of people, you might not know that they are full of debts already. You will be tempted to copy their lifestyle but your budget will not allow it.Fake news are everywhere,  how much more fake people.
23. Buy sale items.
24. Live within your daily budget. Let us say your allowance is Ph200 a day,do not overspend.
25. Learn to enjoy your income as well but not splurging. You set a budget for it like dining out,vacation, travel and many more.
26. Pratice Kurot Principle. If you want to buy worth Ph40k cellphone, you should have earned at least 400k.
27. Read books,attend seminars, talk to professionals  and study about Personal Finance.
28. Choose your friends wisely. Avoid people who are pessimistic, spender, and do not take actions of their goals in life.
29. Learn to have extra income aside from your job. Learn to sell. Do multiple sources of income either active income or passive income.
30. Pray for the success of other people.

It does not matter if how much you earn but it is how much you can save and invest.  I do not care if people will think of me as so frugal but what is important for me is my financial goals for my family.If I will not practice Personal Finance now, most likely I will be part of the 63% of Filipinos who will be broke at age 60 and I do not want that. Majority of people will not do Financial Planning that is why we need to change our attitude when it comes to handling our finances.

I do like to live a simple life that I do not want to lease my lifestyle today just to look glamorous for other people. I do not want to pretend that I only look rich but I do not have savings, life insurance and investments. It is priceless for me to have a peace of mind that I do not have any worries about paying bills for the things that I borrowed from the bank which are unplanned. What is important for me is even though I am not earning big yet but I can manage it to grow because of these habits. I look forward that you also practice some of my Punk Rock Personal Finance Habits and we will be part of the Filipinos will achieve Financial Independence in the future.

 

 

Archie M. Yuki
Financial Planner,Investment Consultant and Insurance Specialist
4th floor Karina Bldg., No. 33 Shaw Blvd. Pasig City
Tel No. 571-3274
Mobile Number. 0917-5769607, 0923-4941362
Email Address: archieyuki30@gmail.com

 

 

Reference:

http://danawilliams2.tripod.com/punk.html

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Financial Literacy, Personal Finance, savings

Parkinson’s Law:The reason why we fail to save money.

 

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Few years ago or many years ago, when you just started working,your income was small. You survived on that level of income and you thought that your salary was not enough that was why you did not save money. But today,your income is higher but it is impossible for you to save still. The reason for this is because you are under the Parkinson’s Law. It is a law that states that the work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.  So, if you will rephrase the law, it says: The expenses expand so as to fill the unnecessary wants to spend all the incremental salary instead of saving it. While you income is increasing, your spending will increase as well but you fail to save money for you to use for your future expenses. Instead, you get yourself into building more liabilities than assets and you start believing that it is impossible to save money.

Saving money is behavioural. It is how you set your mind to prioritize your saving money first before you spend. If you think your salary is small, you can still set aside some of it, if you want to. It is not about when you earn bigger, that’s the time that you will start to save. You should start right away, when you got your first job.  Saving should be always part of your budget because you need to pay yourself as well. When you spend all your income, you are paying other people first. Your priorities will be your bills that you have to pay every month which you will not benefit in the long run. You will make other people rich but not yourself that is why Meralco, SM, Petron, Globe and other big companies are getting richer because for sure we need to pay them. We never pay ourselves as well through saving. Ideally, you should set aside from 10%-20% of your income. If you are not comfortable yet setting aside 20% of your salary because you have so many liabilities,you can start with 10% savings. If you think that 10% is still big,try 8%,if not,try 5%. The important thing about this is creating a habit,start where you are most comfortable. Even though, you start saving small at first and gradually, you can increase the saving percentage of your income in the near future. From 5% saving percentage, you can now save 20% of your income.

We have to break the Parkinson’s Law for us to save effectively. Everytime that your salary increases or if you have bonuses,make it a habit that you have to save 50% of it right away and use the 50% to other things that you like to add to your lifestyle. You need to allocate your income for you to have directions where your money should go. Practice to increase your savings rather than increasing your expenses when your income goes up. Always use this formula: Income-Savings= Expenses, rather than Income- Expenses= Savings.

