World’s Simplest Money Management System – A habit that works for everyone

POSTED BY manish ON June 23, 2010 COMMENTS (58)

Most people have such a fear of (lack of) money that they almost equate money to oxygen.  Cover someone’s mouth and nose and watch how they fight you to get their air back.

I came across T. Harv Eker’s Book “The Secrets of the Millionaire Mind” it says “Rich people manage their money well. Poor people mismanage their money well”, I read this & my first reaction was, “As a Financial Planner I know that!” Trouble was I didn’t really know the effective system to manage money. I just thought I did.

Money management system

If you want to get rich, focus on making, keeping, investing & managing your money. I had been managing my money for years but not in a systematic way, I paid price for the same (by not following any system). This Money management System is very simple to understand & implement.

If you want Financial Freedom you got to follow a system for achieving it. As a financial planner people I meet believe managing money will take away their freedom. They hate the idea of Budgeting. They believe managing money will not allow them to be free and enjoy life to the fullest.

I have been implementing this “Money Management System” for over a year now & it has given me tremendous freedom in the area of money.

Most of the people I meet say, “I will start managing my money when I have enough money”. As a planner I tell them “if you aren’t managing your money now then you may not have any money to manage in the future”.

Worlds simplest money management system

The Single biggest difference between financial success and failure is how well you manage or mismanage your money. People mismanage money in different ways (By not having a financial coach in life, by not having a financial Plan in place, by not organizing their finances, by buying ULIPS, by not taking financial Literacy etc)

To master money, you must manage money through this effective Money Management System:

  • 50-% Necessities Expense account (Your Day to Day Expenses Account)
  • 20% Financial Freedom Account (FFA Account only for investments. Never spend only invested)
  • 10 % Education Account (Invest in skill development, Personal Development)
  • 10 % Long Term Saving for Spending Account.
  • 5 % Fun & Joy account (balance out the investing for fun % joy(nurture yourself – fine dining, etc)
  • 5 % Give Account (To a lot of people wealth is how much you have. But if you truly want to create wealth, you might want to change that viewpoint. Try thinking of true wealth as how much you give.

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A brief Definition of Financial Freedom

You are financially free when your Passive Income (Income from your investments, rental Income etc) is more than your desired lifestyle).To win the money game, the goal is to earn enough passive income to pay for your desired lifestyle.

One should design their Financial Plan with a context to achieve financial Freedom. Having a Money Management System is equally important as having a financial. Always remember The real secret of successful wealth management is that your financial future is truly in your hands.

This one is dedicated to all the reader’s of JagoInvestor.com, their families & to Financial Freedom.

This article is written by Nandish Desai , who is a financial planner based in Ahmedabad

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58 replies on this article “World’s Simplest Money Management System – A habit that works for everyone”

  1. Ravi Datt says:

    Hi Manish
    Article is good. I will implement the same. But I think I read this article very late. I have a query. What is ideal age for these percentages to apply? Mine age is 35 and I think this will change proportion in different accounts. No body was there to guide me on this type of planning. I would like to do for my children and for their future by educating this. Please suggest..

    1. You can start this any time , just that you will need to define your own numbers and percentages !

  2. abhi says:

    I am 23 i have no expenses(literaly 10% of my incomeas expence) at present and if have plan of working next 7 yrs should i invest all of my money in equity i am in market for 3 yrs or so and have decent knowledge of it and i keep in trak of my investment daily

    regards,
    abhi

    1. Abhi

      with this much info , I can only say aggresevely invest in Equity for starting of your career and you should be able to make decent money . Better invest in Equity Mutual funds and also some long term stocks in mid cap and small cap space if you have flair of being in the market

      Manish

  3. Nilesh says:

    its a good article…no doubt but truly speaking it looks incomplete. We would like to know more on this. Things like Education Account, Long Term Saving for Spending Account needs more explanation.

    1. Nilesh

      ahh we didnt thought that it would not be self explainatory , will try to add the info .

      Manish

  4. Radhey says:

    Interesting read.
    I think to make things simple for readers, it could be worthwhile to add to each of the headings, things that one could include in the Indian context. Most of the clarity seems to be coming from comments – like what the Freedom and Long Term Account should include. So for eg, when I read 20% for Freedom account, I was asking myself, where do I invest for it in the first place.
    I think a variance on each of these also needs to be mentioned, if I haven’t missed it already. 10% for education could be a bit steep for the investor unless until it includes education for kids as well, that’s where probably I am confused a bit.
    But a great article. Good job.

    1. Radhey

      Your suggestions are welcome 🙂 . Will make sure to take care of these things from next time

      Manish

  5. Raju says:

    You are doing a good job. Keep it up. Have visited your site for the first time. Good article but under what category one should have for personal calamity or marriage/education of children ect. No light on that.

    1. Marriage/Education will go for long term savings and personal calamity is a tricky one, it should be cured by taking insurance and building emergency fund .

      Manish

  6. Dhiraj Bahroos says:

    Hey Manish,

    Nice one! I have just discovered your website and it has brillant articles! I still have to catch up with most of the writeups, but as much as I have seen so far I appreciate your financial skills.
    This article is also wonderfully written! Just to add the little bit I know about the finance world, I once read somewhere that one must invest in diversification, such that 50% is in real estate, 35% in equity, 15% in liquid funds and gold.
    I promise to visit this website much more often.
    Regards
    Dhiraj

    1. Dhiraj

      Great to hear from you 🙂 . Diversification is required by investors who do not have much idea about a particular asset class and cant exploit it well . See you more often

      Manish

  7. Mohan Rao says:

    Manish,

    “A special report on debt ……Repent at leisure ”

    Would like to share this URL in the latest issue of “The Economist”
    It is one of the most incisive articles I have read.

    http://www.economist.com/node/16397110?story_id=16397110

    I look forward to your comments.

    Mohan

    1. Mohan

      Thanks for the link , i will have a look in detail and comment back 🙂

      Manish

  8. caribou says:

    Dear Manish,
    Can we include Pension Fund and Life Insurance? How much can I save for these?

    1. Caribou

      You are looking in a different way , Lets not look at Product level , We have categorised things by need based cateogories

      Manish

  9. Nikhil Shah says:

    Hi Manish

    Good Article…Thanks for sharing !

    1. NIkhil

      Thanks 🙂

  10. khalid says:

    Good Post, noted couple of point here. Will try to implement in my Portfolio.
    Thanks for sharing

    1. Khalid

      Great to hear that. Keep it up 🙂

      Manish

  11. Rahul Kashyap says:

    Disappointing :(…little clarity and substance !

    1. Rahul

      What happened , which part do you think is unclear or you are not happy with ?

      Manish

  12. Pavan Kulkarni says:

    Interesting viewpoint Manish! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Pavan

      THanks 🙂

  13. nandish says:

    Firstly, I thank Manish for always going an extra mile for Jagoinvestor readers. The Biggest investment anyone can make In you life is giving you time and I guess Manish does that by replying each and every Question with the same passion and care.
    A common reply to some of the Questions :
    This system can actually get you Financial Freedom. In readers Meet we are creating conversations that can help us achieve financial freedom. Basically three things we all want. We all want Happiness, we want our relationships to be great and we all want to achieve financial freedom.
    Statistics show that only 3% people in the world achieve financial freedom. The reason they are not is they are not the readers of jagoinvestor ( and they don’t follow the money management system).
    According to me Financial security does not come from the amount of money you currently have, it comes from your ability to get more of it whenever you want. This becomes real when you follow the system with integrity.
    Lets look at two-three of in somewhat more detail:
    Financial Freedom Account (FFA)- This account is “Sone ke ande dene wali murghi” (Chicken that gives Golden Eggs). Never ever kill this murghi (chicken) no matter what emergency you have in life. This will stay intact if other accounts are managed by integrity. Don’t be an invitation to emergencies (they come due to lack of planning). The idea is to create passive income.
    Necessities Expense Account: You all understood this I am sure.

    Education Account- This account is to give leverage …………….. Everyone who is in the top 10% today started in the bottom 10%!.Everyone who is doing well today was once doing poorly. Everyone who is at the top of your field was once not even in your field at all. Everybody who is at the front of the buffet line of life started at the back of the line. Now here is the question: How do you get to the front of the buffet line of life, where all the good stuff is waiting for you? The answer is simple. It consists of two key steps: First, get in line! Second, stay in line!. Keep moving. Keep putting one foot in front of the other. Keep developing new skills and acquiring new knowledge each day, each week, each month.

    Long Term Saving for Spending Account: It is used for down payments on house or cars… basically through this account you are buying something which will stay with you on long term basis (Expensive ones)

    Hope this has made a difference. I am Looking forward to meet Mumbai Readers on 26th June and learn new things from Manish.

    Have fun, learn heaps, and may all your success be fun!.
    NANDISH

    1. Thanks Nandish

      It was great to see the full explaination ,I think it should be added to post itself .

      Manish

  14. Kavita says:

    Manish,

    A very nicely written article I congratulate the author for writing it and you for posting it on your site for the benefit of your readers. Most of the financial problems will get solved if we diligently follow this solution.
    Thank you.

    Kavita

    1. Kavita

      Thanks 🙂 . Nandish is the person who has given the beautiful atricle , it was a new learning for me too 🙂 . I hope we will get new articles from many people in future .

      Manish

  15. vikas khandelwal says:

    Manish,that’s an nice idea to open separate account for each head.One knows how much he is saving or spending under each head, and if control requires in a particular spending he can take immediate action.Also if someone saves money in necessities exp. a/c or any other exp. a/c, he can transfer that fund to financial freedom a/c or long term savings a/c.

