GIVE YOURSELF A RAISE (AS REPORTED BY HOLLY JOHNSON ON WWW.THESIMPLEDOLLAR.COM)

Growing one’s wealth comes from following two simple pieces of advice: earn more and spend less. Easier said than done, sure. But still true. Earning more can come from a raise or a promotion, most commonly. But there’s nothing saying that you can’t take it on yourself to earn more when that raise isn’t coming…. Read More

THE BASICS OF BUDGETING (AS REPORTED BY STEVE ROUSSEAU ON WWW.DIGG.COM)

Everyone should have a budget, regardless of where they are in life. An accurate budget can do a few things for you. First, it gives you a clear picture of money in and money out. Second, it keeps you from spending more than you can afford. And third, the simple act of keeping a budget… Read More

Expenses Drop in Retirement (as reported by www.freemoneyfinance.com)

As one gets closer to retirement, it can be a little scary trying to figure out how to pay for all of life’s expenses without an income for the first time in your life. But do remember that there are a number of expenses that will go down dramatically, or disappear completely, in retirement. For… Read More

10 Common Financial Mistakes (as reported by Tracie Fobes on blog.credit.com)

There are many financial decisions that we as Americans make throughout our lives. Some are big, like buying a house or opening a new retirement account. Some are small, like trips to the grocery store. Often, there are financial mistakes that we make because we don’t have the right knowledge or fail to pay attention… Read More

Finance and Marriage (as reported by Michael Chamberlain on www.forbes.com)

Marriage is a defining moment in one’s life. It is also a time, though most people choose to believe otherwise, when personal finances take on even greater importance. The reason why is that two people with two separate financial situations and views are now joining together. The most important thing couples can do before they… Read More

50/20/30 Budget Rule (as reported by blog.mint.com)

Budgeting can be a difficult skill to learn for most people. As humans, we have a natural tendency to value the present over the future. And so when we begin making money, we would rather spend it than save it. A simple rule can help you begin to think differently. The 50/20/30 Rule (or 50/20/30… Read More

Thinking About Money (as reported by Claudia Hammond on www.qz.com)

This may seem obvious, but how we think about money impacts how we spend it. A classic thought experiment repeated many times over proves the theory that as human beings, we mentally separate money into different “accounts” by what we intend to use it for. And the way we do this makes it more or… Read More