This question was submitted by a reader! Do you have a money question you’d like Gen Y Planning to answer in a future blog post? Submit it to genyplanning.com/askgyp. What should the financial planning look like when you have a parent who has no retirement saved up and won’t be working much longer due to health issues? My mother-in-law rents in a bad part of town, works at temp jobs, is turning … [Read more...] about Ask Gen Y Planning: How to Financially Support Family?
Your 20s were all about setting up your financial foundation and establishing good habits. Your 30s were about life changes like getting married, having kids, and building your career. In your 40s, everything is amplified even more. You’ve got growing kids and aging parents -- and what you don’t have is a ton of spare time. There’s a lot you can do in your 40s to protect your money and care for … [Read more...] about 9 Money Mistakes to Avoid in Your 40s
“It’s complicated” is a great way to describe life in your 30s. You’ve been working for a while, so you might finally feel more financially stable than ever before. But on the other hand, you often have competing financial priorities. Career growth, serious relationships, family, and major life purchases tend to make this a very busy decade. Also, tiny wrinkles start showing up where you didn’t … [Read more...] about 8 Money Mistakes to Avoid in Your 30s
Teaching your kids about financial literacy is really important. But being money-savvy isn’t just about knowing how to count coins in kindergarten, or understanding how credit cards work in the 12th grade. Sure, your kids will eventually learn how to read a bank statement and calculate compound interest, but money is about more than that. There’s so much to teach your kids beyond the mechanics of … [Read more...] about How to Teach Your Kids to Create Their Own Money Values
Over the years I’ve worked with many people who graduated from college without a clue about money. They didn’t know how to budget, couldn’t tell if they were getting a good deal on a purchase, and ran up credit card debt because they didn’t understand how credit works. Unfortunately, financial literacy isn’t taught in schools -- and many parents don’t teach it at home, either. It’s tempting to … [Read more...] about How to Teach Your Kids About Money
About half of my clients are couples, and they often ask me what they could improve with their finances. My suggestion: View “your money” as “our money” and start planning as a couple. I realize that you may have spent the last 10 years of your adult life as a single lady (cue Beyoncé), and you didn’t have to take into account anyone else’s money habits — or their money … [Read more...] about Couples And Money: Avoiding The Two-Income Trap