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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.”

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Money Monday: Frugal living rules

Living below your means is crucial if you’re to get ahead financially.

Being financially frugal is not just an old-fashioned trend that you can disregard in this life. MSN has a basic list of how and why to be frugal, with the article “6 Rules for Living Frugally”. Their rules?

  1. Really know your money

  2. Live below (not just within) your income

  3. Realize there’s a distinction between spending and investing

  4. Buy quality, not always cheapest

  5. Avoid debt

  6. Take time to distinguish between wants and needs

There’s so much more to their list than just this, though — read MSN’s article for more information: “6 Rules for Living Frugally”, by the Daily Bread, published April 9, 2016 at http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/everydaymoney/6-rules-for-living-frugally/ar-BBrwO5l#page=1.

 

Money Monday: New Year’s resolution: Start investing

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“About half of Americans own stocks. They understand the secret to getting wealthy and financially healthy.

“The U.S. stock market has been on steroids. It’s gained about 200% since 2009. The rich (and many people in the middle class) have figured out that you can make money without getting off the couch.

“You can do it too.

“As many CNNMoney articles show, people can become millionaires by saving and investing. Here’s how to get started in 2016.”

1. Enroll in your 401k plan at work

2. Invest your ‘extra’ cash

3. Download an app (or two)

4. Talk about money with friends

This article and information is from Money.CNN.com; read the full article here: “New Year’s resolution: Start investing”.

 

 

 

Money Monday: Americans are saving more than spending

Americans are saving faster than they are spending.

money“It’s a key shift in spending habits that started during the Great Recession. And the trend continues as we head into the holiday shopping season this weekend.

“The savings rate in the United States rose to 5.6% in October — its highest mark in nearly three years. In September, the savings rate was 5.3%. Put another way, Americans put aside an extra $40 billion in October rather than spend it.

“The personal consumption expenditure, a measure of spending, only rose 0.1% between September and October…”

This article is from CNN Money. Read more of this article at CNN Money here.