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Money Monday: Questions to ask yourself if you want to retire early

In today’s society, with so many demands on our money, retiring is a challenge.

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“With so many money distractions, having a system to get on track to retire earlier — and stay on track — can help. A weekly money meeting, an appointment you keep with yourself or your partner if you have one, can be a great start. ” Ask yourself these questions and more (10 total from Forbes):

  1. What do I want to do in five or ten years that I need to start saving for now?
  2. What is a major financial goal that I would like to accomplish within the year?
  3. What steps do I need to take right now to reach that goal?
  4. More questions on Forbes’ article here.

Money Monday: Saving for major expenses

Here’s a quick estimate on how much you should save per major expense.

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“With interest rates going up, the cost of borrowing money to pay for major life expenses is also going up. The Federal Reserve has already raised the interest rate three times this year and will most likely raise rates again before the year is out. After years of relatively unchanging rates, it’s become more important for consumers to plan for major expenses. Planning can include researching prices, creating a budget and – most importantly – saving as much as possible to put toward the goal.

“The key to preparing for any major expense is knowing how much to save. While everyone’s financial situation is different, there are some rules of thumb to keep in mind for most major expenses.”

Read the rest of U.S. News’ article here: “How Much Should You Save to Fund Major Expenses?”

Money Monday: How to save more for retirement

Many of us, when faced with that reality, struggle with how we could possibly save more. Following are some thoughts from Forbes on how you can meaningfully begin saving more today for your retirement.

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1. Increase your 401(k) contribution percentage whenever you get a raise

2. Capture all the employer match

Read Forbes’ other five thoughts here: “The 7 Easiest Ways To Save More For Your Retirement.”

Money Monday: Americans and Money

When it comes to money, Americans not only want more; they want to manage it better. A new NerdWallet survey conducted by Harris Poll reveals that most folks aren’t happy with the state of their finances and they’re taking steps to change the situation.

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To see how Americans are dealing with this financial balancing act, NerdWallet commissioned a survey by Harris Poll of over 2,000 U.S. adults conducted online Sept. 12-14, 2017. The results show that most Americans have financial regrets and stressors, but they also have goals and are working to accomplish them.

Americans wish they had done some things differently, with 71% expressing regrets when it comes to money management. Millennials (those ages 18-34 in this survey) are more likely than the two other age groups to have such regrets (83%), according to the survey.

But they are looking ahead: 89% of Americans say they have financial goals that they hope to achieve within the next 10 years, and 88% are taking steps right now to manage their money.

Source: NerdWallet

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Money Monday: Should you rent or buy real estate?

Trying to figure out if renting or buying is best for your family? Thinking about a few questions can help you answer this question.

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“Homeownership was once the cornerstone of the American Dream, but times are changing. More U.S. households are renting today than at any point in the last 50 years, according to a Pew Research Center analysis.”

  1. How long are you planning on living there?
  2. Consider all of the hidden costs associated with both renting and owning.
  3. Are you saving and investing? Or throwing your money away?

Read more on CNN’s article here: “Should you rent or buy a home?”

Money Monday: Financial priorities of the generations

Each generation has a different priority when it comes to their finances.

Our nation’s different generations (centennials, millennials, xers, boomers, matures) place five categories in different order of importance. While some focus on building a nest egg, others concentrate on paying down debt, keeping a budget and controlling spending, saving money for emergencies or what-ifs, or saving for something specific.

Financial priorities of the generations

This inforgraphic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

Money Monday: 5 Quick Ways to Save Money

Do you want to have more money?

“Silly question, right? Who doesn’t want some extra cash? The good news is, there are simple things you can do in just 20 minutes to avoid wasting your hard-earned dollars. Jump right in and get started to take advantage of the savings.”

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1. Ask your credit card company for a reduced interest rate or an annual-fee waiver

2. Cancel a service that isn’t providing value

3. Raise your insurance deductible (if you can cover it)

4. Optimize your home’s energy efficiency

5. Optimize your car

Read all about these ways to save money on Money.CNN.com’s article here: “5 ways to save money in 20 minutes or less.”

Money Monday: Top Budgeting Tips

If you haven’t been successful at sticking to your budget yet, perhaps you just need a refresher on how to best make your budget work.

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  1. Set and stick to your budget — number one on making the budget work!
  2. If you’re constantly overspending, try sticking to an all-cash budget. Handing over crisp bills instead of your credit card hurts far more!
  3. Make your financial priorities top…priority! After each paycheck, set aside how much you know you’ll need for that month, on: rent or mortgage payment, utility bills, grocery budget, and any other monthly expenses.
  4. Check in financially every day or week. It’s difficult to keep spending in check if you don’t keep on how you’re doing — which may make you uncomfortably and unnecessarily stretch those dollars too much at the end of the month.

These ideas (and many more!) are from The Muse’s article here: “50 Personal Finance Tips That Will Change the Way You Think About Money.”