A Part Of All You Earn Is Yours To Keep

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I am swinging back into my Prosperity Secrets theme from February, and wanted to start out with some practical tips that deal right with your finances.

I work with a lot of buyers and come to know their situation. Often people can't buy a home because of their credit, sometimes people are delayed in buying because they don't have money down.  

I am reading the George S. Clason classic The Richest Man In Babylon.  In there the prosperous character is teaching others eager to hear about how he became the richest man in the city by learning that A PART OF ALL YOU EARN IS YOURS TO KEEP.

For those of you doing this it may sound like a no brainer.  However, working in this business, and having my own challenges in the past, I know this is not a simple concept more most.  You want to PAY YOURSELF AT LEAST 10% of what your earn.  You want to soon after have this money go to work for you!  Financial talk show host Dave Ramsey would want you first to have 3-6 months in the bank for an emergency fund, but after that you want this money to be working for you.

IF your doing this great!  See still if you can look through your budget and find more money that can go to work for you.  If your not doing this, then sit down and look over your budget and see what you can do to start paying yourself.  Having read this book before I know it goes into working out deals with your creditors so you can still pay yourself first even if your budget seems to be 100% accounted for by your bills.

Thus, it would be a great idea to pick up this book The Richest Man In Babylon or attend a financial course like Financial Peace University to help get you on track.


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Chuck Carstensen is a Realtor with RE/MAX Results in Elk River and Cambridge, MN.  Helping buyers, sellers and investors in great Minnesota counties like Sherburne, Isanti, Wright, Anoka, Chisago, Hennipen and Mille Lacs. He is a Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE).

Contact Chuck by emailing him at chuck.carstensen@results.net or by phone at 612-290-3809. 



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Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
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Good morning Chuck,

This concept is an enormous part of "working smarter" - great post!

Apr 17, 2012 07:19 PM #1
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

You are seeing it correctly and this thought process is a must that all of us should follow. How often has it been said, if you haven't paid yourself first, you have worked for nothing.

Thank you for sharing the post with all of us.

Apr 17, 2012 07:51 PM #2
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi Check, excellent suggestion.  Look forward to more of these.  Have a great Wednesday!

Apr 17, 2012 08:16 PM #3
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Good Morning,  Saving is always a good idea.  We waste a lot on unnecessary "stuff". Thank you for an important reminder.  I'll go look for that book.

Apr 17, 2012 08:20 PM #4
Jordon Wheeler
The Jordon Wheeler Group - Fairburn, GA
J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service

Hey Chuck,

I'm with you on this one.  Sometimes the creditors are screaming so loud, you have to find that quiet place where you value you - and pay yourself.  Thanks and best of success to you this year!

Apr 19, 2012 12:37 PM #5
Laura Filip
Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life - Whitesboro, TX
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Chuck great post thank you for sharing it with us. Have a blessed day

Apr 29, 2012 05:39 AM #6
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