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The Balancing Act: Creating financial freedom in the balance between what you need and what you have

The Balancing Act: Creating financial freedom in the balance between what you need and what you have

by Dave Baldwin


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This book provides a roadmap to financial freedom by educating the reader on ways to understand why they spend what they do and how to modify their spending habits. The reader will learn to improve their personal finances and gain financial freedom by building a balance between what they need and what they have.

While most people think more money is the path to financial freedom, research shows that is not the case. Instead, human nature, marketers, and readily-available credit work to make us quickly adapt to every increase in income, then ratchet up our lifestyle and spending. Short-term gratification overpowers long-term goals. As a result, only about 46% of Americans are thriving financially.

Research also shows that financial stress can negatively affect our decision-making capacity, leaving us susceptible to poor financial decisions and even more financial stress. Reducing this stress can improve many areas of our lives, our physical and mental health, as well as our relationships with others.

The Balancing Act shows us the way to financial freedom, reducing the stress of not having enough and finding contentment, rather than being caught up in the rat race of continually striving for more.

Readers will learn how the science of behavioral economics is important to understanding their spending behaviors, and methods to overcome their tendency towards irrational decisions. The book includes a number of techniques and tools to help the reader manage their spending, eliminate debt, and stay on track to reach their goals.

Through the prioritize and compromise process, readers can create a budget that builds a margin between what they have and what they spend. This margin then becomes a positive feedback loop, building wealth that can be used to achieve their goals, further reduce stress and—with the continued discipline of living below their means—sustainably increase their lifestyle. Ultimately, readers will be empowered to manage their spending in ways that are most meaningful to them, achieve their long-term goals, reduce stress and create financial freedom.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733642408
Publisher: David A Baldwin Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/2019
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 723,032
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Dave Baldwin is an author, speaker, and personal finance coach. He has been helping people to realize and achieve their financial goals since entering the financial services industry in 2005. Dave Spent a decade as a sales executive for an institutional investment management firm. His career allowed him to travel the entire country speaking to everyday investors and the investment professionals they work with. His experience has allowed him to see a wide spectrum of wealth in America and the range of lifestyles that money can provide.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Financial Freedom

Chapter 2: Why We Feel Stress Over Money

Chapter 3: Getting to Know the Irrational Self

Chapter 4: Exploring Our Motivations to Spend

Chapter 5: Spending Money We Don’t Have

Chapter 6: Changing Our Behavior

Chapter 7: Maintaining Balance

Chapter 8: Catching Up and Getting Ahead

Chapter 9: The Balancing Act

Chapter 10: Personal Stories

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