Wouldn't it be nice to have complete control over your life? Quit the job you hate. Travel for a year or two. Work for a non-profit despite the lower pay. Wouldn't it be great to be able to do these things, or whatever else is on your list, without fear? You don't have to be … Continue reading Freedom and Financial Security
This last Monday (May 21st, 2018), Buzzfeed highlighted the Twitter responses to a recent Marketwatch article that said by the time you are 35 you should have saved twice your salary. Some of the Twitter comments were very funny. Here are a few from the Buzzfeed article. By the time you're 35 you should have saved … Continue reading Double Your Salary in Savings by Age 35 or Double Your Savings from Salary
My husband, Jeff, recently turned 60. It's an interesting age. It's as if you've crested some hill, and can now see retirement laid out before you. Jeff has been retired for five years, but his friends who are still working are starting to think seriously about what's next. Conversations on the topic inevitably turn to … Continue reading When to Take Social Security
I love the Olympics. Amazing people from all over the world converge to do amazing things. Things that most of us haven't even dreamed of. But those athletes did. And that is the main reason they are in Pyeongchang. Their dreams were so important that they set aside hours a day to train. They gave … Continue reading Four Things Retirement Savings and Going to the Olympics Have in Common
https://youtu.be/mb57DHqTClI Forget the birds and performing artists. These are the 12 gifts of financial security! On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a fund for emergencies On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me a budget for expenses and a fund for emergencies On the … Continue reading The 12 Days of Financial Security for Christmas
Every year after Halloween, time begins to accelerate as the year hurtles through the holidays and to its eventual end. But before you brace yourself for the feasts and family, you have some business of your own to take care of. For most employers, November 1st marks the beginning of open enrollment for company benefits. … Continue reading 4 Things To Review on Your Retirement Plan During Open Enrollment
Both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500, the venerable U.S. stock market indices, closed near record highs on Friday, October 13th. Both indices have been steadily climbing all year. The Dow, including dividends, is up 17.92 percent and the S&P, also including dividends, is up 15.86 percent just this year. The run … Continue reading The Stock Market is at Record Highs. Should You Get Out?
This is my 100th post. I sincerely thank everyone who has read them either directly on my blog, or on Linked In, Facebook or Twitter. These posts have had over 3,000 visits, and there are now around 500 fabulous followers. To mark the occasion, I considered giving 100 tips for saving, or 100 ways to reduce … Continue reading Ten Ideas to Change Your Thinking About Saving Money
The Social Security Trust Funds are estimated to be depleted by 2034. Were they robbed? I've heard a variety of versions of this story. Essentially many believe the Trust Funds were diverted/robbed to pay for other government programs leaving future retirees high and dry. The fact is the Social Security Trust Funds have received every … Continue reading Who Robbed Social Security?
The fact that it is better to start saving for your eventual retirement when you are young is common knowledge. It doesn't take a financial wizard to understand that if you start saving early you have more years to save, and therefore you will wind up with more money. Yet, this doesn't capture the true power … Continue reading Save Early, Save Often