Give yourself a raise
One ah-hah moment 💡 I had when I first learned about F U Money (from this book) is that it's hard to control your income and much easier to control your expenses. It seems obvious but for whatever reason, I was so focused on "earning more" that I didn't stop to think that maybe, just maybe I could spend less each month and give myself a raise.
Reframe: Spending less money each month is giving yourself a raise.
That's when I took a microscope to my finances and cut over $2,000+ of expenses. Insurance premiums, subscription services, food and restaurants, nearly all categories of my budget were combed through.