The media loves to point out that one major cause of divorce is financial disagreements. Maybe the media talks about that so much because every marriage in the United States has a 40 to 50% chance of ending in divorce. That’s enough to make you consider not getting married! However, consider the flip side of this that’s never mentioned in the media—couples who effectively grow … [Read more...] about 7 Tips for Couples to Effectively Grow Wealth Together
When my grandparents got older, they moved in with my mom. Then, after my grandpa passed away and my grandma needed to go to medical appointments or hair appointments, my mom or one of her other children drove her. Though American families increasingly live further from one another, there are usually one or two children who live nearby to help their parents in their old age. … [Read more...] about Do DINKs Need a Larger Retirement Fund Than Their Peers?
When I was 20, I had worked at a community college as an English tutor for two years. When I quit the job to transfer to a university several hours away, I was given the choice of cashing out my retirement or rolling it over. I didn’t know much about finances, and I was broke, so I took the cash out. Even though my retirement account was only about $400, I sometimes wonder how … [Read more...] about How to Turn $1,000 Into $10,000
Religion is one of those topics that's unexplored when it comes to personal finance. If you surf the web, you won't find much discussion of it. If you read the Wall Street Journal or Investors Business Daily, you hardly see a mention of religion at all. This is a shame. If you look at it, religion has played a defining role in much of human history. For example, religion was … [Read more...] about Why Episcopalians and Jewish People are Richer
Costco is known for gigantic packs of toilet paper and bulk size food items. If you’re a DINK, you may think Costco has no place in your life. After all, you don’t need to buy enough toilet paper in one trip to last for the year, and there’s no way you can eat a 10-pound bag of carrots before they go bad. However, I urge you to rethink your opinion. There are plenty of ways to … [Read more...] about How to Make It Worthwhile to Shop for Two at Costco
This is a quick posting for everyone working on a large savings goal. If you're saving - don't give up. Don't Give Up. Don't quit saving out of the silly belief that you'll never have enough to meet your goal. Forget focusing on the big figure you need to get to. Instead, work it out using a calculator and break down what your weekly, monthly and annual savings goals … [Read more...] about If You’re Saving – Don’t Give Up!
Everyone's personal financial situation is different. Some people are still getting organized, others are in better shape. So, for many the question is: after you've got the basics nailed down, where do you go after that? For example, after you've paid off your high interest debts, have an emergency fund and are sticking to a budget, whats the next step? Well, there … [Read more...] about Wealth Building After The Basics
According to CNBC, “the typical American has an average of $8,863 in an account at a bank or credit union.” However, that number is just an average. How much each person saves depends largely on their age and whether they’re single or married and if they have children or not. To illustrate this, CNBC goes on to further share that “60 percent of millennials don’t have enough … [Read more...] about The Biggest Signs that You Need to Save More Money
I've been seeing a lot of news articles talking about how wealth is owned in the United States. The main idea is usually centers around a statement such as "the rich are getting richer" or "only a few people control a disproportionate amount of wealth". The main idea behind much of these news stories is that only a few people control most of the money in our country. This has … [Read more...] about Poverty is Due to Individual Traits
Many couples have joint bank accounts throughout their marriage. This often happens either because they pool all of their money together or because they keep separate accounts but have a joint one to pay household bills. Another reason why spouses share an account is because one person is the budgeter in the family and needs access to the other's money. For millions of … [Read more...] about What Happens If Your Spouse Depletes Your Joint Account Before Separation?