Simple Rules to Live By

I have a quirk, a kind of brain glitch that annoys me to no end. I cannot easily distinguish left from right. My brain locks up and gives me that infamous “404 Page Cannot Be Displayed” message.


Of course, I blame this on Mrs. Sailor. It goes back to that day in First Grade when she called on me to answer a simple “left or right?” question. I froze. I did not know the answer.

This was not good for a child who feared punishment for even the slightest infraction. Worse, I didn’t know how I would ever figure it out. No one else in the class had a problem with left and right.

My six-year-old reasoning concluded that the class had learned left from right on a day I was home sick. She forgot to get me caught up when I returned. I would go thirty-five years attributing my problem to a missed lesson. Imagine my relief the day I learned the whys and wherefores of my personal struggle. I have directional dyslexia type of learning disability that can be treated quite successfully with a series of simple exercises.

If I’d only had the courage to say I didn’t understand and to ask for help back then, I might have spared myself a lot of grief.

Perhaps you feel this way when it comes to managing your money. It can’t be that difficult because everyone around you seems to handle their money just fine. It’s as if you were out sick the day everyone else learned the rules of personal finance.

I have just the relief you need: seven simple rules of personal finance to live by. If you will take them to heart, make them your own, and exercise them daily, I promise they will make things better. You will save yourself a lot of grief and empower you to take control of your personal economy

Rule 1: Spend less than you earn. Sounds so simple, doesn’t it? But the truth is that it’s a logical as it is misunderstood. Many people miss it. Without this first rule, you cannot master the next six.

Rule 2: Save for the future. Always save part of your paycheck and all other money that comes into your possession. Do it as if your life depends on it. It may.

Rule 3: Give some away. Greed is your enemy. It will ruin your life. Giving is the antidote. Even though you don’t have it all, you have enough. Giving some of what you have to someone who has even less is the way you prove it.

Rule 4: Anticipate your irregular expenses. Just because your car’s tires are holding air and getting you around town doesn’t mean they’ll be that way six months from now. Anticipate. Start setting aside a little every week to replace them. Now apply that to every irregular expense you know is coming down the pike.

Rule 5: Tell your money where to go. Give every dollar that comes into your life a job to do, before you allow yourself to spend it. Then make sure those dollars do as they’ve been told. That’s called a budget. You need one.

Rule 6: Manage your credit. Like it or not, you live in a society that rewards those who are creditworthy and punishes those who are not. You need to know how to fix, improve and protect your credit score so that it remains high.

Rule 7: Borrow only what you know you can repay. The only safe way to borrow money is to have a means to pay off the debt in reserve. That pretty much rules out unsecured debt. If you have it—pay it off as quickly as possible.

041315image2Want to learn more about these seven simple rules? Read my book, 7 Money Rules for Life, now in paperback. You can get it at your local bookstore or online.

Want your copy autographed? Go to the bookstore at, and I’ll send it out right away.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Caught yourself reading all the way 'til the end? Why not share with a friend.

2 replies
  1. Staci Powell says:

    I never knew I had directional dyslexia! I have to stop and think about left and right, and sometimes still don’t get it right the first time! I thought it was because I don’t have a dominant hand. I am left-handed, but only for writing, drawing, etc. I use my right hand for scissors, sports, etc. I do eat and cook left-handed.

  2. Spice Weasel says:

    where I live, Interac is running a ad campaign to encourage people to pay by debit card rather than credit card. I was struck by one of their billboards, which I think is a rule to live by: Don’t borrow from tomorrow.


Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *