Since I became a full time YouTube creator my 4 year old daughter wants to be a YouTuber too. I’m waiting until she is a little bit older but I’ve mapped out lots of YouTube video ideas for kids that she can eventually make.
Does your child want to create YouTube videos too? If so this list might help you!
YouTube Video Ideas For Kids
The following list of video ideas are all videos kids can create for YouTube. There are lots of ideas so there is something for all types of kids!
1. Introduction Video
Your first video on YouTube might be an introduction video. You can introduce yourself or your channel and let people learn a little bit about you.
2. Family Vlog
Let your kids show off a day in the life of your family. Or you can focus the vlog around an event or special ritual your family has like pancakes on Saturdays or hiking the trails near your house.
3. Toy Reviews
Kids love to watch other kids play with and review toys. You can start making these toy review videos with toys your child already owns and then move on to toys companies will send you for free.
4. Toy Unboxings
Not only are toy reviews popular but so are simple unboxing videos. Next time your child gets a toy you can film the unboxing of it to show other kids what comes with that toy and how it looks upon first open.
5. Art Videos
Kids that love arts and crafts can make videos for YouTube showing off their skills. Record the crafts you create showing step-by-step instructions or record timelapses of painting to set to music for videos.
6. Travel Vlogs
Trips are a great way to create videos for kids. Traveling allows kids to experience something new and share that experience via video and their thoughts about the trip. Record lots of video b-roll from your trip to put it together in a vlog format.
7. Place Reviews
Similar to travel vlogs, kids can review places they visits for YouTube. This could be a review of local parks, theme parks, or attractions as big as Disney World.
8. Entertainment Reviews
Have you ever listened to a 5 year old explain the superhero movie they just watched? This could be a YouTube video! Kids can share plots and reviews of the movies and TV shows they love.
9. App Reviews
Lots of kids love and use apps on their phone or tablet. Reviewing the app or a list of apps can make a useful video for other kids and parents as well.
10. Prank Videos
This video style for kids needs to be monitored and approved by an adult but it can be super fun to do for kids. Planning and executing pranks that are safe and age appropriate can be fun on and off camera.
11. Routine Videos
Did you know routine videos are not just for adults? Routines are great for kids and letting them share things like their morning routine can help them take ownership of it and create a fun video.
12. Comedy Videos
Is your child hilarious? Do they like to act? Make comedy sketches to put on Youtube as videos. Talk these video ideas over with your child first to make sure they keep it clean and safe.
13. Life Hacks For Kids
Life hack videos are great YouTube content whether it’s for kids or adults. Your kiddo can create videos showcasing kid friendly life hacks that make things easier.
14. Hairstyles For Kids
Do you love to do hair? Does your child do their own hair? These videos can be excellent to show off different hairstyles kids can do for themselves. You can also share hair care techniques and products.
15. Beauty & Fashion Tips
Similar to the hairstyle videos, you can make beauty tip videos for kids. Sharing off what products and fashion you like as a kid will appeal to other kids your age.
16. Slime Videos
Slime is a category of it’s own on YouTube and kids love to make slime videos. You can create videos making unique slime and showing it off.
17. Gaming Videos
Chances are your child already plays some type of game like Minecraft. If they are already spending hours per week on the game they can also create videos about playing the game.
18. Reaction Videos
Kids reacting to things is a whole genre and these videos can do quite well with expressive kids. You can let kids react to videos on YouTube or react to things in real life like seeing things they’ve never encountered before.
19. Workout Videos
Kids can be fit! You can make videos showcasing your workouts or sports skills. My daughter’s friend started a YouTube channel sharing videos of his exercises at home and it inspired her to be more active too.
20. Dance Videos
TikTok helped make dancing videos popular and now most kids want to make and share them online. Why not let your kid show off their skills in either long form or short form videos?
21. Pet Videos
If your child doesn’t want to be the focus of videos on YouTube they may want to make videos about their pet. These videos could be about the pet, how to take care of their pet, products their pet uses, etc.
22. Timelapse Videos
What project is your kid working on that will take an extended time period? You can create a timelapse showing the progress for a YouTube video. This could be things like recording plant growth, long projects, or anything they find interesting.
23. Cooking Videos
Kids can show off their skills in the kitchen with cooking YouTube videos. You can record making your favorite recipe or how you learned certain skills like using a knife safely.
24. Food Reviews
Kids can be super picky so reviewing unique foods could be a great video option. Kids can review foods and share their thoughts on taste, texture, whether it’s worth eating or not.
25. Food Challenges
Similar to food reviews, kids can do food related challenges where they eat something on camera. Parents need to monitor and approve food challenges so kids stay safe, but it can make for great videos.
26. Decor Videos
Unique rooms and decor can be popular on YouTube and give your child something to showcase. Let your kid film their decor and any home DIY projects they work on for the home.
27. Home Tour
Seeing homes from the kids perspective can be interesting because it’s often different than the adult version. Create a video showing off your house and your favorite things in it. Let an adult review the video before posting to keep any sensitive information offline.
28. How To Make Money Videos
Do you have a kid friendly way to make money? Share it in a video! These videos can be very popular on YouTube because the topic is widely searched by teens and even kids. People love to know how to make income as a student.
Is your child always making up characters and acting out scenes? Record it for a skit video for YouTube!
Kids participating in interviews can be hilarious and great YouTube content. Let your kid ask questions of a friend or family member or you can interview them for unique and funny answers.
YouTube For Kids Summary
In conclusion, there are lots of options for kids who want to make YouTube videos! Hopefully these ideas help you find the right option for videos your kid can make and share with others.
My daughter, her friends, her cousins, and most kids I know love YouTube. They watch cartoons, skits, unboxings, coloring and all sorts of great videos. It’s both entertainment and education for kids.
Remember that while most kids love YouTube it also needs to be something a parent monitors. Make sure the videos watched and created are age appropriate and safe for kids.
As long as you keep an eye on it YouTube can be a fantastic place for kids!
Need a little boost in your financial journey? Sometimes you just need to work on your mindset. These positive money affirmations can help you improve your mindset and bring about financial abundance in your life.
In this post we look at the money affirmations that work for building positive money mindsets. They can help you let go of negative money beliefs and improve your financial habits.
If you’re someone that wants to overcome anxiety and improve your mindset then these money affirmations might work for you.
In this guide we look at what money affirmations are, how to use them, why they can help and share a list of many financial affirmations you can use that truly work.
What are money affirmations?
Many people use positive affirmations in the area of self-improvement to level up their confidence or self-esteem. These affirmations often help people change their mindset and achieve greater things in life.
Did you know using positive money affirmations can also shift your beliefs about money?
Many of us grow up with incorrect beliefs about money or negative feelings around financial abundance. These negative thought patterns are often built into our lives and not even recognized consciously.
Money affirmations can help change this.
