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?

Can You Be A Millionaire By 40 With Just An Average Salary?

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?

What Is Inflation And Why Should You Care?

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?

How Much Does It Cost To Raise A 1-Year-Old?

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?

Why Emotions And Investing Don’t Mix

Investing your money is a great way to grow your nest egg, but it can be challenging for beginners. Investing is inherently risky. If you invest poorly or are unlucky, you could end up losing your money. However, if you are disciplined and invest for the long term, you are likely to generate a substantial … Continue reading Why Emotions And Investing Don’t Mix

Will Home Prices Decrease When Mortgage Rates Increase?

As we are currently experiencing rock-bottom mortgage rates under 3% for a 30-year fixed mortgage, it's only natural to wonder what will happen to home prices when interest rates finally increase again. This is particularly important for first-time homebuyers who are planning to buy a house in the near future but still have to wait … Continue reading Will Home Prices Decrease When Mortgage Rates Increase?

How To Prepare For A Market Downturn

With the stock market at record highs, a pandemic ravaging our country, and a violent mob attempting to overthrow the government, it's only a matter of time before the stock market takes a dive. Although it's unpleasant to see your investments lose value, this is not something to fear. The market goes up and down … Continue reading How To Prepare For A Market Downturn

What Is It Like To Be A First-Time Homebuyer In The U.S.?

As a young married couple with a small child, my wife and I have talked a lot recently about when would be the right time for us to buy a house. We like the idea of building home equity rather than renting, especially at today's low mortgage rates, and we believe that owning a house … Continue reading What Is It Like To Be A First-Time Homebuyer In The U.S.?

What Is The Average Change In Net Worth Per Year?

Everyone wants their net worth to grow, but it's nice to have a benchmark to compare your growth to in order to see how you are doing. Unfortunately, it's not easy to find the average annual change in net worth. It is possible to find annual net growth targets, as in this Financial Samurai article, … Continue reading What Is The Average Change In Net Worth Per Year?