Buying a vehicle? Check the TCO

If you are in the market for a new or used vehicle, then it is important to do some homework before you settle on make and model. Here are a few things to consider before you pull the trigger on buying that new or used vehicle:  Continue reading “Buying a vehicle? Check the TCO”

Don’t pay to manage your credit score

I was asked earlier this week what’s the best way to check a credit score? There are a few ways to get your credit score, but check to see what your credit card company offers first. Many credit card issuers now provide cardholders with their credit score as a free benefit.  The card issuer I use provides my FICO® score, score history, key factors affecting my score, and suggestions on how to improve my score.  Continue reading “Don’t pay to manage your credit score”

4 ways to get free money from spending and saving

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 wayContinue reading “4 ways to get free money from spending and saving”

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Many thanks if you downloaded my book on Amazon!

Your efforts helped me achieve a #1 ranking in 3 Amazon Business & Money categories during my free promotion launch.

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I’m already working on a second book that will help Millennials understand the cost of making big financial decisions, like raising children, so stay tuned!

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Savings evolution: Use these three measures to become a money master

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”

Developing financial know-how by learning to speak money management

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”

How do I follow my money? By tracking funds flow

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.

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