It doesn’t always seem like it has been this long, but when you look back at the timeline of the economy’s decline, you will see this has been going on for over two years. It would be easy to remember all of the things that we had to deal with over the past couple of years if things were better and we were simply reflecting on the hard times, but that is simply not the case. Another fact that can be easy for many people to forget (not out of any ill-will, but simply because they are so busy dealing with their own problem) is that people all over the world are being hurt by the struggling economy. The reason that it is important to remember this fact is that you can’t forget that instead of thinking that it is your country versus all the others, it’s important for the nations of the world to work together. Even though you can keep reminding yourself that we have all been struggling with these problems for quite some time, at the end of the day, I’m sure that your focus is always going to be on improving your personal situation. In all honesty, I think you would have to be crazy to care about something more than ensuring that your family is in good financial shape, so I would like to try and provide you with some useful advice.
From my personal experience and others I have talked to, if you want to make a big change, you have to accept the fact that you can’t change any past financial problems or mistakes. Even though it is tempting to sit back and pout about all of the things that you could have done better, this isn’t going to change your past at all. The bottom line is that while second guessing the past will get you nowhere, taking an active role in the direction of your future can have significant benefits. A great example of focusing your energy to your benefit is to find ways to save money, because this can really benefit you down the road. If you stop and examine your lifestyle, you will see that there are actually a lot of possibilities that exist for saving money.
Even if you want to dive in and start tackling all of these opportunities, I recommend taking a step back and focusing on the one area I am about to discuss. Because it is a significant part of your financial existence, the topic we are going to discuss is selling your vehicle. If you depend on your car for transportation, then this idea probably sounds like it would not work for you at all. However, it actually is not that difficult to get around without your own car. The key to getting around without your own car is taking advantage of vehicle sharing. Thanks to vehicle sharing, you can still get anywhere you need to go at only a fraction of the price that owning your own car costs you. Once you start using vehicle sharing, you will only spend money on transportation when you actually go somewhere, which is a far less expensive option than dealing with all of the costs associated with owning your own car.