So much has been written about millennials and our finances, but like any other generation there’s a range of extremes that may or may not apply to such a huge group of the population. That being said, there are some very real challenges that face this generation. Here we tackle some of the biggest challenges millennials face and address what can be done about them.
Have you ever gotten a new job or a raise only to realize that when payday rolls around you’re taking home a whole lot less than you were expecting? Have you ever thought, “why is my paycheck so small?” While we all expect to pay taxes on our wages, most people couldn’t tell you what all of the line items on their paystub are. Here we cover some of the most common items affecting your take-home pay.
There’s a lot of emotions that go along with money. So many of our highs and lows can be connected to our finances. Today, there is starting to be a greater focus on financial wellness, and one element of this is your money mindset. How do you think about money and how could reframing your thoughts help you live a happier and more financially sound life?
This seems to be the new reality for millennials in the United States. By the time you’ve graduated and realized just how much debt you’ve amassed, it can feel crushing and nearly impossible to dig yourself out from beneath it. However, you do have options we're discussing on the blog today.
It’s the eternal question… How can you know if you’re saving enough for retirement? Everyone is different and their needs for retirement are different, so here are some guidelines to frame your thoughts on retirement and to calculate if you’re doing enough to get there.
Between the Equifax and Target data breaches, whether you’re making a purchase online or in person, your information is at risk. As a result, I’ve taken the stance that I will always assume that my information is out there on the dark web for anyone to use, and here’s what I do about it.
For most people budgeting is not a fun exercise, but not all budgets are created equal. Today we spend some time talking about the zero-sum budget, how it works, and why it may help bring you closer to your goals
Where pensions used to be the standard structure, we now have a hundred flavors of retirement savings accounts. Today we’re breaking down some of the most common retirement investment vehicles to make it easier for you to determine where you should funnel your money.
You started the month with the best intentions, you put together a realistic budget, spent the first week packing your lunches, and were feeling good about things. Then life happened. Here are a few things you can do to get through the mid-month budget fatigue and salvage what’s left of your month.
There’s no arguing that money can be an extremely emotional topic, but factor in a sickness or family death and those effects can be multiplied exponentially. I was 17 when my father passed away. Here are some of the ways his death helped shape my financial views along the way.
If you’ve ever made a budget, you know just how hard it is to stick with it. You may fail month after month to meet your monthly goals, and you’re definitely not alone in that camp. Life will always throw a wrench into your plans no matter how good your intentions may be, but there are some reasons your budget might be failing time and time again. Below we highlight four of the most common reasons and how to troubleshoot them.
Time and again, the question I hear from clients the most is how to choose what financial priorities to put first. It sounds like it should be a simple exercise, but most of us don’t have unlimited money lying around to fulfill all our current and future financial needs and wants. So when you’re working with limited funds, what’s really important? How can you invest for the future and still live the life you want today?
So far this year, we’ve seen the stock market put up record breaking numbers, but several analysts have come out to claim that a market “correction” may happen within the next 18 months. It’s certainly enough to make you take another look at your finances and consider where you have exposure and what can you do to hedge against the next recession.
Investing for retirement is important, but some people might be surprised to know that the IRS actually limits the amount you can contribute to certain retirement funds. So where should you be putting your money? Luckily, there are two great investment vehicles to consider when you want to grow your money, but have the flexibility to withdraw funds prior to retirement.
At this point in your financial life, you may have heard the advice to “pay yourself first”. As much as this is good advice to give, very few people actually follow it, and there are two big reasons why. Here we address steps you can take to pay yourself first without going broke.
Let me sum it up in one word… MOTHERHOOD. For those of you that are already raising children, I’m sure you are well versed in the triumphs and challenges of raising a family while maintaining your everyday life. With that said, I wanted to discuss some of the financial changes and challenges we made to make room for our expanding family.
Saving money is always a good goal, yet often we’d rather focus on our immediate needs and wants rather than our long-term financial picture. But saving money and enjoying your current lifestyle don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Here are four ways to save that won’t impact your enjoyment of your everyday life.
It’s time for a confession: I am an animal hoarder. After decades of pet ownership, I am now extremely qualified to share with you just how expensive these companions can be and how you can factor that into your decision making process on whether you are ready for the responsibility on a financial level.
Oh, life insurance… No one likes to talk about it, and who can blame them. It’s not exactly a “sexy” topic. That being said, it’s definitely something worth talking about. Here are the basics you should know if you’re considering buying life insurance.
If you’re looking into saving for your child’s college education, you may have heard of 529 college savings plans. But what are these plans, what are the benefits, and are they the right options for you and your family? Here’s what you need to know in a nutshell.
If you “own” a car, you may be all too familiar with the reality of an auto loan and the bite it takes out of your monthly budget. Here are some tips on when you should pay your auto loan off early and what you need to know if you do.
Depending on your situation, you may be scraping by on raman everyday or you may have an opportunity to take yourself out for a decent lunch during the workday.Lunch is an opportunity to save money. Let’s look at just what that workday lunch might be costing you and how you can curb your lunch spending.
In the age of blogging, it seems that the most outrageous or awe-inspiring stories often make their way to the top of the news, and for good reason. We want to feel inspired to do better. The problem comes when trying to live your life as others do if it’s not what fits you or your lifestyle best.
If you’ve already spent the time to sit down and write out your financial goals for the near-term and long-term you’re already ahead of most people. But, once you’ve developed those goals, how do you move forward? How do you take those goals and break them down into a manageable “To Do” list?
With the deadline to file your taxes officially looming we spend some time explaining the process the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) uses to review your return. As dry as taxes may seem, it’s always a good thing to understand what the IRS is looking for and how they go about reviewing your return.
We don’t always make “the right” decisions with our money. Whether your blunder took the form of debt or you just generally didn’t get the value out of a purchase, here are some steps you can take to recover from these mistakes so they don’t follow you into the next phase of your financial life.
"Keeping up with the Joneses" can be an expensive and never-ending pursuit, so how do you fight this impulse to allow yourself to spend money on the things that will make you happiest instead of just competing with your friends and neighbors?
Every family seems to have one crazy uncle pushing his pyramid scheme at family dinners, but what happens when those closest to you are struggling with money? Do you open your wallet and help? Most of us don’t have tons of spare funds sitting around to get our siblings or even our parents out of a jam, so what’s the best way to deal with this?