Free money does exist, but you need to know where to look for it and how to get it. Free Money is available when you save by compounding savings and through employer-sponsored matching of retirement savings. For spending, you can get access to Free Money through cash back credit card programs and federal grants for college. Technically, these methods are not entirely “free” in the true sense of the word since you need to give something to get something, but I consider using these methods like getting Free Money since you need to spend and save any way. Continue reading “4 ways to get free money from spending and saving”
My son will be going to college next year and we are working with him to narrow down his choices. After a first cut, we arrived at a list of 6 schools that he would be interested in attending based on location, programs, admissions requirements, and taking a campus tour. He applied to all 6, and we expect that he will get into at least 4 of them, but he could get into all 6. We now need to figure out how to help him further prioritize that list.
To help us make informed decisions, we are going to weigh both qualitative and quantitative criteria to prioritize the list. Continue reading “How to prioritize your list of colleges”
Ever wonder if going to college was worth it? I’m not talking about the great time you had, or will have, socializing or “finding yourself”. I’m talking about the financial benefit received from going to college. For most students college is worth the investment as indicated by the growing earnings gap between college-educated and less-educated Millennials, based on a report from the Pew Research Center. The research also shows that college-educated Millennials: Continue reading “What financial return have you received from getting a college diploma?”
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When my kids were younger we taught them to save money by using three envelopes: One to save money for charity, another for short-term spending, and the last one for longer-term savings (deposited into a bank account). For example, if they received a $25 gift for their birthday then the money needed to be split as evenly as possible among those three envelopes. This approach was a very useful way for my wife and me to help our young children understand the importance of saving for different purposes and timeframes. Continue reading “Savings evolution: Use these three measures to become a money master”
If you read my prior post on developing financial know-how, then you’ll know that keeping up to date on personal finance news and information is one of the steps in the advancement cycle. The great thing is that in this age of online subscription services you can select topics that matter to you and have the information delivered directly to you. I have a few different information services that feed updates on personal finance to my email and Twitter accounts. These feeds provide information on a range of topics and are particularly useful if you are nearing a significant life goal like starting or changing careers, or deciding when and where to retire. I receive feeds from a number of different sources, including those specific to industries or technologies I’m following for investing purposes. It’s easy to get overloaded and overwhelmed with all of the different sources, so I recommend getting started with a few that allow you to better understand how to financially plan for life events, stay on top of your money, and comparison shop products and services.
You may have heard the term “financial literacy” which by definition is the education and understanding of various financial areas, such as saving, spending, investing, insurance, budgeting, retirement and tax planning.
Financial literacy fundamentals are often taught in schools starting in middle or high school, with mixed results at best. A study completed by George Washington University and PwC proves this point. Based on a survey of over 5,500 Millennials, it was determined that only 24% of Millennials exhibited basic financial literacy, and only 8% demonstrated high financial knowledge. Part of the problem is that school-taught financial literacy focuses on concepts with limited application to the school-age audience. To help this young audience succeed over time, we must be prepared to offer timely support to foster “financial know-how”. Continue reading “Developing financial know-how by learning to speak money management”
I thought it would be good to kick off my blog series with an important section from my book, Following Your Money, on personal flow of funds. This fundamental personal finance concept was the inspiration for naming my website. Clearly in order to follow your money you must understand the concept of cash inflows and outflows, and most importantly how decisions regarding those flows will impact your ability to fund life events and goals.