Updated: September 13, 2020
In the information age, you’ll come across droves of “advice” on how you can achieve success.
While some of these have their merits, not all of them are based on factual evidence. Rather, they’re purely anecdotal and therefore, cannot be applied in every situation.
In this post, we’ll separate fact from fiction. Whether you are a part-time employee or a branch manager of an established business, below are six money myths that will reform your financial habits.
1. Renting is a waste of money.
Why rent something and utilize it temporarily, when you can purchase it and own it forever? The answer boils down to two words: opportunity cost.
A big purchase, like a house, for instance, requires you to shell out a huge sum of cash for the down payment.
In most cases, this means shutting your doors on all other opportunities to invest in something profitable, like the stock market or a small business.
2. You’re too young to start saving.
So, you’ve learned that your affluent friend or relative didn’t start saving until they were in their 30s — so what?
Remember that, while it’s never too early to start saving, you can be too late. And at that point, it might be nigh impossible to attain financial independence.
Start now while you still have a few responsibilities on your shoulders. Don’t wait for a reason to start doing so, such as purchasing a brand-new car or suddenly becoming the breadwinner of your own family.
3. You don’t earn enough money to start saving.
Granted, Filipinos are burdened with the high costs of living and lower compensation as compared to our Asian neighbors. But think about it: while you’re here reading this post, millions of Filipinos don’t even have internet access.
Stop making excuses such as “I’m currently underemployed” or “I’ll start saving once I get that big promotion.” Even if you save at least 100 pesos every workday, that still amounts to roughly 2,000 pesos a month or 24,000 pesos a year.
4. You always get your money’s worth.
A 500-peso meal isn’t always more filling or satisfying than a 100-peso lunch elsewhere. The same can be said for branded medication, which isn’t necessarily more effective than generic products.
In short, you don’t always get your money’s worth. This can be partially true for some products, but the difference between a cheap brand and a luxurious one is usually blown out of proportion.
For example, an expensive smartphone is definitely faster and more aesthetically pleasing, but should it really cost 3-5 times as much as another low-end or mid-range phone? Are the gaps in performance and build quality enough to justify the huge difference in price?
5. You’re too clueless to start investing.
You don’t need a degree in finance or economics to handle your money well. With the internet, everything you need to know to invest fruitfully can be obtained with a simple Google search.
Of course, you can also follow blogs such as this one to gradually improve your financial IQ. A few books, seminars, and online courses won’t hurt, either.
6. Higher degrees mean bigger income.
The next myth definitely deserves a mention, especially in the Filipino culture.
Most students today believe that, once they get their degrees, they’ll be living large. As a result, their mindset becomes hardwired to chase bigger employment opportunities rather than exploring other means of generating income.
Sure, extremely talented individuals can obtain recognition and wealth in their field. But what about those who aren’t as blessed? How confident and motivated can they be once their childhood expectations become shattered?
Truth be told, the Philippine economy offers little legroom for aspiring professionals to thrive.
That’s why people who pursue opportunities abroad are generally more comfortable and fulfilled. The same goes for independent freelancers who seek remote work arrangements with clients overseas.
As a takeaway, always remember that you are solely responsible for your financial future. You shouldn’t depend on your boss, parents, school, or even the government for your own success.
Start from within by identifying your skills, revisiting your passions, and investing in more knowledge. Soon enough, opportunities to generate income will surely present themselves.