These money affirmations can:
build a more positive relationship with money
manifest financial abundance (both money and other things)
improve anxiety around spending money
help correct negative money mindsets from the past
Money is necessary to survive and thrive in the world we live in. Wouldn’t you want to improve the relationship you have with money and bring about financial abundance to your life?
Applying money affirmations to your life might feel a bit strange at first, but for many people it leads to achieving big financial goals like paying off debt and building wealth.
I’ll be honest, I found many of them strange at first. But with any growth, the beginning is uncomfortable but builds a foundation for success.
Now let’s look at some money affirmations that work for manifesting financial abundance.
Money Affirmations For Abundance
Want to start building an abundance mindset in your life? Try out these money affirmations.
Money flows to me easily.
I am a money magnet.
I love being a money magnet.
Money comes to me in expected and unexpected ways.
I attract wealth, abundance, and joy.
I do great things with the abundance I receive.
I have a healthy savings account.
My income increases everyday.
I am worthy of abundance.
I am surrounded by abundance.
There is always more where that came from.
I am wealthy and successful
I attract prosperity into my life.
There are no limits to the money I attract.
I love money for what it does for me.
Money flows to me, through me and from me in abundance.
I attract money quickly and easily.
Money is energy and energy is an unlimited resource.
I attain all the wealth and abundance I desire easily.
Money pours into my life every day.
I trust money is always coming to me.
I receive money easily and effortlessly.
Money is energy and I match the vibration of money.
I breathe in abundance and breathe out what no longer serves me.
I am open to money that comes to me for the highest good of all.
Abundance surrounds me everywhere.
I am rich beyond my imagination.
Affirmations For Financial Success
Do you feel like you want financial success but can’t achieve it? Turn around your mindset with these positive money affirmations.
Success is always flowing to me.
I am worthy of success.
I attract opportunities for success.
There are no limits to the success I achieve.
I am a magnet for successful ideas.
I am compensated richly for the good I do in this world.
I learn lessons every day that bring me abundance and wealth.
Positive Money Affirmations For Mindset
How you think about money is your money mindset and for many of us it is very negative. Try to work on building a positive money mindset with these affirmations.
I improve my relationship with money every day.
I am mindful of building wealth in my life.
My thoughts create my reality.
I let go of my financial past and forgive myself for mistakes.
I am open to new beliefs around money.
I am ready for new abundance.
I deserve abundance.
My prosperity is inevitable.
I am in control of my spending.
Money allows me to live my dream life.
I enjoy managing and investing my money.
I am as wealthy as I want to be and have financial freedom.
Changing Your Relationship With Money
Using money affirmations is all about changing the relationship you have with money. Changing your conscious and subconscious thought patterns about money can improve your life.
It’s great to learn about personal finance and implement best practices while also improving your mindset with affirmations.
Without changing your relationship with money you will constantly fall into the same bad financial habits over and over.
While you use money affirmations daily you’ll want to also check in on your relationship with money. You can do this by asking yourself a few questions:
What do I feel about my financial situation right now?
Do I feel anxious or depressed about money?
Does it feel like I will never succeed financially?
Is money something I treat with respect?
Do I feel guilty about spending money?
Often in the beginning of a financial journey you will have mostly negative answers to these questions.
Over time by using positive money affirmations you can change your answers to more positive ones. As you feel this happening you’ll see improvement in all areas of your financial life.
How To Use Money Affirmations
Building a routine in your day that includes using money affirmations is the best way to successfully use them. This will insure that you use them over and over and continue to build a positive mindset.
The most common way to use money affirmations is to simply repeat them. Over and over repeating the affirmation about money helps change your belief.
In theory your subconscious mind is reprogrammed by the repetition as you repeat the new belief.
Even if you don’t feel like they are working at first you will become more comfortable with the sayings over time.
Listening To Affirmations
Another great way to use money affirmations is to just listen to them. You can look them up on YouTube to play in the background or just record yourself repeating them over and over.
You can play them and listen actively or just listen in the background as you go about your daily activities.
Either way, listening is a great way to let your brain soak up the positive money affirmations you are trying to take in.
Money Affirmation Routines
A common way to use affirmations is to build them into an existing routine like bedtime. This is when you are often relaxed and in a more suggestible state when affirmations can take hold.
Your routine would look something like this:
Lay down and close your eyes (give yourself at least 5 minutes before desired bedtime).
Visualize a future version of yourself that is good with money and succesful.
Repeat 3-5 financial abundance affirmations:
I AM WORTHY OF ABUNDANCE
I AM SURROUNDED BY ABUNDANCE
I AM GRATEFUL FOR MY ABUNDANCE
Continue your visualization while remembering your future you is full of and grateful for abundance. Visualize your dreams that came true in this future vision of yourself.
This is just one way to use affirmations successfully in your life.
There are other ways you can research and test out to find the most effective method for yourself, whether it’s writing out your affirmations for money and success or just repeating them while driving to work.
Resources For Financial Abundance
These financial affirmations will help you start changing your money mindset but sometimes you want to really dive deep.
In that case you can delve deep into learning financial abundance and improving your relationship with money by reading the following books.
"Think and Grow Rich" is a motivational personal development book written by Napoleon Hill. The philosophy taught in the book can help people grow financial abundance, succeed in work and improve their lives.
This classic book introduces readers to a 40-day prosperity plan which points out to readers what "money" really is and teaches a six-step program which shows them how to free their minds from limiting beliefs.
As a student, you’re probably looking for ways to make some extra money. And if you’re like most people, you want to find a way that doesn’t require too much work. Why else would you be searching for passive income ideas for students?
Passive income is a great way to make money without putting in much money upfront. It’s an ideal option for students because you have lots of time but not a lot of capital.
There are many different ways to earn passive income for students, and we’ve compiled a list of some of the best options here.
No matter what route you choose, it’s important to get started right away. It can take time to start generating passive income!
What is Passive Income?
Before we dive into the different ways you can start earning passive income, let’s first define what it is.
Passive income is defined as “an income that is received regularly, with little effort required to maintain it.”
In other words, it’s money that you make without having to put in additional work. This can be from investments, such as stocks or real estate, or from other sources, such as selling digital products online.
Passive income is a great way to make money in my opinion. It’s what I’ve built my whole business around. You put in effort or money upfront but continue to make money for years to come.
Once you start generating passive income, it can provide you with a consistent stream of income that can help you pay off your student loans, start investing for your future, or simply free up your time to focus on other things.
Ways To Make Passive Income As A Student
There are many different ways to generate passive income, and we’ve compiled a list of some of the best options below.
Before we go through the list, remember that passive income can’t be generated from nothing. You need to invest either time or money upfront to get passive income streams going. It’s important to be realistic about making passive income before you get started.
With that said, let’s look at some passive income ideas for students!
Here are a few ways to earn passive income:
start a blog
start a youtube channel
sell stock photos
become a social media influencer
sell digital products online
sell stock photos
rent out a room on Airbnb
earn rent from a roommate
Now let’s cover these each with a little more information in case you want to get started making passive income!
Start a Blog
If you’re looking for a more long-term passive income idea, starting a blog is a great option. Blogging can take some time to get started, but it can be a great way to earn passive income over time.
To get started, all you need to do is choose a topic for your blog and start writing articles. Once you have a few articles published, you can start promoting your site and attracting readers.
If you’re looking for a passive income idea that you can grow over time, starting a blog is a great option. It may take some time to get started, but it can be a great way to earn money in the long run.
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If you’re looking for a another long-term passive income idea, affiliate marketing is a great option. Affiliate marketing is when you promote products or services for companies and earn a commission from sales.
To get started, you’ll need to find a product or service to promote. Once you’ve found something to promote, you can start writing articles or making videos about it.
You can then promote your affiliate links on your blog or YouTube channel. You’ll earn a commission when someone clicks on your link and makes a purchase.
If you’re looking for a passive income idea that you can grow over time, affiliate marketing is a great option. It may take some time to get started, but it can be a great way to earn money in the long run.
Want some help with affiliate marketing? Check out these guides:
Another great way to earn passive income for students is to start a YouTube channel. If you have a knack for video, this can be a great way to make money.
To get started, all you need to do is create a YouTube account and start uploading videos. Once your videos are published, you can enable advertising and start earning money from views.
YouTube is a great way to make passive income because you can earn money without doing much work. Once your videos are published, you don’t have to do anything else except wait for people to watch them.
If you’re looking for a passive income idea that you can do from anywhere, then a YouTube channel is a great option. You can film videos on your phone or computer and then earn money while you’re doing other things.
Curious how to make passive income on YouTube? Read these articles:
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Sell Stock Photos
Another easy way to start earning passive income is to sell stock photos. There are many different stock photo websites, such as Shutterstock and iStock, where you can sell your photos.
To get started, all you need to do is create an account on a stock photo website and upload your photos. Once your photos are approved, they will be available for people to purchase.
When someone buys one of your photos, you will earn a commission. And the best part is, you don’t have to do anything else after you upload your photos.
If you’re looking for a passive income idea that you can do from anywhere, selling stock photos is a great option. You can upload your photos from your phone or computer and then earn money while you’re doing other things.
Invest in Stocks
Investing in stocks is another great way to start earning passive income. When you invest in stocks, you’re buying a piece of a company.
If the company does well, the stock will increase in value, and you can sell it for a profit. And if the company doesn’t do well, the stock will go down in value, and you can sell it for a loss.
Investing in stocks is a great way to start earning passive income because it doesn’t require much work. Once you’ve bought the stock, you don’t have to do anything else except wait for the value to go up or down.
These are just a few of the many different ways you can start earning passive income as a college student. These are some great options to consider if you’re looking for ways to make money without having to work too hard.
Rent Out a Room on Airbnb
One of the easiest ways to start earning passive income is to rent out a room on Airbnb. If you have an extra room in your house or apartment, you can list it on Airbnb and start earning money from guests who stay there.
Airbnb is a great way to make passive income because you can earn money without doing much work. Once you list your room, you don’t have to do anything else except wait for guests to book it.
To get started, all you need to do is create an account on Airbnb and list your room. You can set your own price and decide when you want to rent it out.
If you’re looking for a passive income idea that requires little effort, renting out a room on Airbnb is a great option.
Earn Rent From a Roommate
If you don’t want to rent out a room on Airbnb, another option is to find a roommate. This is a great way to make some extra money without having to do any work.
You can search online or ask around your college campus to find a roommate. Once you find someone who is interested in living with you, you can sign a lease and start collecting rent.
Collecting rent from a roommate is a great way to make passive income because it requires minimal effort. Once you find a roommate and sign a lease, you can just sit back and collect monthly rent.
More Passive Income Ideas
Not sold on any of the ideas above? Try some of these additional passive income options:
Getting money back for things you already plan to buy is one of the most satisfying things in the world. It’s an easy way to automate every day savings. Here I’m sharing the best cash back apps I personally use to save money.
Using cash back apps has been the best way I save money on groceries. I’m not a coupon cutter and rarely shop sale ads, but I’m happy to scan a receipt or click a link to save money.
Cash back apps are the best way to save money the lazy way!
If you want to take advantage of all the cash back apps and get some more money back in your pocket, check out the following cashback and reward apps that you can use to save.
Best Cash Back Apps
The following are the best cash back apps and reward point apps out there. Using one or all of these will help you save money on things you are already buying.
All of these cash back apps are legitimate, pay out as promised, and keep your data safe with high level security.
Ibotta is one of the largest and best cashback apps for grocery shopping. They have multiple partnerships with large retailers and grocery stores.
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With Ibotta you click on offers and decide what to buy. You add offers to your list for a store and then make the purchase. After the purchase you either have your loyalty card linked or scan your receipt to match up the offers you bought. For each offer you are given cash back into your account.
When you reach $20 in cashback rewards in Ibotta you can then withdraw as cash or gift cards.
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If you are shopping online then you need to sign up for Rakuten and install their browser extension. It automatically detects any cash back opportunities and sends you a ping to let you know. It’s the easiest way to get cash back for any online purchases – you barely have to do anything besides click a link!
When you are using Rakuten a message will pop up automatically when you are on a website. It will let you know how much cash back you can earn. Then you must activate the cash back savings by clicking the link and continuing to shop.
Rakuten works with a variety of retailers from Amazon to Walmart and more. They offer anywhere from 1% to 20% or more cashback. They do this by sharing part of their affiliate commission with you when you click their link to shop.
Rakuten pays out cash and sends you a check or direct deposit to your bank account.
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With Fetch Rewards you can scan receipts from grocery stores, gas stations, and most major retailers. You can also connect your email and earn cash back for spending online at sites like Amazon.
Fetch Rewards is a fantastic app to use because it can be combined with other methods of saving money. Unfortunately it does not pay out in cash and you’ll only be able to get gift cards for your points.
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With Honey the browser extension works by finding coupons for items you purchase online. It also works to find other discounts and lower prices for items you are planning to buy. Automating the process to find the lowest prices helps you save money and earn cash back.
With Honey you earn points and then can use those points to get gift cards and thousands of retailers.
Need a bit of motivation on your debt free journey? These motivational quotes about paying debts might help.
Let’s be honest: paying off debt is difficult.
Even with encouragement and extra income it can be hard to stay on track while chipping away at balances. That’s why you need to continually find motivation in things like visual trackers, money affirmations or these quotes about paying debts.
If you are motivated by inspirational quotes then this post will provide a boost to your debt free journey. In this list we’ve compiled:
quotes about debt
quotes about the dangers of debt
motivational quotes about paying debt
quotes for your debt free journey
biblical quotes about paying debts
Dave Ramsey quotes about debt and money
Between all of these different types of quotes you are sure to find some inspiration to keep going.
