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Financially successful people can be very different in the ways they've generated their fortunes. But the underlying habits are the same. Here are 5 habits of millionaires that anybody can follow.

I have read quite a few financial books and noticed common themes among individuals who achieve a high degree of financial success. Millionaires often share many common traits. Let’s take a look at 5 common habits that enable financially successful people to build wealth.

5 Millionaire Habits

1. Make Smart Buying Decisions

Wouldn’t it be great to have a shiny new Ferrari or a Lamborghini? While these status symbols may look nice in your driveway, they will hinder your long-term goal of accruing wealth. Financially successful people avoid buying “must have” status objects such as expensive luxury cars, boats, jewelry, and other luxury accessories. The problem with buying status symbols is that you always have to upgrade them and buy the latest models.

Financially successful people save themselves from these hassles by avoiding gaudy status symbols. Trying to “keep up with the Jones’” will leave you in a never-ending cycle of being broke.

2. Live Below Their Means

Financially successful people are able to adequately live off of what they earn. Living below your means requires keeping your monthly expenses below your monthly income. Frivolous purchases and wants are postponed and only needs are met.

It doesn’t mean that you can’t splurge occasionally, but these purchases should be the exception rather than the rule. It is impossible to increase your wealth if you spend every dime that you have. Just because you have the money doesn’t mean you have to spend it.

Looking for some help? Here are 95 painless ways to save money.

3. Make Their Money Work for Them

Wealthy people do not stash all of their money under a mattress or store all their cash in sock drawers. They understand the importance of maximizing their dollars. They often take calculated risks with their money and seek solid returns for their dollars. Every dollar that they have produces for them and helps to build more wealth. They do not waste their dollars on speculative ventures and get-rich-quick schemes.  Wealthy people understand that real wealth is built over time.

For many, this means a simple portfolio of low cost index funds. Not sure how to get started? Read our beginner’s guide to investing.

4. Pay Themselves First

Paying yourself first is a great principle to follow whether you make $20,000 or $200,000 per year. Before you pay any of your bills, you should pay yourself first. Paying yourself first helps you to make savings a priority.

A good rule of thumb is taking 10% of your income and setting it aside as soon as you get paid. Making savings automatic is a great way of making saving money easier. Saving small amounts of money can add up over time.

If you want to take savings to the next level, check out the 50/20/30 budget.

5. Have a Plan and Stick to It
Millionaires plan to be financially independent. They devote their time, energy, and resources to building wealth. They create a financial plan and stick to their plan. Their goal is to be financially independent and they allocate their time accordingly to make this happen. It’s not about how much money you make but what you do with the money that you make.

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After amassing more than $255,000 in debt on a math degree from the University of Miami, Michael now enjoys spending time at home and writing about personal finance.

Article comments

Nicholas says:

Advice to live by: “Wealth is not defined by how much you make, but how much you keep.” Applicable directly to #2, but also across the board.

They say belief creates the fact, so affirm financial success, second person affirmations work better than first person affirmations from my experience, just create an audio affirmation saying it on repeat, then turn it on low so your subconscious mind soaks it up.

You are successful financially