Rahul earns Rs. 60,000 a month in a multi-national company, while his boss, Manoj earns Rs. 90,000 a month. After having worked for 15 years in the company, both of them wanted to buy a home for their family. Rahul bought a 3 BHK for his family, but Manoj is still figuring out ways to get money from somewhere to pay for the house. Bizarre? If Rahul was earning much less than Manoj, how did he end up getting richer? How could he afford a house with ease while Manoj finds himself at loggerheads managing the money?
To get an answer, let us dig deeper into their financial habits. Rahul’s elder brother is a financial advisor and hence Rahul always had the requisite guidance about how he should be making the best use of his money. Right from the first month of his job, Rahul started an SIP of Rs. 10,000 in three equity funds.
On the other hand, Manoj was a shopaholic. He loved to spend his Saturday afternoons in the mall, Saturday evenings on lavish dinners and his Sundays on online shopping websites. He had all the high end gadgets and he loved to upgrade them every time a new model was introduced. Luxury was his way of life. However, this lifestyle meant that by the end of the month, he had nothing left in his bank account. Neither did he take any advice from a financial expert about how to plan for his goals. As a result, he had little money left in his kitty to finance his house. But Rahul had a handsome sum of over Rs. 50 lakhs, more than sufficient to pay a sizeable portion of the cost of his house.
This is the power of investing your savings. Proper financial planning with a lesser in-hand salary beats a lavish lifestyle any day. The effect will not be immediately obvious, but trust us when we say, it will totally be worth the wait. The advantage of saving and investing from early on gives us the advantage of compounding. And with compounded returns, we are in a much better situation to meet our goals.
Both Rahul and Manoj are going to retire at some point in their lives. Who do you think will be more happy and satisfied? No brownie points for guessing the right name. It will be Rahul who will not only be happy but also satisfied as he has planned for his goals well in advance. A disciplined investing habit that he inculcated very early in life will enable him to take care of himself as well as his family.
Set apart the monetary benefits that investing gives us. When we start saving early on, it inculcates in us a sense of responsibility. We then have a tendency to keep a check on our expenditures and reduce any unnecessary expenses, if any. Rahul, in addition to being richer than Manoj, will also turn out to be more disciplined towards his responsibilities. A habit of investing early on, limiting expenditure and taking help of a financial advisor for goal based financial planning is the recipe for a comfortable and fulfilling life.
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One Reply to “How Rahul earned less than Manoj and still got richer?”
Well written…. One should never save what is left after spending, but should spend what is left after saving.