Quotes About Debt
Debt enables many people to live a lifestyle they can’t actually afford. These quotes about debt show many recurring themes about carrying debt on items.
Are you ready to pay off your debt? You will be after reading these quotes:
“Every time you borrow money, you’re robbing your future self.” – Nathan W. Morris
“Just because you can buy it, doesn’t mean you can afford it.” – Suze Orman
“Debt basically enables people to live a lie.” – Rachel Cruze
“Rich people plan for three generations. Poor people plan for Saturday night.” – Gloria Steinem
“Some debts are fun when you are acquiring them, but none are fun when you set about retiring them.” – Ogden Nash
“When you buy a bigger house, another luxury car, or a fancy boat, you are showing people that you used to have money.” – Christopher Manske
“The basic thing with frugality is: IF YOU CAN’T AFFORD IT, DON’T BUY IT.” – Harken Headers
“Rich people have small TVs and big libraries, and poor people have small libraries and big TVs.”– Zig Ziglar
“[Credit is a system whereby] a person who can’t pay, gets another person who can’t pay, to guarantee that he can pay.” – Charles Dickens
“Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally. It comes from what you do consistently.” –Marie Forleo
“A good name is still to be preferred over great riches. Especially it is to be preferred to the appearance of riches, acquired with nothing down and nothing to pay for 2 months.” – Ezra Taft Benson
“Creditors have better memories than debtors.” – Benjamin Franklin
“One of the greatest disservices you can do a man is to lend him money that he can’t pay back.” – Jesse H Jones
“Wars in old times were made to get slaves. The modern implement of imposing slavery is debt.” – Ezra Pound
“Don’t let your mouth write a check that your ass can’t cash, son.” – Charles Portis
“Debt is a prolific mother of folly and of crime.” – Benjamin Disraeli
“I make myself rich by making my wants few.” – Henry David Thoreau
“Rich people believe ‘I create my life.” Poor people believe ‘Life happens to me’” – T. Harv Eker
“It’s not your salary that makes you rich, it’s your spending habits.” – Charles A. Jaffe
“Every time you borrow money, you’re robbing your future self.” – Nathan Morris
Quotes About The Danger Of Debt
Do you think debt is dangerous? Or is it just a way of life for people? Many thought leaders past and present have been quoted speaking about debt and the danger of carrying debt.
These quotes might be helpful to wake you up to the reality of being buried in debt:
“To grasp why people bury themselves in debt, you don’t need to study interest rate: you need to study the history of greed, insecurity, and optimism.” – Morgan Housel
“Debt can turn a free, happy person into a bitter human being.” – Michael Mihalik
“Debt is like any other trap, easy enough to get into, but hard enough to get out of.” – Josh Billings
“Before borrowing money from a friend, decide which you need most.” – American Proverb
“The man who never has money enough to pay his debts has too much of something else.” – James Lendall Basford
“Home life ceases to be free and beautiful as soon as it is founded on borrowing and debt.” – Henrik Ibsen
“Do not accustom yourself to consider debt only as an inconvenience; you will find it a calamity.” – Samuel Johnson
“Students who acquire large debts putting themselves through school are unlikely to think about changing society. When you trap people in a system of debt, they can’t afford the time to think.” – Noam Chomsky
“It is the debtor that is ruined by hard times.” – Rutherford B. Hayes
“Debt on anything that depreciates is disastrous.” – Orrin Woodward
“A creditor is worse than a slave-owner; for the master owns only your person, but a creditor owns your dignity and can command it.” – Victor Hugo
“Credit buying is much like being drunk. The buzz happens immediately and gives you a lift… The hangover comes the day after.” – Joyce Brothers
“Interest works night and day; in fair weather and in foul. It gnaws at a man’s substance with invisible teeth.” – Henry Ward Beecher
“Out of debt, out of danger.” – Jerry Voorhis
“Debt is the worst poverty.” –Thomas Fuller
“Debt is great source of inner unhappiness.” – Debasish Mridha
These quotes about paying debt show how debt payoff can be difficult but necessary. Debt freedom is liberating to people.
These motivational quotes about paying debt prove it:
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” -Nelson Mandela
“Pay off your debt first. Freedom from debt is worth more than any amount you can earn.” – Mark Cuban
“Wherever you are, be all there.” –Jim Elliot
“It’s always too early to quit.” –Norman Vincent Peale
“All you can change is yourself, but sometimes that changes everything.” –Gary W. Goldstein
“A healthy and debt free living person is the richest and the happiest.” – Sushmitha Maddula
“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” –C.S. Lewis
“We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are.” –Max Depree
“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” –Napoleon Hill
“The stronger the why, the easier the how becomes.” –Jim Rohn
“Doubting yourself is normal. Letting it stop you is a choice.” –Mel Robbins
“You’re never ready for what you have to do. You just do it. That makes you ready.” –Schreiber
“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” –George Halas
“It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get back up.” –Vince Lombardi
“Without self discipline, success is impossible, period.” –Lou Holtz
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” –Mark Twain
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” –Confucius
“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” –Oscar Wilde
“The middle is messy. But it’s also where the magic happens.” –Brene Brown
“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” –Winston Churchill
Quotes For Your Debt Free Journey
Paying off debt can be difficult and for many people is a journey that takes many years. During that time you will need motivation to continue your debt free journey. Remember to keep going because you can be debt free!
The follow quotes and sayings can provide inspiration during this time:
“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”
“Old ways won’t open new doors.”
“A little progress every day adds up to big results.”
“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.”
“Work for it more than you hope for it.”
“Get into the habit of asking yourself, ‘Does this support the lifestyle I’m trying to create?’”
“Surround yourself with people who push you to be your best self.”
“It’s a slow process, but quitting won’t speed it up.”
“Discipline is doing what needs to be done even when you don’t want to do it.”
“The distance between your dreams and reality is called action.”
“Today is your opportunity to build the tomorrow you want.”
“Visualize your highest self and start showing up as her.”
“If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.”
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
“Don’t wait until you’ve reached your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take towards reaching that goal.”
“You will never always be motivated, so you must learn to be disciplined.”
“Act like the person you want to become.”
“Where you are a year from now is a reflection of the choices you choose to make right now.”
“One day you will thank yourself for never giving up.”
“You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life.”
“When you focus on the good, the good gets better.”
“Keep going, because you did not come this far only to just come this far.”
“The struggle is part of the journey. Everyone goes through it. Keep going and don’t give up.”
“When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.”
“The key to success is to focus on goals, not obstacles.”
“Everyday you have a choice – stay the same or change.”
“Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you.”
“Every next level of your life will demand a different version of you.”
“Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them.” –Anonymous
“If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got.” –Anonymous
“Just keep going. Be patient. Results take time, but if you’re consistent they will come.”
“When you’re ready to give up, you’re halfway there.”
“Tough times don’t last. Tough people do.”
