When the economy is in bad shape and people don't have extra money to invest, it doesn't mean you shouldn't invest at all. Invest in things that don't cost a lot of money but produce outstanding returns in alternative ways.
Most people never look beyond money when it comes to personal finances. What many don't realize is there are other steps that have a direct and indirect influence on personal finances. Understanding this enables you to make choices that may not seem to have much to do with personal finances but can end up saving -- and earning -- you thousands of dollars. Here are a few non-financial investments that everyone should make:
Invest in your health: Consider why you are working so hard. Most people want to retire with enough money to enjoy their golden years. But if you don't take care of your health, you may not be able to do much even if you have the money. Invest in a basic health-and-fitness program
Invest in improving yourself: Improving yourself is one of the best investments you can make. Whether it's learning something related to your job or something you have always wanted to do, improving your skills and advancing your knowledge pays dividends down the road.Invest in time to think: When money is tight and there doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day to do everything you need to do, set aside some time. This gives you the chance to consider where you are and what you must do to accomplish goals. Step back and consider if your current path is the correct one and if the strategies you are employing are working.