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?
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
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
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?
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
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