Bible Quotes About Paying Debts
The Bible actually has plenty to say about money and paying off debts. There are many verses that speak on the subject and encourage people to avoid debt.
This financial planner bundle is a grouping of everything you need to plan your budget, grow your savings, and achieve your debt payoff. It is perfect for anyone who wants an all-in-one solution to get started and get organized!
Dave Ramsey, or Uncle Dave as his superfans call him, is a personal finance guru that grew a small radio show into a financial empire. He shares common sense financial advice that helps people get out of debt and budget better.
But Dave wasn’t always good with money. He actually filed bankruptcy in 1988. Dave started building a real estate empire at age 18 just to have it all crash down around him years later. He had to start over again and rebuild his foundation financially.
Because of Dave Ramsey’s experience going broke he sticks with conservative and common sense money advice. He knows what it’s like to recover from a financial setback and his show’s ability to give both practical advice and hope has made him incredibly popular.
The Dave Ramsey budget percentages, debt payoff plans, and general financial tips have helped hundreds of thousands of people improve their lives. His 7 Baby Steps for financial peace have turned many lives around positively.
Dave Ramsey Budget Percentages Explained
Let’s look at all of Dave Ramsey’s budget percentages in depth and evaluate how you can apply this method to your budget.
Following this system of budget percentages is easy but it will take you a while to figure out the adjustments right for YOUR budget. No two budgets will be the same and while percentages can help you get started you will need to tailor it to fit your lifestyle.
As a reminder, here are the categories and percentages Dave Ramsey recommends:
Food (10% – 15%)
Utilities (5% – 10%)
Health (5% – 10%)
Insurance (10% – 25%)
Recreation (5% – 10%)
Personal Spending (5% – 10%)
You’ll notice that some of these are a range and that’s because Dave knows you’ll need to adjust depending on your circumstances.
Let’s look at each category more in depth.
Dave Ramsey is an evangelical Christian and part of his lifestyle includes tithing 10% to his local church. This is the foundation of his giving category but you don’t have to be religious to include giving in your budget.
In fact, if you are in a position to give back to others then you should do so. Giving creates gratitude, contentment, and appreciation of money in your life.
There are many ways you can give money:
give to your favorite local charity
hand out money via tips and donations
help out family or friends with specific needs
donate to mutual aid funds
give to your local church
However you decide to include giving in your budget you will find it provides much in return. Dave Ramsey’s budget percentage for giving is 10% but you can always start smaller and increase the number as you go.
Saving money is incredibly important and Dave Ramsey recommends you save 10% of your income each month.
Savings can be allocated for a number of things:
saving for a 3-6 month emergency fund
money for long term goals
money for shorter term goals
savings for future expenses like cars and college
Saving money is a key element of personal finance and one that Dave Ramsey agrees with. However, he recommends paying off your debt before saving large amounts of money.
Food is expensive and costs more every year. And if you spend for convenience? It’s even more costly to your budget.
For food spending the Dave Ramsey monthly budget percentage is 10-15% of your income. So if you make $5,000 per month then your food budget should be $500-$750 per month. This includes groceries and food in restaurants too.
Depending on the size of your family and your habits this amount can seem low. Unfortunately many of us spend too much in the food category and this is why the percentage seems so low. To help with this you can do things like meal planning, buying in bulk, or starting a garden.
Here are a few ideas to help you stick with the lower grocery budget:
Your utilities should only take up 5-10% of your budget according to Dave Ramsey.
This category includes:
In some places all of these bills are separate and in some cities they are all combined. I only have one bill for all of these items for example.
Some people like to expand this utilities category to also include things like their internet and phone bills. Adding these bills while keeping it to the 5% to 10% goal can help you reduce costs as needed.
Dave Ramsey gets a lot of pushback but he suggests you should only use 25% of your income for housing.
This percentage applies whether you buy a home or are renting. If you make $5,000 per month then you should only spend max $1,250 per month on housing.
In most markets $1,250 won’t get you much. This is one of the reasons why people argue with this Dave Ramsey budget percentage: it’s just too low in many places. But Dave suggests that going higher than 25% on housing will leave you struggling financially in other areas.
Transportation varies widely depending on where you live but Dave says you should not spend more than 10% on it per month.
Your transportation budget can include:
gas for your car
public transportation fees
uber or lift rides
There are lots of things that can fall under the category of transportation. This will really depend on where you live and how you get around. Maybe you have a car or maybe you don’t. Maybe you have access to public transport or maybe you don’t. Your budget will be very specific to your needs here.
Health (5% – 10%)
Many people say your health is your wealth. If you aren’t healthy then you will need money to help take care of yourself.
The health budget category can cover things like doctor’s visits and dental care. This doesn’t have to be spent each month and instead could be done as a sinking fund for when you need to use it.
This category doesn’t include health insurance since that is in a different category. This just includes what you will be paying as you go. If you have kids plan to be at the higher percentage number!
Insurance (10% – 25%)
Unfortunately in the US especially, insurance is a necessary evil. It’s boring, expensive, and often feels like a scam but it’s still important.
No one wants to spend money on insurance but in many cases you need it. Here are some of the insurance types you might need:
Dave Ramsey suggest you spend between 10-25% of your income monthly on these various insurances.
It might be tempting to skip paying for insurance but it’s important to have when you need it.
Recreation (5% – 10%)
Recreation or lifestyle spending should fit within 5-10% of your budget according the the Dave Ramsey system.
You can do anything, from weekly classes to expensive gym memberships to attending concerts, as long as it fits within this budget percentage.
You probably don’t want to always check with your budget or run a Dave Ramsey budget percentages calculator just to see if you can spend time with friends. I get it. That sounds terrible! But staying with in the 5-10% range for recreational fun spending will make your life easier in other areas.
Basically, have fun but do it responsibly!
Personal Spending (5% – 10%)
Personal spending is a necessary part of any budget. My husband and I struggled to budget properly until we allowed ourselves personal spending money we could use on anything.
Personal spending is money set aside to spend on anything you want.
Maybe you like to buy random stuff on Amazon or seasonal home decor. Maybe you like to get facials or have your nails done weekly. Whatever it is, just make sure it fits within the personal spending budget category.
Having a miscellaneous category can cover expenses that aren’t expected during your budget time frame. This can be things that pop up that you want to cash flow instead of dipping into your emergency fund.
The miscellaneous spending category can be tailored to better fit your individual life. The longer you’re budgeting the more comfortable you’ll be knowing what expenses can be put here versus planned for in other categories.
What About Debt Payments?
This suggested budget from Dave Ramsey assumes you are already debt free.
If you’re not debt free? Then this budget should be slashed as much as possible until you are. The Dave Ramsey style of debt payoff is very intense and suggest you should cut out all fun spending until you are debt free.
If you are in debt you could cut out (or cut down) the spending in categories like recreation, personal spending, and miscellaneous to spend that money on debt payments instead.
