Investing can be simple, or it can be quite complex. For most people, simplicity is the best choice. Just invest in a total market or S&P 500 index fund, and you'll be good to go (check out The Simple Way To Become A Millionaire). This allows you to take advantage of compounding in the stock … Continue reading Why I Like Covered Calls
Everyone wants to be a millionaire, but no one wants to work for it. Here's the good news: you don't have to! There's a simple way to become a millionaire with almost no extra work. It only takes three steps. Step 1: Save No matter what income you make, save a portion of it every … Continue reading The Simple Way To Become A Millionaire
Many of our articles discuss the best ways to manage your finances, but just because you know what you should do doesn't mean you actually do it. Do as I say, not as I do. In this article, I assess whether our own financial habits match up with experts' advice. Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com … Continue reading Evaluating Our Own Financial Habits: Do We Follow Our Own Advice?
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
My wife and I recently received our stimulus check. For anyone who doesn't already know, the amount this time is $1,400 for an individual earning up to $75,000 and $2,800 for a married couple earning up to $150,000. You also get $1,400 for each dependent. This was the largest of the stimulus payments we have … Continue reading Top 6 Ways To Use Your Stimulus Check In Order Of Priority
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?
I recently saw an ad on Facebook that was something to the effect of "How to be a millionaire by age 40." When I clicked to read the article, the advice given was basically to get a really high paying job at a very young age and start investing right away. While this would certainly … Continue reading Can You Be A Millionaire By 40 With Just An Average Salary?
When I wrote a recent article about emotional investing and optimal investing strategies, I did not take inflation into account, as I was following the methodology of the Seeking Alpha article called The Shocking Returns Of The Investor Who Only Bought At Market Tops. However, the more I thought about the setup, the more unrealistic … Continue reading What Is Inflation And Why Should You Care?
When you're thinking about having children, a common question is how much it will cost to raise a child. Now that my son is almost 2, I can share how much we have spent on him this last year. Hopefully this will provide some guidance for anyone curious about the extra expenses of raising a … Continue reading How Much Does It Cost To Raise A 1-Year-Old?