    1. Vikas

      Yup 🙂 . Having a seperate account will definately help as you seperate out saving . tracking and operability part for each . It also helps in focusing 🙂

      Manish

  16. Manish Awasthi says:

    Solid Long term spending for saving is really very impressive 🙂

    1. Nice 🙂

      What did you understand from that ?

      Manish

  17. rohan says:

    what is finacial freedom ac

    1. Rohan

      It means an account which saves enough money for you to have financial freedom , which means not having any dependency on some job or anything , you can be free from the tension of working for money , you can see it as your Retirement account .

      Manish

  18. Naren Pingle says:

    I am wondering, where is the room for SIPs 🙂

    1. Naren Pingle says:

      Sorry, I mean to say EMIs.
      Almost everyone takes some kind of loan now a days. And it takes out a chunk amount every month from your income. I think there should have been a place for it also.

      1. Its in that 50% thing . We are talking about an ideal situation , but most of the people will have expenses + EMI etc upto 90% , which is dangerous

        Manish

    2. Naren

      SIP is a more detailed concept. This article just talks about how much money should be invested , its talking about “How much” and not “In what way”

      Manish

  19. Rupali says:

    Really good one. I always carrying the same mindset mentioned while investing that i dont have an enough but really thankfull to Nandish Desai and Manish for this. I will have my increment from this month i will really follow this accounts to start my financial plans.

    1. Rupali

      Great to hear that . Yes you can open accounts like these and put money in this fashion .

      Manish

  20. Pankaj Parashar says:

    Thts a real nice and simple one….i hv a query? should the percentages be calculated after subtracting the liabilities…i mean loans…personal education ..home loans etc….

    1. The percentages are before that , The 50% Expense account is for that only , So there is the catch, make sure your overall EMI , expenses etc are 50% of what you earn , else its not the best situation .

      Manish

      1. Pankaj Parashar says:

        Thanks Manish,
        well…one more query…should we add PF money and Gratuity (considering if one would be able to avail it) to the take home salary and then calculate long term savings..in turn every amount will be affected i guess..

        1. Pankaj

          Yes , you should do that , after all the PF and gratuity money will be used in long run , however I would suggest that you should reserve it for retirement , better to link it with that .

          Manish

  21. Raja says:

    Here is a story I had heard growing up and probably can relate to it better now –
    A man replied to a question on how he spends his earning – Out of a total of 3 anna’s (paise) that he earns daily he repays his debt with 1 anna, takes care of his regular expenditure with 1 anna, and saves 1 anna for his future. One probing further he had revealed that the 1 anna with which he repays the debt is actually referring to his expenditure on his old parents, 1 anna on his regular expenditure and 1 anna is the expenditure he does on his kids(his savings to secure a better future).
    In current society i think the equation would probably change to something like this:
    1/3rd – Debt repayment – including home loan, car loan, education loan any other loan…
    1/3rd – Regular expenditure. Including expenditure for self & family including children & parents.
    1/3rd – Future savings including saving for rainy days, retirement, child education, generating passive income.

    Just my take 🙂

    Regards
    Raja

    1. Raja

      A pretty nice one . This one is more consolidated plan of money management but looks very simple and effective . But some where a detailed description which every likes is missing . What do you say ?

      Manish

      1. Raja says:

        Yup. Agreed, but that will require a guest post from me ! Just kidding… 🙂

        Regards
        Raja

        1. Why not 🙂 , give one

  22. Jagbir says:

    good, quick article Manish, another thing I noticed, you also started using catching titles..”world simplest”… 😉


    Jagbir Singh

    1. Jagbir

      Thanks , The title was provided by the author itself 🙂

      Manish

  23. Vidhya says:

    Good articile.

    I dont clearly understand long term saving for spending.

    Vacations, big expenses ( luxury ) comes under what?
    Big expenditure like marriage comes under long term saving for spending I guess.

    1. Vidhya says:

      and home loans…

      1. Meena Shivram says:

        I guess all kinds of EMIs and loan payments fall under the 50% bracket of necessary expenses. I am also not clear what is the difference between Financial Freedom and long term savings heads as the purpose of each seem to be same…

        1. Meena

          EMI + Loan payments + Expenses are in 50% . Financial freedom is mainly more like retirement , 20% for long term savings is more like Child education + marriage and other long term goals .

          Manish

      2. Vidya

        You can add the vacation part in Fun and Joy account also .

        Manish

    2. Rahul Sadawarte says:

      @Vidya,
      Internatioanl / National Vacation, Big expenses, Homeloan will come under Long terms saving because all this expenditure requires huge amount. For any common investor, this amount can come from regular investing for 3-5 years. For eg, if a person wants to buy a house worth 50Lakh in 5 years and wanted to save for 15% margin money (15Lakh) in 5 years, he needs to invest on regular basis for 5 years to earn 15lakh (taking into consideration 12% ROR in case he wish to start MF SIP).
      Hope this will clear the things

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