Building your savings will be your muscle for you to start to become Financially Independent. You can now grow your money through investing and protect your income as well because we are not going to work for the rest of our lives. Saving should not be the only goal but it is the foundation for you to achieve your financial goals in life. Breaking the Parkinson’s Law will benefit you for you to be effective and efficient in handling your finances. Let’s beat the Parkinson’s Law.

Let’s all be financially free!

 

Archie M. Yuki
Financial Adviser,Investment Consultant and Insurance Specialist
4th floor Karina Bldg., No. 33 Shaw Blvd. Pasig City
Tel No. 571-3274
Mobile Number. 0917-5769607, 0923-4941362
Email Address: archieyuki30@gmail.com
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Invest in Yourself

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As a Financial Literacy Advocate, I always teach to invest in yourself first for you to acquire knowledge and that knowledge will give you the best returns in your life. In our times, information is really fast and sometimes we cannot really understand what are the things that will really benefit us particularly in Personal Finance. Most of the time if you are not careful about deciding how to do with your hard-earned money, you will fall into quick rich-schemes which promise high returns and guarantees with a very low risk. This can be a tragedy to a person who works hard to earn his money and turned out that he will lose it all because of not investing to himself first.

There are so many professionals that you can talk to guide you without any biases and can really guide you the complete approach when it comes to your Personal Finance needs. It is important that you study first what to do if you want to start to create a Financial Plan. You deserve to know all the things that you have to know when you create a Financial Plan in a holistic way.

I recently met Mr. Peter Yung,AFP  and I was in awe with him because he shared many things about Financial Planning. He told me that every person has different needs and therefore it requires different solutions as well for their personal finance. I totally agree with him so that the person can get the best fit financial plan for the circumstance of his/her life. A Financial Planner should understand what the client needs from now to the future needs of the client. His business is also in Financial Planning but he is an independent Financial Planner. The advantage of this is you can get an advise from him without any bias. It means that he can advise you  the best Financial Plan that you really need not because of he is representing a particular company. I think this idea is way better than being pushed by a seller who really needs a commission from you.

You may check his company if you need to learn about Financial Planning and he can help you to choose the best financial plan for yourself and for your family. You can get a consultation from them. You may check their website at

http://www.vanguardph.com/

I got this from their page about Financial Planning:

http://www.vanguardph.com/financial-planning/

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The wisest thing to do is to invest in yourself first to know what is the best Financial Plan for you and don’t just settle for the things that you do not totally understand before you jump into investing. Make it a habit to read books, blogs, attend seminars about Personal Finance so that you can maximize the learnings  and you can use it for you to become Financially Literate and reap the benefits in the future.

I hope that you learn something about investing in yourself first!

I hope  that we all achieve our Financial goals for ourselves and for our love ones.

God bless Philippines!

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Archie M. Yuki
Financial Planner,Investment Consultant and Insurance Specialist
4th floor Karina Bldg., No. 33 Shaw Blvd. Pasig City
Tel No. 571-3274
Mobile Number. 0917-5769607, 0923-4941362
Email Address: archieyuki30@gmail.com

 

 

 

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Personal Finance

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There was a story about a company driver who earned his salary every Saturday. But every Wednesday afternoon he got his salary in advance and it had been a habit. His boss wanted to know if what would happen if he gave an advance salary on Wednesday and he would still give him a complete salary on Saturday. The boss did it, the driver was really happy because as if he just got a bonus  because he got his salary in advance and and he would receive the full salary still on Saturday. After one week, Wednesday came and the boss was waiting if his driver would still request an advance of his salary and luckily the driver did not. The boss was happy because the driver did not need get his salary in advance but came Thursday afternoon the driver requested an advance of his salary again. He was back again from his old behaviour that he cannot manage his finances even though he had a surplus.

If we don’t have a discipline in handling our finances, making more will not help. The Bible says at Luke 16:10, “If you are faithful in little things,you will be honest in big things.But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest in greater responsibilities”. It is easier said and done. We always hear that we have to save and invest but even a lot of us know it already yet we still do not do it.  You can see a lot of posts in Social Media about saving and investing but less than 1% of Filipinos only invest in Philippine Stock Market. According to statistics, 63% of the Filipinos will be broke upon retirement that is why Personal Finance is important to practice.

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What is a Personal Finance?

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Here are my suggestions to have a good behaviour about personal finance:

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