I recently watched How To Get Rich on Netflix, in which Ramit Sethi attempts to help various people with their financial problems. There is a lot to like about the show. Ramit does a great job getting couples to be more transparent with each other about their finances so they can work together towards their … Continue reading The Problem With How To Get Rich By Ramit Sethi
Stop Complaining About High Income Tax Rates, Californians; Many in Maryland Pay More
California is well-known for having high income tax rates. The highest marginal tax rate in California is 12.3% (13.3% including the mental health services tax for incomes over $1 million). This is the highest of any state, so you often see Californians complaining about the high taxes they have to pay. However, the top marginal … Continue reading Stop Complaining About High Income Tax Rates, Californians; Many in Maryland Pay More
Which Is More Important For Reaching Financial Independence: Increasing Income or Increasing Savings Rate?
Many people think that the primary way to become financially independent is by increasing your income so that you can quickly build up a nest egg. Others think that your savings rate is the most important. The truth is there are pros and cons to both approaches, and the fastest way to FI is by … Continue reading Which Is More Important For Reaching Financial Independence: Increasing Income or Increasing Savings Rate?
How Do Savings Account Balances Compare By State
Building up an emergency fund is an important step towards financial security. It means that you are no longer living paycheck to paycheck and you have a buffer in case you are faced with a large, unexpected expense. Unfortunately, most Americans do not have an emergency fund. In fact, most people do not even have … Continue reading How Do Savings Account Balances Compare By State
Despite Earning Below Average Income, We Saved 30% Last Year. Here’s How
2020 was a good year for us savings-wise. We managed to save 30% of our income, which is significantly better than the national average for 2020 of 16%. This is even more impressive considering our income is rather mediocre. According to the 2019 Consumer Expenditure Survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average … Continue reading Despite Earning Below Average Income, We Saved 30% Last Year. Here’s How
How Do Average Americans Spend Their Paychecks?
According to a joint survey by the Association of Young Americans and AARP, 55% of Americans spend equal to or more than they earn, which means that more than half of Americans are not able to save any money at all on a regular basis. But where does this money go? What are the common … Continue reading How Do Average Americans Spend Their Paychecks?
Infographic: Relationship Between Net Worth and Income
Common sense would tell us that net worth increases as income increases. However, it's not as simple as that, as you can see in the infographic I created using data from the 2019 Survey of Consumer Finances. https://anchor.fm/cozy-nest-egg/episodes/Net-Worth-And-Income-e120qmq Net worth increases exponentially relative to income The first observation we can make based on the infographic … Continue reading Infographic: Relationship Between Net Worth and Income
Learn How To Budget In Microsoft Excel
Budgeting is an important skill to learn to be financially successful. According to the U.S. National Financial Capability Study, 19% of individuals reported that their households spent more than their income in 2018. That means that approximately 1 in 5 Americans spend more money than they earn. This can often happen when people do not … Continue reading Learn How To Budget In Microsoft Excel