“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
8 Money Mistakes to Avoid in Your 20s
Ah, to be in your 20s. Brunches are frequent, hangovers are less debilitating, and all the big, serious life stuff seems so far away. So top off your bottomless mimosa, my friend, because you’ve got absolutely nothing to worry about when it comes to your finances … or do you? Well, I’ve got good news and bad news. The bad news is you always need to think about your finances, even when you’re just … [Read more...] about 8 Money Mistakes to Avoid in Your 20s
How to Create Your Own Benefits Package When You’re Self-Employed
When you’re a full-time employee for a company, you might take for granted all the benefits you get in addition to your actual salary. It turns out that of your total compensation package, 30% goes toward benefits like health insurance, disability insurance, life insurance, 401(k) matches, paid vacation and sick leave, and more. But nearly a third of U.S. workers are self-employed or work for a … [Read more...] about How to Create Your Own Benefits Package When You’re Self-Employed
Are You Prepared to Ride Out the Next Recession?
The stock market experienced quite a few drops in January, causing a frantic debate in the media over whether or not another recession is coming. You might have been in college during the 2008 recession, or recently graduated and struggling to find a job. Or maybe you were a few years into your career and watched your 401(k) get cut in half. The recession was poorly-timed for Millennials like me … [Read more...] about Are You Prepared to Ride Out the Next Recession?
You’re Doing Really Well Financially: Now What?
When you’re first getting your financial act together, the advice you’ll get pretty much boils down to: Create a budget Build up emergency savings Pay down debt Contribute enough to your 401(k) to get a company match, and fund a Roth IRA as well if you can You built up a solid career, got out of debt, started saving for retirement...in short, you’re doing everything right. … [Read more...] about You’re Doing Really Well Financially: Now What?
What Should Your Emergency Fund Look Like?
Starting an emergency fund can sound like a daunting task. Three to 6 months of your income, in one place? That's a big number! You may think you don’t even need an emergency fund. But don't be fooled into this line of thought. After all, it's hard to know exactly when an unexpected expense will pop up (but somehow it always seems to be at the most inconvenient times). Emergency … [Read more...] about What Should Your Emergency Fund Look Like?