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6 Things to Appreciate You Have This Thanksgiving

November 6, 2018 | By Louis Tully


When we think of Thanksgiving, we probably think of the four F’s; family, food, football, and fun. But more than that, we also think about what we’re supposed to say we’re most thankful for at the dinner table. We might say stuff like, “I’m thankful for my family” or “I’m thankful for all this food!” But what else should we be thankful for? Here are 6 things you have to be thankful for that maybe you haven’t thought of.

1. Your Job

Granted, nobody likes the thought of coming into work on Monday and you might not even be where you want to be in your career yet, and that’s okay! The point is, if you’re employed, that’s something to be thankful for. Some people can’t work and have to rely on others for support.

2. Your Future

Maybe retirement is the last thing you’re thinking of right now, but it’s still something to be thankful for. That’s because right now, if you have a 401k, your retirement savings is being built up for you in the background while you work. When you’re ready to retire, your money will be there waiting for you. You may not feel so thankful about it now, but you definitely will when the time finally comes to hang up your work hat. Don’t have a 401k? See how getting a healthy mindset with your money could help you save up for a comfortable retirement.

3. Installment Loans

If you’ve never had to use installment loans to get out of a pinch, you’ve probably had a feeling of thankfulness come over you. They could be great to have under financially-straining circumstances and their approval process is fast and easy. Caught up in a financial emergency? Talk to your lender about installment loans and how they could help.

4. Extra Money

Having that financial cushion is easily something to be thankful for. Even if it’s just a little bit, it’s better than nothing at all. Having that extra money could single-handedly keep you out of debt when the unexpected happens. Don’t have an emergency fund? You can start building one at any time. Simply set aside a very small amount of cash from each paycheck (whatever you can afford) and let it accumulate over time. Before you know it, you could have a sizable emergency fund ready and waiting at your disposal. The recommended emergency fund amount should be anywhere from $700 to $1,000. Having that money available can certainly come in handy for those little financial hiccups.

5. Technology

Technology has boomed over the last couple of decades. We have high-speed internet access. We cellphones that function more like full-fledged computers. We have apps that help keep track of our daily activities, our finances, and even our health. We can even deposit checks and manage our finances without ever having to step foot inside a bank. We have more tools now than we ever had a few decades ago, let alone being able to afford it. Today’s technology, when used properly, is a huge thing to be thankful for.

6. Savings

Lastly, we have savings to be thankful for. Or at least the ability to save. Not many people save money these days. In fact, most of us live from paycheck-to-paycheck. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Everyone has the ability to save money. It’s a simple matter of spending less than you make. If you can turn saving money into a habit, you can reach financial freedom you thought you’d never have, and that is something worthy of thanks.