Here's the problem: Once you get paid, your money has to go several places at once. Bills need to be paid, credit card balances need to be settled, groceries need to be bought, perhaps even some nonessentials, too -- and, in all the shuffle, the money that you should be saving becomes your discretionary income.
I've found that the summer months are the perfect time for a mid-year check-up on my finances, when I can adjust my financial goals based on my needs for the summer and throughout the year. Based on my experiences, here are a few tips for parents to consider as they talk to their teens about the value of saving money this summer (while still having a little fun!).
Do you want financial freedom? If you're like me, you want a secure financial future, one in which you don't worry about paying the bills, you donate to your favorite causes, and easily pay for things, such as vacations, houses, cars or whatever it is you want. But what if financial freedom is the very thing that can destroy your finances?
Insurance is only worth the money if it truly protects you and your finances. At this time in life, as you approach retirement or semi-retirement, it's wise to re-examine your current policies. That way you'll know that you have what you need -- and you're not wasting precious dollars on what you don't.
The sheer number of retirement accounts can make anyone's head spin. Once you've opened a specific type of account -- for instance a traditional 401(k) -- it's tempting to just figure you're set. But with more and more employers now offering a Roth 401(k) as well, it's smart to take a step back and consider the potential benefits of each.
For many people, their home is their biggest investment, so it only makes sense to think of it as part of what you have 'set aside.' But while your home is definitely part of your overall net worth, how it factors into your retirement savings depends on more than your current equity. It depends on whether or not you're going to turn that equity into cash when you retire.