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How to Save Money

how to save money

how to save money

You do not need a savings thesaurus in order to know that saving money is one of the most widely discussed topics all over the world. It is also one of the most effective ways of starting to build wealth. It is a well-known fact that no one can become financially secure if they do not have the mental and fiscal discipline required to save money each and every month. The following are a few tips and suggestions that will go a long way in getting you into the saving mood:

Take advantage of coupons and reward credit cards

Many people might not know that coupons offer you an extremely competitive edge in saving money to build wealth. By redeeming coupons, you will be able to have a little bit more to spend than you would have had if you did not use the coupons. You can use this money to build your savings pile in your account, or you can funnel it to pay off something else. In the end, you will be the one to benefit. Credit cards also have awesome rewards like free flights and offer you lower rates for specific services. Instead of paying the full rate for the services specified, take the opportunity and use your credit card instead and thus save money.

Use comparison websites before making a purchase

With the advent of the internet and search engines, it is now easier than ever before to scout for deals on purchases such as car purchases and insurance covers. There are websites which are dedicated solely to showing you the different prices that different companies have for the same commodity. This will offer you the cheapest option for whatever you want, whether it is a car, a boat or a home. The savings that you will make can then go towards building your war chest for a rainy. You do not need a savings thesaurus to tell you that saving money is the same thing as building wealth.

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Investing in Mutual Funds

investing in mutual funds

investing in mutual funds

Investing in mutual funds is often touted as one of the easiest ways for the ordinary man or woman in the streets to make a lot of money and build wealth that can be used to take care of retirement planning, or to create enough money for other investment projects that will in turn bring in even more money than you could have imagined possible. However, before taking all of your money and putting it into mutual funds, there are a few basic things that you will need to know about them. This knowledge will prevent you from making a mistake and ending up with thousands of dollars of losses.

What are mutual funds?

A mutual fund basically refers to a number of investors, companies and other people who bring or rather pool their money together so that it can be used to make investments in the stock market and money market. The assumption is that pooling together of individual resources for investment purposes will yield higher returns than simply going it alone. In a mutual fund, a professional money manager will make all the investment decisions on behalf of the group of people and institutional investors.

What are the benefits of mutual funds?

There are many advantages to be derived from mutual funds. The first is that you will not be in charge of your investments, as this work will be delegated to a professional money manager who will have all the knowledge and expertise required to make wise investment decisions on your behalf. As such, you will not have to spend hours reading thick tomes of market statistics so as to come up with a suitable investment strategy. You will be able to focus on other duties and other activities while still earning money on the side. This is what makes investing in mutual funds so attractive.

 

Consolidation Loans Tips

consolidation loans tips

consolidation loans tips

There are many instances where you might find yourself overwhelmed by your financial obligations. This especially happens where you have many debts to pay to your creditors, but you do not have enough money coming in to service all the debts at once. This is where consolidation loans come to play. A debt consolidation simply adds up all your debt obligations and transfers them to one central account. There are many services that deal with this, and they benefit by charging you a small fee for this debt consolidation. On the other hand, these services are able to get you a better deal with your creditors by reducing your total debt obligation. The following are some tips and information about debt consolidation that you should know about:

Choose your debt consolidation service with care

It is very important that you choose the right debt consolidation service with a lot of care. This is due to the fact that choosing the wrong one will only lead to disappointment and an increased debt obligation load, as you will have to pay exorbitant fees for the poor service that you will be receiving. Make use of friends and coworkers who have gone through the same thing that you are going through. These are the ones who will guide you and show you the best services that you should approach to help you through this terrible time. You can also use the internet to get more information on debt consolidation and on how to choose the best and most affordable service.

Look for alternative sources of income to pay off your debts

You will also need to look for additional sources of income so as to pay off your loan. This could be achieved by refinancing your home, or selling off some of your investment assets. Consolidation loans are helpful in digging you out of your financial hole.

Retirement Planning

retirement planning

retirement planning

Retirement planning is an important financial goal for looking a comfortable future. Most workers want to be financially independent and have a comfortable retirement.

Although most workers are eligible for social security benefits, for average income workers, social security retirement benefits will replace only about 43% of their gross earnings in the year prior to retirement. Thus, most retired workers will need additional income just to maintain their present standard of living during retirement. You can obtain additional income by having a separate retirement program and, if available, by participating in a private pension plan sponsored by your employer.

 

Although retirement planning is important, many workers are not saving enough to retire comfortably. A study by Merrill Lynch showed that the baby boom generation (those born between 1946 and 1964) has saved only about 35% of the amount needed just to maintain the standard of living in retirement that they have attained during their working years.

In addition, the amount of financial assets accumulated by older workers on the threshold of retirement is relatively small, especially for minority workers. The Rand Corporation analyzed the amount of financial assets owned by older households and individuals ages 51-61. The study showed that in 1993, the median amount of financial assets owned by middle-aged white households was only $17,300. For middle-aged blade households, the median amount of financial assets owned was only $400, and for Hispanic households, only $150 these amounts are small. Thus, any supplemental retirement income will also be small. As a result, such workers will likely be faced with a reduced standard of living after retirement.

The preceding data show that many workers are inadequately prepared for           retirement. Saving for retirement should receive greater emphasis in a financial plan even if the amounts saved are relatively small. Because of the powerful effect of compound interest, small amounts saved regularly can accumulate to substantial; amounts over a long period. For example, if you save and invest only $10 monthly in a growth stock mutual fund in a tax-deferred retirement plan and earn an average annual return on 10%, you will accumulate more than $22.000 at the end of 30 years.

 

Develop and Implement a Financial Plan

develop and implemen a plan

develop and implement financial plan

Developing and implementing a financial plan should be realistic a definitive time line. For example, assume that Jennifer age 26 earns $28,000 annually and wants to save $15,000 for a down payment on a home within the next three years. She needs a specific financial plan to attain her goal. In this case, Jennifer has $250 deducted from her salary each month, which i s automatically deposited in to a savings account. She has also cut back on the purchase of clothes, entertainment, and vacations, and saves the money instead. She avoids impulse buying and pays off her credit card balances each month to avoid paying exorbitant rates of interest. ln addition, Jennifer used to spend an average of $5 daily to buy lunch at a nearby restaurant; to save money; she now takes her lunch to work (“brownbagging”) rather than eating out. At the end of three years, Jennifer has accumulated $15, 000 and has attained her goal. Her success is due to a realistic financial plan with a definite time limit.

In the preceding example, we discussed only one financial goal. A more comprehensive financial plan with numerous financial goals may require the assistance of professionals. A Chartered Life Underwriter (CLO), Certified Financial Planner (CFP), or Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) can provide valuable assistance to help you identify you r financial goals and to develop effective strategies for attaining such goals. Competent insurance agents can recommend the right type and amount of life and health insurance, disability income insurance, home owners insurance, and auto insurance to meet your insurance needs. A competent and ethical account executive of a brokerage firm can provide valuable advice on the various types of investments to meet your investment goals. Finally, you may need an attorney to draft a will or other trust documents, especially in estate planning.

 

 

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