Paying back debt is a huge component of Dave Ramsey’s famous baby steps. If you are currently in debt you’ll work hard to eliminate it on his plan.
Need some helpful ideas for paying off your debt? I’ve got you covered here:
Even Dave Ramsey tells you that these budget percentages are just a guideline.
You have to sit down and make a new budget every month to give your money a place to go. You will adjust certain budget categories up and down depending on the situation that month.
Real life situations can sometimes cause your budget to not match these percentages.
For example: rent. Are the Dave Ramsey percentages realistic when it comes to rent or mortgage payments? Not always. Depending on the area where you live it might be impossible to stay under 25% of your income on housing.
In those situations you just have to accept that it’s not realistic and adjust to fit your life the best you can.
Why Use Budget Percentages?
Budgeting by percentages of your income makes things easy for many people. It’s a quick way to give yourself guidelines for spending and saving.
Budget percentages allow you to allocate that percentage of your income to a specific purpose.
It gives every dollar a purpose. It also scales with income so if you start making more money you are able to adjust your spending easily without going crazy.
Other Budget Percentage Plans: 50/30/20 Budgeting
My other favorite way to budget your money with percentages is to do 50/30/20 budgeting.
The 50/30/20 budget divides your income into three categories:
50% of income on needs and essential expenses
30% on wants
20% on savings, debt payoff, and investments
It is an easy budgeting rule that helps you manage your after tax income in a way that covers all you need. You’re spending money on things you need, taking care of your future, and still having fun.
Senator Elizabeth Warren outlines this budgeting method in her book All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan. It’s a more simplified plan than the similar to dave ramsey income percentages breakdown, but both aim to have you saving and spending responsibly.
The 50/30/20 budget rule is actually one of the best and easiest ways to implement personal finance basics into your life.
What Else Does Dave Ramsey Recommend?
We’ve covered the budget percentages Dave Ramsey suggests, but what else does he recommend for budgeting? If you’ve watched his show for years like I have then you know he is a fan of the following.
Another thing Dave Ramsey recommends is zero based budgeting. He even created the app Every Dollar to help people create zero based budgets.
Zero based budgeting is where you give every dollar a job.
You allocate every dollar to expenses, savings, debt, or whatever you need that month. Your income minus your planned expenses should total out to zero at the end. This method of budgeting combines the Dave Ramsey budget percentages with a practical application of totaling out to zero with your budget plan.
If you’re new to budgeting this can be a really help way to set up your first budgets. Giving every dollar a job allows you to follow a close plan and not allow any money to disappear.
Need a little help setting up your budget? Check out my budget planner for an easy to use system for writing out your budget by hand (very helpful when you are new).
This monthly budget printable is a grouping of everything you need to plan and track your monthly budget. These monthly budget worksheets are designed to help you keep your budget on track by writing it down each month and tracking where your money goes.
Are you trying to stay legit with earning income on YouTube? Then you need to open up a business bank account! In this guide to the best bank account for YouTubers we look at my top pick, how to choose the right bank account, and options for YouTube content creators.
Short on time? Let’s look at my pick for the best bank account for YouTubers and then go more in depth.
Best Bank Account For YouTubers
The best business bank account for YouTube creators is currently Novo. With no minimum balance, reserves for planning, and powerful apps it is the ideal solution for content creators.
It’s because it’s ideal for starting small as a side hustle or solo business owner but has the flexibility to scale with you as your business grows.
Here are some of the benefits Novo offers:
quick and easy account setup
can start with just $1 transferred into your account
no minimum balance required
immediate access to funds
reserves in the account for budgeting & sinking funds
send and receive payments directly
invoicing inside your account
This is all ideal for YouTubers and the reason why Novo tops my list for the best bank account for creators on YouTube. You can see the full list of potential bank accounts further down in this article.
After trying a few different bank accounts as a content creator I’ve decided Novo is the best solution for YouTubers. It’s what I personally use for all on my YouTube income.
Why You Need A Bank Account For YouTube
When you start a YouTube channel you probably aren’t thinking about banking. In fact, it takes a long time to earn money on YouTube for most people.
Those things are important if you want to grow on YouTube.
But I urger you to also think about your channel as a business. You will make money at some point. And when that time comes you should be ready for it.
You should consider the legal and financial aspects behind your YouTube business from the very beginning.
As soon as possible you need to open up a bank account for your YouTube channel. I recommend doing it immediately so you start out thinking of your channel as a small business not just a hobby.
Why is a business bank account good for YouTubers?
When running a business you should not mix your business and personal finances in your checking account. The IRS frowns on this and wants you to have clear separation. This is why you need to open a new business checking account for your YouTube income.
Your business income and expenses need to be in a separate bank account.
This also makes things much, much easier for YOU!
When you have a separate business checking account it is easier to see if you’re profitable. It’s less confusing when you need your financial statements. It is easier to handle your business accounting and taxes too. Basically, everything will be easier for you when you keep your YouTube finances separate.
What if you aren’t making money on YouTube?
When you start your YouTube channel you might not have a lot of expenses or income for a while.
Since it takes a lot of work to monetize on YouTube you’ll likely not have income for months. But that should not stop you from opening a business account and treating your channel like a business.
Opening up an account at Novo where you can start with $1 or $100 will allow you to start small and grow over time. When you start with $50 you get access to all the extra perks.
When you open an account somewhere that has no minimums you can start with just a small amount from your personal funds. This is generally the best option for new YouTuber creators who want to grow.
What is a business checking account?
If you are new to thinking about YouTube as a business then you might not know anything about business bank accounts.
A business checking account is a checking account dedicated solely to your business: it’s the main place where all your finances go.
You use it to do everything related to your business:
save money for big future expenses like cameras or conferences
You might be asking, how is that different than a personal checking account?
The main difference is purpose. The purpose of the account is different with business bank accounts. Personal checking accounts are not set up for running a business. Some may even have limitations on what you can do with them like limits on incoming or outgoing money.
Another way they differ is the additional perks and features they may have that help you run your business. Novo as an example gives discounts and credits for software that you may want to use in your business.
And finally, since your business bank account you will only handle money for the business, these accounts will make your business legitimate and your accounting very simple. (Novo for instance has added bookkeeping and tax forms to make this even easier.)
Choosing A Bank Account For Your YouTube Business
Choosing a bank account for your YouTube channel can feel overwhelming at first. After all, there are many many options to choose from out there.
There are many different banking features to compare. If it’s your first time opening a bank account for business then you might not know what to look for among your many options.
The first step in choosing a bank account for your business is to understand your needs.
What do you need exactly? Do you desire local branches for in person help? Online apps and tech features? Deciding on your most necessary features will help you make the right choice. You’ll compare that list of your needs with what the different banks are offering.
Here are things to consider when choosing a business bank account:
Bank Account Costs
Not all business checking account are free. Many actually have high monthly fees or higher balance requirements to bypass those fees.
