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How To Achieve Financial Freedom In India?

Find out 5 tips to become financially independent. Get 5 bonus tips on how to stick to a budget like the rich. Read stories of Cube users who became financially independent.
December 8, 2020

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Some think of financial freedom as a distant dream. In fact, financial freedom is a life goal for many. The good news, however, is that financial freedom is not as elusive as many make it out to be. 

It can be achieved with rigorous financial discipline, a value-oriented approach, and goal-based investments. Let’s understand how you can achieve financial freedom in India with the help of 5 simple tips. But first… let’s define what we want to achieve.

What Is Financial Freedom?

Financial Freedom means the liberty to live the life you want without worrying about finances. You can achieve financial freedom by having sufficient savings, investments and liquid cash to deal with almost any situation life may throw at you.

It also implies that you are debt-free: An often overlooked aspect of financial education.

5 Tips To Achieve Financial Freedom

#1. Set goals today

Every person’s needs and goals vary and that’s an important distinction. Regardless of where you are currently in terms of finances, create 3 life goals and 3 general goals that you need money for. This could look something as follows:

Personal Goals

General Goals

Timeframe

Retirement

Financial freedom

Long term

Marriage

Saving 6x annual salary

Medium term

Vacation

Investing in alternative assets

Short term


You will notice that your personal goals are intertwined with saving and investing. So if you haven’t started already, don't worry. It’s never too late to start investing for the future. 

 #2. Live on a budget

Achieving financial freedom starts with setting goals. The best way to achieve your goals is by living on a practical budget. This is a goal in itself since most people find it difficult to stick to a fixed budget due to emergencies, desires, or a lack of discipline.

Depending on how much you earn each month, draw up a budget. Split this budget into 3 buckets: essentials, savings, and wants. Allocate funds from your salary based on what works for you. Most people use the 50/30/20 rule. We talk about it here.

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Here are 5 rules that people have used for years to live on a budget

Rule #1. The 24-hour rule

Take 24 hours to think about whether you actually want that iPhone, TV, and other such luxury items. Wishlist things before you to “add to cart”.

Rule #2. Use cash

Start using cash for small payments that usually take a lot out of your budget over time. This will help you physically see the money that you are about to spend instead of just a number being subtracted from your bank account.

Rule #3. Spend on appreciating assets

Without a healthy net worth, you won’t be able to achieve financial freedom. Invest, instead of buying a second car that doesn’t add to your net worth. Buy stocks, mutual funds, alternative assets and explore other investment opportunities.

Rule #4. Fix what’s broken… yourself

You'll save a heap of money and pick up essential life skills if you learn to fix household machines yourself. You can even convert this time into a fun family activity.

Rule #5. Invest in your health

Your productivity and ability to earn more money regardless of age rests on being healthy both mentally and physically. Instead of buying a new phone that you may not need, get a gym membership or an online yoga subscription and don't forget to get health insurance.

#3. Develop a healthy investment habit

Saving money from your salary only ensures that you conserve your wealth. But to be financially free, you must invest a portion of your savings in options that can create long term wealth.

Assume Mr Apple and Mr Orange save ₹1,00,000 by the age of 30. Mr Apple thinks that investments are not for him. Instead, he will let his money remain idle in his savings bank a/c.

Mr Orange, on the other hand, decides to invest that ₹1,00,000 in equity funds as a lump sum. Let’s see how their returns compare by age:

Age

Savings Bank A/c (@3.5%)

Equity Funds (@12%)

30

₹1,00,000

₹1,00,000

40

₹1,41,060

₹3,10,585

50

₹1,98,979

₹9,64,629

60

₹280,679

₹2,995,992


Generally, investors prefer equity-based instruments for long term wealth creation. But you can't compare apples to oranges. It is important to invest according to your goals and needs. 

Download Cube for free to invest in options that can help you achieve financial freedom like Cube user, Venkat.  

#4. Automate your finances

Automating your investment has its perks. You don't need to worry about transferring the money to your savings or investments. Plus, it ensures that you stay disciplined. 

Your salary may be credited on the 29th or the 3rd, but several SIP investments are deducted on the 1st. So you’ll naturally reserve a portion of the money from the previous money to be deducted automatically on the 1st.   

But it may happen that you run out of money due to an emergency. In that case, Cube allows you to change or even skip a SIP payment with the SuperSIP option. 

#5. Get a wealth coach

The world of finance can be difficult and time-consuming. But it is important to understand the various intricacies of investing if you’re planning to achieve financial freedom. 

There are professional wealth coaches who use their invaluable expertise to recommend investment options based on your investment goals, age, timeframe, risk appetite, and more. This can help you save time and grow your wealth. 

As Cube user Rahul says, Cube gives you access to quality investments and advisory to become financially independent. Cube wealth coaches are available whenever you need them. Don't believe us? Pick up the phone and contact a wealth coach for free.  

Summary

Financial freedom is a long term goal. The best way to achieve it is to start investing in long term options today. Download the Cube Wealth app to find out how you can become financially independent.

FAQs

Q. How to get financial freedom?

Achieving financial freedom is tough but not impossible. You need to be diligent with your investment planning and execution but more importantly, you must be consistent.

An app like Cube makes this easier for busy professionals since it gives you access to expert investment advice. Overall, there are some basic thumb rules to achieve financial freedom:

1. Set goals & achieve them

2. Live on a budget

3. Invest wisely & consistently

4. Automate your finances

5. Get quality advice from experts

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Shriram Shekhar
Shriram is a Consultant at CubeWealth. He has developed cutting edge IT products for over 2 years before turning to his passion for the written word. His love for philosophy, developing products, and empowering people through quality content is what got him to CubeWealth.

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