Our contemporary culture likes to ask what causes poverty. But this question is based on a false premise. Ask this question instead.
For new college graduates, it can be an exciting time. But when entering the world of adulthood, making these mistakes can be very costly.
Over the past year, there has been increasing interest in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, LiteCoin, Ethereum, and even the (joke) Dogecoin. This can be seen merely by the amount of volume sold over that time period, especially in the past six months. As much as it’s in the news, there are still a lot of unanswered … Continue reading Bitcoin, Ethereum, & Other Cryptocurrency: Should You Buy?
I work with people from all walks of life. Some are just starting adult life, while others are nearing retirement. Some have a very high household income, some are very low. In the mainstream culture, these factors are often considered dispositive; that’s how it is and your future is fixed as a result. However, when … Continue reading Working with a Financial Coach: What Your Life Can Look Like
Social Security sounds like a nice idea on paper, but the math tells a very different story. I can't stand seeing people lose so much money.
We're now in the '20s, can you believe it? Cue the jazz music and all-time stock market highs from all that investing! Well, perhaps jazz music won't be as popular as it was a century ago, but we have had a rather vibrant economy at the moment as we did in the 1920s, and the … Continue reading One Investing Chart Shows Why the Long Term is What Really Matters
It's a common question that a lot of folks ask when they hear about the idea of working with a coach: " Why should I pay someone when I can’t even make payments on some of our debts?" It often seems illogical to add what may seem like "another payment" to your budget. But a … Continue reading “We Used a Coach…My Cousin Didn’t” – Life With and Without A Coach
Step 3 of the Baby Steps program is to save three to six months of expenses in an emergency fund. This fund is not supposed to be used for shopping sprees, vacations, cars, sofa specials, or anything of that sort; only for true, emergency situations like a job layoff or medical incident. What to spend … Continue reading Where Should I Put My Emergency Fund?
Conventional "wisdom" says that there's no way around having a car payment every month. Vehicles are just so expensive that there's just no way a person can avoid it. You're stuck with that $500 a month payment and have to deal with it for the rest of your life. It turns out this conventional wisdom … Continue reading Car Payments Are One of Your Biggest Obstacles; Here’s Why
It's easy to think that if we earned just a bit more money, we'd be able to get ahead; that a few hundred dollars more a month will do the trick, or that a six-figure income is what really makes becoming wealthy possible. But contrary to popular opinion, that's simply not true. Solving financial problems … Continue reading Money Won’t Solve Your Financial Problems, But This Will