Episode 67: Build Lasting Financial Security: Embrace These 3 Essential Habits

What does it mean to achieve financial security? Is it having a certain dollar amount in the bank or the ability to maintain your desired lifestyle no matter what happens? Erik Garcia (CFP®, BFA™, ChFC®) shares the three habits he believes are essential for building financial security in this episode. While the path to financial security may seem simple, it’s not easy to achieve.

In this solo episode of the Stuff About Money podcast, Erik will explore these habits further and explain how you can take control of your financial future. By cultivating these key practices, you can set yourself up for lasting wealth and peace of mind.

Episode Highlights:

  • Erik introduces the concept of solo episodes aimed at exploring topics in-depth. He outlines the focus of this episode on three crucial habits for financial security, emphasizing their simplicity in concept but difficulty in practice. (01:13)
  • Erik discusses the importance of defining what financial security means personally, highlighting the concept of “enough” in terms of income, savings, and investment for peace of mind. (03:04)
  • Erik breaks down the first habit: spending less than one earns to avoid debt and financial strain. He explains the challenges posed by societal pressures and the need for disciplined budgeting. (05:48)
  • The second habit involves saving diligently. Erik encourages building wealth through consistent savings, discussing various strategies for effective financial management. (06:51)
  • Addressing the third habit, Erik advises against making foolish financial decisions. He stresses the importance of aligning expenditures with personal values to prevent wasteful spending. (07:36)
  • Erik concludes with encouragement for listeners to apply these habits incrementally to foster financial security, inviting them to engage further through consultations with him and Xavier. (10:53)

Key Quotes:

  • “If I do less foolish things and more wise things, less foolish decisions with my money and more wise decisions with my money, that’s going to put me in a position to have a fighting chance to build financial security.” – Erik Garcia, CFP®, BFA
  • “Save as much as you can. This is where you really benefit from working with a financial advisor or financial planner.” – Erik Garcia, CFP®, BFA

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About Erik Garcia

Hi there, I'm Erik. How you manage your money and other resources impacts practically every aspect of your life. I help individuals and families invest plan for a more secure and predictable financial future. Thanks for taking time on my site!

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