Having adequate health insurance and emergency savings so that a major medical issue won’t put you in deep debt is critical for your financial health. Just as important are eating right, exercising and getting all preventative checkups.
Taxes are a big part of our financial life. But there are some things you can do to reduce the amount you pay in taxes, even as your income rises. Are you using tax-advantaged investment accounts and taking advantage of all applicable federal and state deductions and credits?
There are six money personalities. A giving money personality is one where money helps you feel good by giving to others. Advantages are that you are able to anticipate others’ needs and are appreciated for being thoughtful. One challenge may be that you resent when giving is expected and assumed.
With so many opportunities to earn spending rewards today, you might be missing out on hundreds of dollars a year just for spending as you normally would on groceries, gas, travel, etc. Tying your spending to a rewards program doesn’t have to be complicated.
By giving regularly, you practice discipline not just when it’s convenient. It also means you are probably paying closer attention to your finances. Giving to qualifying organizations also means you get a slight tax break. The charitable contribution deduction is taken on Schedule A on your tax return.
There are six money personalities. A carefree money personality is one where money isn’t a priority, you just let life happen. Advantages are that you may be optimistic that things will work out and you are able to easily jump on new opportunities. One challenge may be that you lack the skills and information to be confident with money.
Track Down that Old 401K. Many people have 401(k)s from old jobs that they never took the time to rollover into their current 401(k) or another retirement account. Doing this helps you organize your retirement savings, and combining your investments into one place will give you a better idea of where you stand now and what you have to do to work toward the retirement of your dreams.
There are six money personalities. A spontaneous money personality is one where money encourages you to enjoy the moment. Advantages are that you are able to enjoy the unexpected and quickly respond to opportunities. You don’t over-think things and are willing to take risks. Some challenges may be that you spend money you don’t have and may feel powerless to control your spending.
There are six money personalities. A planning money personality is one where money helps you achieve your goals. Advantages are that you make intentional money decisions based on values. You have reserves to pay for the unexpected. Some challenges may be that you find it hard to respond to new opportunities or may be impatient with people who have different money values.
Credit card interest rates are no joke, leaving high balances on your credit cards can rack up some serious interest charges and damage your credit score. Start by reviewing your balances and your interest rates to figure out what debts you owe for all of your credit cards.
Figure out your time horizon and how much you expect to need for each of your money goals. You can even set up different savings or investing accounts for each goal so you can keep track of your progress easily.
Automating contributions into different savings and investing accounts makes it easy to save over time, without having to think about moving money all the time. Simply set up the recurring contributions, and watch the progress add up over time— you’ll reach your money goals before you know it.
Nobody would just throw money in the garbage, but that is essentially what we do every time we waste food. According to one study, the average American spends $1,300 on food that ends up in the garbage.
A study released by AARP found that 1 in 3 American adults ages 40–64 provided regular financial support to their parents in the past year. Communicating your financial boundaries with your extended family is a critical step towards maintaining your own financial health.
Did you know that the average score on a national financial literacy test is a shocking 65 out of 100? April is National Financial Literacy Month, established in 2003 to teach Americans the importance of creating and maintaining healthy financial habits.
Simply setting spending limits in a variety of budget categories doesn’t really give you the complete picture. There are likely categories where you may be needing to cut back, trim or reallocate but you won’t know that’s the case unless you track your expenses.
Saving as a family starts with setting a goal and making a plan to reach it. Saving just for the sake of saving isn’t very motivating. Saving for a purpose, like a trip to the ice cream shop, can get kids of all ages interested and committed to the process!
During these unprecedented times of COVID-19, accessing your credit is important. That’s why Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion are offering free, weekly online credit reports through April 2021. You can check your report to make sure all of your information is correct and up to date. Reviewing your report helps you catch signs of identity theft early.
Plan now to use your tax return to your benefit. Pay down existing debt, build up your emergency fund, fund your IRA, start a vacation savings account, make home improvements, donate to a local charity, support a local small business.
We often fall into the trap of thinking if we just made more money our money problems would go away. In reality, knowing your money personality makes the biggest difference when it comes to dealing with and improving money issues.
Did your family status change recently? Even if not, have you taken a moment to review your current beneficiaries? It’s a good idea especially whenever you experience a life change such as marriage, birth, adoption, death, or divorce.
Do you have a savings wish list? Can you think of things you wish you had saved money for? Whether it’s emergency savings, retirement savings, vacation savings, etc. Plan now to use your tax return to increase your savings.
Many retailers are promoting month-long Black Friday deals and will continue to flood us with advertising until Christmas. But before jumping the gun and diving in blindly to holiday spending, consider these tips to help you be a savvy shopper this season.
Taking an audit of your recurring charges and current subscriptions can help you see where you might be leaking unexpected cash. If you’re looking for a little extra to throw at debt payments each month, this is a great place to start.