If you've ever wondered where your paycheck went, you are not alone. Most of us spend money on small expenses that may seem insignificant, but over time slowly drain our funds. Money in the bank equals flexibility, freedom and choices. If a $10 a day latte habit seems minor, consider the expense of more than $3,600 per year.
The future can seem so far away, and the path to that future so unsure, that it can be difficult to know exactly how much to save... or even to find the motivation to get started. The reality, though, is that the earlier we start to save -- whether it's for retirement or other goals -- the less difficult the challenge becomes.
Wherever financial misery exists, expect scam artists to follow close behind, ready to take advantage of it. Too often these days, when the phone rings, it is some helpful person who claims to have a way to rid you of your financial problems. But in reality, what they often really want to rid you of is your money.
Research shows that America's youth has a deep lack of understanding when it comes to finances and how to properly manage money. These disturbing statistics have generated a national movement to incorporate financial literacy into our education system and encourage parents to teach money management lessons at home.