Needs vs Wants…keep track

Hey guys’ve again…:)

One of the things I have been conscious of in the last few months has been working through my budget or expenses and identifying what I consider a want or a need.

There are multiple guides online as to what should be considered a need, but at the end of the day, peoples circumstances and mindset dictate what is a need to them depending on their circumstance.

For me, most of my needs fall into the physiological and safety categories identified in Marslow’s theory(see diagram below).So for illustration purposes, my typical budget will look like this, rent, baby’s nursery fees, bills, credit card and debt repayment.All these listed fall under a must-do/needs category for me.Every other thing is a want as it makes my life more exciting or interesting but I don’t actually need it to survive.E.g of such things include ASOS clothing or shoe shopping and using streaming services like Netflix or Apple TV.

Your ability to discern or decipher which is which is what will help you achieve your spending goals, allow you to live within your budget/means but unfortunately this tends to become the tricky part.

I have been loving Dame Ramsey’s approach, as well as some YouTubers approach to minimalistic living and wise spending in general.Its something I have found to be interesting and incredible and actually very sustainable if you are disciplined.

As biased as this may sound,I would like to suggest that I favour that approach very much and would encourage readers to visit some of their content and start practising or living that way as I have tested it and it has been worthwhile.I have occasionally slipped, i must admit but in generality has been super helpful to me.

On needs and wants, a very honest and detailed review of your budget will be necessary to be able to decipher this so you know where to invest your money more and cut out debt or leakages.

Like I said for me, my wants are streaming services and are things I can generally cut back on to save some money and eventually get to the debt-free life I am aiming for.

As always,i hope this was a good read and all the best with reviewing your needs and wants.

Image is from Canva (not mine)

2023 is here🎉

Happy New Year first of all and cheers to another attempt at being consistent with blogging.

I must admit that Christmas 2022 and entry into the New Year didn’t carry the excitement it usually carries for me.It was very weird for me and yes I know they say the novelty wears off as you get older but oooof…

As the year drew closer to its end,naturally I started thinking about what I was going to do with my life.I have to admit I had some ideas for my New Years Resolutions(NYR) but I didn’t have the clarity to express it with the intention I actually had(if that makes sense at all)?.

For the past few years,I’ve basically recycled my NYRs despite presenting it in different vision board formats.For last year,I used canva and pinterest and sadly the main thing I was able to achieve on there was clearing my debt and also getting a credit card.

Almost 90% of my NYRs didn’t happen so let’s just say I was not keen about NYR 2023 despite my nagging and constant advocacy for vision boards and writing the vision down in general.

I’ve been exploring via YouTube,IG and through conversations with family and friends the last few days and I have come up with these steps that will most likely help anyone in a similar boat like me achieve at least half of their goals.People swear by them so I’ve rephrased them in the way I understand them.

See below;how to achieve your NYR 2023

1-Set an intention and a reason you want that thing-why do you want that thing and how’s that going to benefit your life?E.g.A car because you are single parent and travelling with a baby on the bus is starting to feel long.This should be your why.

2-What habits can you start to make it easier for your goal to materialise?.E.g,if you want to save £50 a month into an emergency fund, the habit you will need to develop will be automating a £50 saving into a high yield yet easily accessible account to come out on your pay day(treat it like a bill) so the money is actually saved and untouched as well as out of your sight so you are not tempted to spend it.

3-Give deadlines to your goals.E.g if you have 12 goals,allocate one goal to each month and work hard each month to make sure you achieve that goal,then you can dust your hands off that goal.

4-Pray and commit the goal/s to God every month and ask Him to help you and bring helpers to help you achieve it.

I intend to practise these things I’ve shared as I’m determined to not go another year without seeing certain things in my life.I also hope that these steps will be useful and effective.

With that said,I really hope and pray this year is fruitful for everyone reading and we can all challenge ourselves to experience growth in many areas of our lives and live blessed lives.

Until,my next post,have a prosperous 2023 guys❤️

Tilly.x

December 2022

I woke up this morning from a notification from clearscore that my credit score had gone up.Yayyy,I must say I was very happy despite the increase not being a very significant one.

