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Orange on Green: Driving Down the Road of Financial Freedom PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tom and Brad Cunningham   
Saturday, 05 June 2010 07:46

Orange on Green: Getting in the Financial Driver's Seat
Planning your money is a lot like driving your car. Improving your skills will enable you to hit the pavement more equipped to react to certain road conditions.


Think about the last time you drove your car. Did you think about each part of the drive: Each turn you made, each stop, each glance in a mirror? Probably not. After driving for so many years, you were on "'auto pilot."

 

Now, think about the first time you drove. Everybody remembers their first time. When you slid into the driver's seat, you looked at the gauges, the mirrors, tried to adjust your seat, and probably thought, "I've got to pay attention to all of this and keep an eye on the road too!" There were so many tasks to remember, it was overwhelming.

 

However, with time and practice, you became a skilled driver — one step at a time. Planning your money is a lot like driving a car. If you do not have the expertise or have had bad experiences, learning to properly handle money can be paralyzing. Simple questions like:

  • How can I be sure I'm properly protected?
  • How do I know if I'm saving enough?
  • Where should I be saving?

 

… can create confusion, anxiety and stress.

 

Managing finances does not have to be a negative experience. Just as you learned to drive a car — getting comfortable with the pedals, steering in a straight line, learning how to judge weather conditions — you can do the same with your financial world.

 

Creating a plan and trying to put it into place all at once is a lot like trying to become a skilled driver in one day. However, if you create a plan, put that plan into action, and then conduct a period financial 'tune-up' to insure the plan is 'working on all cylinders," then you can create long-lasting financial peace of mind and security.

 

Start off with insuring that your loved ones and your lifestyle are protected from the unexpected. Then create the habit of saving. Learn basic tax and investment strategies that you can implement into your ever growing plan.

 

If you address each of these areas one piece at a time, you will become financially educated, feel confident and create a level of financial success for you and your family. Just like driving a car, you'll reach each stop of your financial destination feeling less stressed, relaxed and able to enjoy the ride.

Tom And Brad Cunningham -

Tom and Brad Cunningham are Cincy Chic's financial columnists, and they are the co-founders of Orangefinancial. If you want to share your comments or inquire for more information, e-mail them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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