Free business bank accounts do exist but they may be missing features you find necessary. Or they are monetizing you in a different way. It’s important to look at the monthly fees, transactional fees, and hidden fees to determine how much a business checking account will cost you monthly.
Business checking accounts also can have limits on the number of transactions you can do per month. It will range depending on which bank account you choose. Transactions may include deposits, withdrawals, transfers, and more so you’ll want to consider how much you will be moving money around.
When choosing the right account for your business you need to learn how many transactions you can make per month without hitting the limit. You’ll also want to understand what happens and what charges will occur if you do hit that limit of transactions.
Bank Account Balance
Some bank’s require you to have a minimum bank account balance every day in order to avoid fees. Others do not have minimum balance requirements.
Consider whether you want to worry about keeping a certain amount in your bank account or not. Many large banks offering business checking accounts will require a minimum balance while other new options like Novo do not require a minimum balance.
Location & Convenience
Do you need a bank that is local to you? Some banks may not have branches near you. Others may conduct business entirely online. If you prefer human interaction or convenience of a local branch then you’ll need to consider that when choosing a bank.
If you run an entirely online business around your YouTube channel then you may not care about locations. As long as the bank offers digital support you’ll be happy with any option.
Tools & Perks
The tools that a business bank account offers can vary but include things like invoicing inside the account or complex integrations to business software. You’ll want to consider any software you use to run your business and if your bank account will easily integrate with that tool.
Another thing some business bank accounts offer is special perks like discounts or credits for a business service like advertising. Depending on the perks offered this could be worth thousands of dollars and something to consider when choosing a bank.
Top Business Bank Accounts For YouTubers
As I said before, I personally use Novo and think it’s a great option for YouTubers. Still not sure if Novo is the right account for you? Totally understandable! It’s the right fit for my YouTube business but it might not fit all creators.
Here are the top business bank accounts for YouTubers:
It’s ideal for new YouTubers because there is no minimum balance required, has no hidden fees, refunds ATM fees, offers exclusive perks, and more. The website and mobile app make it easy to transfer money and the reserves system makes it simple to budget and save for your business expenses.
BlueVine Business Checking
BlueVine is a business bank solution that appeals to many sole proprietors with lots of clients. While this is not how an YouTube business operates, BlueVine has a lot of great perks for others too.
There is no minimum deposit, balance requirement, or monthly service fee. You can also access ATMs without additional fees and earn interest on your balances up to $100,000.
Chase Business Checking
Chase offers business checking for small businesses that can be incredible convenient at higher volumes. If you are already doing a ton of YouTube sponsorship deals and bringing in a lot of income then Chase may be the right fit for you.
This won’t be the right solution for everyone but if you plan to keep at least a $2,000 minimum balance in your account you won’t pay fees but will have access to many features.
Ally is a fantastic place to open up a personal checking account. While they don’t offer strictly business bank accounts, you can open an account in your name to separate your YouTube income.
This is not something I recommend usually but it does work for some creators. Since most YouTubers are sole proprietors operating under their own name this is a valid solution until you grow.
Another great solution is local credit unions! Some credit unions have amazing business bank accounts. There are often lower fees and free checking options for members.
You’ll have to check your eligibility for these credit unions. Sometimes employment or residency can qualify you to open accounts at credit unions in your area.
Choosing The Right Bank Account
Hopefully this list of the best bank accounts for YouTubers inspires you to find the right fit for you.
Picking the right business bank account will depend on what you prioritize.
Whichever account you choose to go with, open it as soon as you can. It will help your business thrive by keeping things separate and professional.
Also remember that no choice is forever!
You can always choose an account now and change later. I’m now on my third business bank account since starting my online business but I’ve finally found the right fit for me. Sometimes your needs will change and that’s ok.
What do you think is the best bank account for YouTubers? Which did you choose to support your YouTube business? Let me know on Twitter!
Money is obviously the most important thing to consider when accepting a new job off. But what else matters? After changing jobs many times I’ve learned these are the 7 things to consider besides salary when accepting a job offer.
Things To Consider Besides Salary
Here are the things to consider with a job offer beyond just salary!
While sometimes a salary might seem low, the job may offer amazing growth potential.
If you see a clear path of advancement then this might be a job to consider. Even just the ability to grow as an individual with great mentorship might be worth accepting the job.
Money isn’t everything and growing your career can have huge financial benefits as time goes on.
Sure you’ve read the job description. Dig deeper in the interview by asking questions about your day to day duties and you might find some surprising nuggets of information.
Consider whether your job duties will be interesting or challenging to you. You might not want to take a job where you will be bored and unfulfilled.
Commuting a long distance can add money from your budget and lower your quality of life. A long commute can make a good job a miserable one.
If you are looking at a job offer from a company that is too far away from your home, then you have to consider whether the job is worth it. Maybe it’s worth moving closer after a time. Or maybe it’s a better idea to find a job that is closer to where you live now.
Personally commute is a big deal for me and I never have a commute more than 15 minutes.
Does this company handle it’s day to day business in a way that aligns with your values? Look at things like the dress code, vacation policy. Are these and other policies something you can live with over time?
Ask lots of questions before accepting the job offer to find out if there are any policies that exist that will make it hard for you to be employed there.
Were the people you met during the interview people you’d like to be around for extended periods? Were they professional? Polite? While everyone is on their best behavior during interviews, it’s still a great time to size up your future boss and coworkers. Evaluate whether or not they are people you would enjoy working with.
You can ask during the interview why a position is open to see if it was because of personality conflicts or ask to meet people you’d be working with in order to make a decision before accepting an offer.
Many people don’t consider management style when accepting a job offer but it will make a huge difference in how much you love your new job or how much you hate it.
You boss has a huge effect on your well-being at work so try to find out as much about them before accepting your job offer. Will you end up hating them? Having a bad boss is a common reason people quit their job.
Their management style and style of interacting with you will greatly determine your job satisfaction so consider this before saying yes to any job.
Your Financial Situation
How is your savings account? Is it fully stocked? If you are sensing signs a job might not be all it’s talked up to be during the interview process then you might want to consider passing on the offer.
If you have a fully funded emergency fund or side income then this decision becomes easier to handle. You might also get into the job and realize it’s not what you expected so having a backup plan and full savings account makes it easier to rectify a mistake or find something else.
Accepting A Job Offer
Basically, try to learn as much as possible about you can about the job you will be taking.
You don’t want to end up frustrated or burned out at the new job. Finding the right position with an inspiring leader will make a huge difference in your life.
Those are just a few of the things beyond a salary to consider when deciding whether or not to accept a job offer. These things might not be immediate in your mind but they will greatly contribute to your satisfaction in life over time.
I drastically cut back my spending when I was paying off debt. I realized I had to cut back to make any major progress on my financial goals. Because I still wanted a social life that just meant I needed to find cheap ways to have fun.