I have worked the whole of this year with the intention and agenda to increase my score and clear some debt and I am very happy to announce it has happened.

I had a very debt that was long standing and had almost £600 to clear as my goal before the end of the year and I have realised that I’ve only got £42 left to pay on 28th December as my last payment instalment to completely clear that debt.How marvellous is that?

Moving onto exciting things,I got my first credit card yesterday with a credit limit of £700 after years of working to improve my credit.The APR is over 30% which is not great and not adviseable but I need to build credit so this is a deliberate decision that I’m hoping will favour me if all things go well.

Hope all is well with everyone btw?

Anyways,I will share a few more posts about how I have discovered paying surveys from the IG finance community and how I’ve managed to earn over £110 in the last 3 months.I could have earned more but my mommy duties kept calling so this is not too bad.

Cheers to getting money wise and seasons greetings to everyone🎄❤️

1st post of 2022-January ending

Happy New everyone.I hope it’s not too late to still be dropping this line.January has felt quite long although not as long as I anticipated which is great.

I started off the new year with my NYRs and vision board and have a clear agenda to clear remaining debt and build credit properly this year using payment facilities like clearpay.I know,I know what you are thinking,isn’t that a bad idea?

It’s not if you know how to use it.This is not an ad from them but I stumbled accross it accidentally first week of January and decided to give it a go and surprisingly I haven’t been disappointed.

For anyone who doesn’t know,it’s a facility or a feature you find on some websites to purchase items from the website to split the payments,paying 1st instalment at time of purchase of item followed by subsequent payments at a later date.It works the same way as after pay,laybuy,split etc

I’ve managed to restock my kit as MUA(I bet that’s something you didn’t know about me but welcome on board anyways)

It’s been such an easy thing to do paying every other 2 weeks using it as opposed to carrying the burden of paying full price for something when you don’t want to use up your money.

Now,I must warn you.If you are not great at paying back ON TIME,this is not for you as you accrue £6 charge(s) if you do not pay on the day much like how you would get interest on a credit card.

For anyone reading this thinking uhhh this is clever,there is a cap on how much you can borrow for each period so feel free to apply,purchase some much NEEDED things only,pay back ON TIME and watch what progress you can make with your credit building.

Now I can’t say it’s beneficial for you in the long term in terms of building your credit as I have only used it for a month but it’s worth a shot if you don’t want to fork out a huge sum of money in a go for any purchase.

Again,do pay back ON TIME and don’t say u didn’t warn you.

On another note,what are your personal development or personal finance goals for Feb?Comment below.

Day 365 of 2021

The year has finally ended and as always,I have done my reflection for it and reviewed my choices/decisions.

I’m currently binge watching finance videos on YouTube particularly ones from humble penny and assessing what areas I can improve on in my finances.I love Ken and Mary btw,they are such light in this generation!

My sister and I had a lengthy talk yesterday about what things we’ve done right or wrong and what we would like to improve on and most of it has been finance and sticking to systems we have put in place this year.

For me personally,I’m still looking at debts and my total is just under £2500 worth of debt so I will be taking that into the new year(sadly I suppose)and working on it.

I must admit that I’ve made some progress generally and also in my finances l,although not as much as I hoped for BUT little progress is still progress.

If you are in the same boat as me,I encourage you to hold on and practise some discipline and self denial in the coming year so you can reach your financial goals and preserve what you are working for.

I’m sure there are other things we can all review from our lives in 2021 but in all things give thanks so let’s all be grateful for what we have also been able to accomplish.

I hope to be more consistent on here in 2022 and share more on here as I practise and learn more about personal finance management.

So,as always,I will speak to y’all soon,God willing.

In the mean time,celebrate God and your loved ones and have a joyous new year!!!!

Deuces.xx

Payment history-Credit karma

This year has been a bit of a rough year although very good in some ways overall if I’m honest.In terms of my finances though,as already mentioned in my previous post,I could have done better.

