As Egyptians, we've got some things that we overspend on.
It makes sense that this is #1. Have you seen our weddings?
Egyptians celebrate weddings to an extravagant extent that one can pause and wonder how the couple continues to live the rest of their lives.
Seriously though. The money is wasted on ONE DAY, which doesn't even seem quite responsible. It makes more sense that a wedding is celebrated modestly to quit the overspending.
When it comes to traveling, travel agencies have just started to enter the scene with online advertising and a little of on-ground presence.
Yet, why are we quite behind in the acceptance of travel agencies?
TRUST. yes. TRUST.
It's quite common to find that most Egyptians don't trust travel agencies, think they're ripping them off or actually more expensive. When they really aren't, travel agencies provide packages at prices that they have managed to acquire by signing deals for a large number of people, which makes sense. Right?
We're basically paying more when we decide to do this on our own.
#3. Car Maintenance
Egyptian roads - what a delight. Once you purchase a car in Egypt, you know the day will come when you have to pay to fix it - no questions asked. You might even wake up and go to your car and there it is - demanding to be fixed.
However, how many of us actually have car insurance? I'm pretty sure once the car gets hit, the regret begins. Get insurance and save up a lot of money on car maintenance.
#4. Ramadan Meals
Ramadan. The special time of the year where .. well the economy decides to start moving? Advertising kicks in so quickly. Every mall is crowded. Gatherings and large meals are a must. Other than that really isn't the point of Ramadan, expenses soar and for no legitimate reason. A lot of money can be saved and a lot of expenses can be avoided in Ramadan.
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You’re probably acutely aware of all the reasons you should boost your personal gratitude quotient.
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Another big-time benefit? **Feeling grateful can also make you richer.**
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While that’s not a bad idea, you also have to pay attention to spending and lifestyle. A few key moves can make a big difference:
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It’s hardly surprising that mental ability, including financial know-how, declines with age. Yet a new study finds that accredited investors in their 80s are not only likelier to be less financially literate then their counterparts just a few years younger, but even of high school dropouts.
In other words, once well-to-do investors get into their twilight years, their financial smarts drop off considerably!
Of all of the things you own, what’s your most valuable asset?
Your home? Your vehicles? Your retirement portfolio?
If you answered yes to any of the above, in most cases you’d be wrong. Human capital — your ability to earn money now and in the future — is your most valuable asset.
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Doctors and attorneys can open their own practices without any clue how to read a financial statement. Business owners and investors can remain dangerously ignorant of the tax law.
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Buffett's interest in moneymaking began early. As a boy growing up in Omaha, Neb., he would sell chewing gum and magazines door to door, and he filed his first tax return at age 14 (marking deductions for his bicycle and watch, used on a paper route). In high school, Buffett and a friend bought a pinball machine and put in a local barber shop; they quickly expanded that enterprise to include several pinball machines around town.
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