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So, what does all this mean in the modern world.
1. Start thy purse to fattening - The suggestion here is to live on only 90% of your net salary. Jim Rohn, the American business philosopher, actually suggests 70%, but as he also points out that it up to the individual. He suggests 10% into savings, 10% to charity and 10% invested. However, even if you stick the 10% in a shoe box under the bed it helps build up your savings.
2. Control thy expenditures - This is an easy one to follow. Be careful what you spend money on. Make a budget, make sure that you account for all the essential stuff. Make sure you account for fun things also, because it would be a boring life if you had nothing left for the things you enjoy doing. But don't excede your budget. The following passage from Charles Dicken's David Copperfield helps demonstrates this point:
Mr. Micawber was waiting for me within the gate, and we went up to his room (top story but one), and cried very much. He solemnly conjured me, I remember, to take warning by his fate; and to observe that if a man had twenty pounds a-year for his income, and spent nineteen pounds nineteen shillings and sixpence, he would be happy, but that if he spent twenty pounds one he would be miserable. After which he borrowed a shilling of me for porter, gave me a written order on Mrs. Micawber for the amount, and put away his pocket-handkerchief, and cheered up.
3. Make thy gold multiply - Such as simple rule, but apparently most people don't do anything with money they are not using - It is sitting in a bank account, but it might as well be hidden under the bed. Simply put your money in a good savings account. Check the interest rate from time to time because banks change them. Recently the Halifax were offering current accounts offering 3.04% on credit balances, but after their advertising campaign began to be forgotten they quietly reduced the interest rate down to 0.1%. Check the rate you are getting and if it is unacceptable, switch to a different bank.
4. Guard thy treasures from loss - If you are going to buy stocks and shares check them out first. How financially strong is the company? What does the person advising you gain if you buy these shares? How reliable is the person's advice? Do you trust them?
5. Make of thy dwelling a profitable investment - Simply buy your own home. When the mortgage is paid off then your outgoings each month go down, and you can use the extra money to do things you enjoy, or re-invest it for the future.
6. Insure a future income - Quite simple: Get a pension plan together.
7. Increase thy ability to earn - This is where CodeProject comes in very handy. This is life long learning. If you keep learning, if nothing else, you keep your brain active, sharp and alert. As you learn new things you become more valuable, you can access instantly any number of facts that help you with your task, you will have seen someone else's solution to a problem you are encountering for the first time, or you will be able to fashion your own solution taking bits from solutions to a number of similar problems.
"You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want." --Zig Ziglar
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