I knew my payment history was quite bad but i didn’t realise how bad until I received an email this morning from ClearScore re my credit score.

I decided to check my payment history and I am gobsmacked!Lets just say I will leave my credit score to your imagination because I just can’t share it😂

On to a better year(prays silently)

Here is my payment history so y’all can appreciate that you are not the only one.

Kick ass in the last few days of this year if you can though by reducing your spending and increasing your earnings(if possible) that’s if you are able to do that.

I will try my very best over here too!

Another money talk

Hey y’all

It’s been a couple of days since my candid talk about my credit score.

My goal as I said is to clear my debt of about £4000.I have done a bit of thinking and I have decided I will be using the snowball method by Dave Ramsey;attack the lowest debt first.

At the moment,I have a debt of £580.85 with lowell I’m planning to get rid of so I’ve set up and a direct debit for the next 6 months to pay off about £10 a week till it’s all cleared and move on to the next debt.

I have inserted an image below(not mine)to give you an understanding of what I mean here.

I will keep you posted as usual.

Ps-this blog is an extension of my YouTube so I will sharing things on here that reflects what’s on my YouTube channel.

Till my next post ,jump on my YouTube to watch this video about money.

https://youtu.be/-XYhnl3nYhk

Tilly.x

The credit score

I’ve spent the last few years watching my credit score fluctuate and it has brought several emotions mostly brief sadness and anxiety,loll…😂

The feeling it reminds me of,is seeing your investment or stock value drop significantly(only investors will understand this)It’s really not for the weak.

If you are reading this and still experience these emotions,I admonish you to be strong and develop a very neutral attitude towards it.After all,it’s not the end of the world and as they say now, “it is what it is”.

Now,here’s what I want to commit to this year;becoming debt free which means paying off EVERYTHING I owe(currently around £4000),of course excluding my student loan debt with SFE.

I know,that for some or most people in their 30’s reading this,£4000 is nothing and you wish you had that much little debt but to me that’s like £400,000 and I don’t like it.

I say this because I almost never owe anyone except my sister and my phone company.It literally takes me prayerful consideration before I even attempt to borrow anything especially money from people.I’ve always believed that the borrower is a slave to the lender and I generally don’t like feeling indebted to anyone so I really try my best but life happens and we gather some dust along the journey.

Also,I’ve only ever had one credit card which was under £600 in my early twenties.I must add that,I mismanaged it as you would expect and ended up spending the last few years paying for it.Yes,years,because the debt kept increasing.Don’t ask me how!

A lot of people are misinformed about credit cards and are misled to believe that they are a curse but they are actually a great source of credit builder and actually a blessing once used correctly.

I mention credit cards because I plan to get one after clearing my debt,hopefully before December 2021 and getting one for myself so that I can build my credit as my credit utilisation is pretty low right now.

PS,if you have no clue what credit utilisation is,check Credit Karma(previously called noddle) or ClearScore or Experian or Google😀

Credit building will require a lot of attention to your spending,prioritisation of needs and spending in general,timely payments of bills etc so don’t start it you are not ready to discipline yourself now for the sake of your future.

I will end this here for now as I realise this is getting a little long but I will show you some of the images of my credit score I have tracked over time to give you a better perspective of what I’ve just shared.

So I shall you in the next one,hopefully✌🏾❤️

Tilly.x

Happy 2021

Hey guys

It’s been a while since I blogged but I thought I’d get back on this and make myself accountable.

2020 was something.I’m not sure how to feel about it even now but I always try to give thanks when I remember some of the wonderful things God did.

One of my NYR for 2021 was to blog(write) more and create more content on YouTube and Instagram.

For this year,I really want to focus on money as I’ve had many challenges with money especially in the last year.

More of the talk will be on saving,investing and developing decent budgeting and money habits in general.

I’m hoping more of you can join me as I embark on improving my credit score this year and my finances in general.

I will leave this here and prep to draft my next content for here and my other platforms.

Thanks for reading as always and hope you enjoy this year and the best of what it has to offer.

😘