The biggest hurdle I had to overcome was how to entertain myself on the cheap. In the past I’ve spent $100+ on a night out with dinner, drinking, and other activities that cost a lot of money. I’d also go shopping for fun when I didn’t have anything else to do for a couple hours.
Now I spend most of my time doing very frugal or cheap activities. I also invest in items that will be fun for years and cost very little in the long term. It turns out that there are plenty of ways to have a lot of fun without spending a lot of money.
Cheap Ways To Have Fun
Here are some examples of frugal entertainment options that I use and you might want to try! These are all frugal or cheap ways to have fun while saving money.
Go for a hike.
Nature is amazing and free. Even if you aren’t in a mountainous area you probably have a park with at least rolling hills (we do and I live in a flat area!).
Not sure where to hike? You can google “places to hike near me” or check out AllTrails.com that shares all the hiking trails with lots of details.
Go enjoy nature for a few hours and get exercise.
Bring a friend or your dog for company. Run, walk, skip, bike. Just move your body outside! Being in nature is also a great self care idea since nature can be soothing.
There are also free exercise classes held outside in many areas. Check with your local city guide or follow a lot of the gyms and parks in your area on social media to get notifications.
Go to the library.
A library card is so useful for frugal fun! You can check out books, DVDs, music, etc. A good book can keep you entertained for hours at no cost.
Most libraries also now let you rent books digitally through apps like Libby. A library card gives you access to both digital and physical books.
Host a tea party.
While hosting a party usually requires big expenses, hosting an impromptu tea party can be fun and frugal.
Bake a treat from scratch and offer up tea to all your guests for a fun part for less than $10. This is a cheap way to eat and enjoy time together but still feel like it’s a bit special. It works really well with kids too!
Explore thrift stores.
Not only can thrift stores be a great source of secondhand deals, they can also be incredibly fun and entertaining. Visit several in your area and discover the weirdest item for sale you can find.
Those are just a few of the super frugal ways I like to entertain myself around my city. It turns out there is a lot you can do that is active, social, and fun without spending a lot of money. Sure it’s nice to spend a ton on a night out now and again, but it’s totally not necessary to have a fun time!
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I’m blessed to have many hardworking, intelligent friends and family who make more money than I do.
All of my friends went to school for longer than I did and many have graduate degrees. They have all made great career choices which are now paying off. My best friend makes 3 times what I normally do and another friend makes multiples of that higher number. My family also makes more money than I do.
This can be both a blessing and a curse. Having friends that make more money than I do can be inspiring and I like to surround myself with people that are of a high caliber to raise my own. It can also be a curse since it sometimes encourages envy over the things my friends are able to do that I can’t.
So what do you do when your friends make more money than you? How do you cope? Let’s look at some solutions.
Why Does Income Between Friends Matter?
In a perfect world money and friendship would have nothing to do with each other. The bond of friendship would not be affected by how much money you have or make.
Yet in the real world these things do affect friendship. Money and social interactions are constantly interacting and affecting each other and this can sometimes cause discomfort within relationships or internally.
The most common situation where money can affect friendships is in socializing.
If you have less money than your friends you might find yourself struggling to keep up with the social calendar set by those with money disposable income.
Originally I found this to be true but I’ve done the work needed to feel better about living with less but still keeping my amazing friends.
What Is Financial Resentment?
Unfortunately, sometimes friends making different income levels can lead to financial resentment.
In her book, End Financial Stress Now, Emily Guy Birken says that financial resentment can cause problems in friendships and turn us off money entirely.
“Financial resentment is a corrosive emotion, which leads to two types of self-defeating behavior: abandoning financial goals, and trying to get even,” Birken told us.
Neither of these reactions to financial resentment are healthy or good. When you give up on your own financial goals you lose and when you try to get even you lose friendships. Resentment over financial issues can lead to significant struggles in your life.
Learning to let go of financial resentment over money is the only way to have healthy relationships with friends who make more money than you do.
What To Do When Your Friends Make More Money Than You
These are the things I’ve done personally to handle my friends making more money than I do.
Be honest about the situation.
Today my friend asked me to go to lunch but my budget just doesn’t have room for another lunch. I told her as much and we arranged for hanging out later without buying a meal.
Talking about money can be uncomfortable but true friends will understand that you have a budget and want to stick to it. They might even admire your budgeting skills that they might not have.
It can eliminate resentment on both sides when you are upfront about the situation so you can work around it.
Pick inexpensive social activities.
Spending time together is the main goal so choose activities that don’t cost a dime.
Arrange to go hiking on a beautiful day or get together for a pickup game at the local park.
There are lots of frugal ways to enjoy a weekend or spend time with your friends.
Arrange for a potluck where everyone can show off their culinary skills or create a book club that meets weekly or monthly to discuss great books.
Planning frugal events you can invite friends to will fill up your social calendar and take less pressure off you to spend money spending time together.
Don’t overextend yourself.
Spending more money than you have to keep up with your friends who earn more is a terrible idea.
It will lead to debt and an even worse financial situation than you started with.
Learn to say no and live within your means rather than taking on debt to live a lifestyle you can’t afford.
Make a budget for yourself that includes spending on friends within a limit and then stick to that limit. Have a budget planned out will allow you to say yes or no depending on your financial situation.
This monthly budget printable is a grouping of everything you need to plan and track your monthly budget. These monthly budget worksheets are designed to help you keep your budget on track by writing it down each month and tracking where your money goes.
Looking through Facebook and feeling jealous over your friend’s vacations or homes is an exercise in futility. It’s easy to always find someone that has more than you do.
Instead you should practice being grateful for what you have.
Do you have a home? A car? Clothes? You probably have more than you ever need to be content so it’s helpful to look at all the things you have and practice being grateful for them.
Work on yourself internally.
The main problems that arise from friends making more money than you is the negative internal emotions. Things like jealousy, envy, and bitterness can be a toxic poison in your friendship and in your own mind.
Take time to work through feelings like this and eliminate them. Your friendship is worth enough to work on how you perceive the situation in your mind.
Work on your financial situation.
Improving your own finances can lead to you feeling more confident about money, even if you make less of it.
When you are more secure in your financial footing you’ll be able to work on growing your income or starting a side hustle.
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Being truly happy for your friends and their successful careers will help the situation.
When you are sincerely happy for your friends making a lot of money you are less likely to struggle with envy or notice the difference in income.
If you find yourself turning to jealousy more than happiness, try writing down reasons why you are happy for your friends and reasons why they deserve their success.
Finding The Balance
It’s not always fun to implement these things with friends and family when you make less money than your friends.
It’s much more fun to just earn more money and do better in life!
Over time you will be more comfortable using these techniques. You’ll also likely start improving your financial situation and earning more money.
You might never make as much as some friends. That doesn’t mean you’ll never be able to spend time with them. It just means you have to be creative and thoughtful about your approach to the friendship!