Budgeting & Spending

Budgeting, especially for the future can be tricky. Find articles below to help you reduce your spending, save more, understand inflation, know how much you can spend, strategize for emergencies and more.

Your household budget is a foundation of your financial wellness. When working, ideally you are spending less than you are earning and are able to save the balance. When you are retired, you need to be able to plan to spend less over your lifetime than your retirement income and savings withdrawals allow.

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Can You Live Happily in Retirement With Just 66% of Your Work Income? (Yes! Most Do)

Research suggests that average annual retirement income for retirees is far less than what they earned before retirement. And, it’s not a problem!

July 11, 2024
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Keys to a Successful Retirement: The 3 Attributes of Financially Solvent Retirees

A recent study found 3 traits to help you achieve a successful retirement. Adopt these maxims to achieve a more secure future.

May 30, 2024
retirement bucket strategy

Is a Retirement Bucket Strategy Right for You and Your Money? (And, How to Calculate)

Is a retirement bucket strategy right for you? Learn how to calculate your buckets and model them in your financial plan.

May 23, 2024
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11 Ways Money Really Can Buy Happiness

Does money buy happiness? It does if you know how to spend it. Find out how to improve your quality of life with the right kind of spending.

May 9, 2024
stagflation

Stagflation: When Inflation Meets Stagnation and What to Do About It

Stagflation is a future possibility. Discover how we might prevent it and what to do if it happens. Read now…

May 9, 2024
high insurance costs

Why is Your Property Insurance So High? 10 Ways to Lower the Cost

Explore the 3 main reasons why your property insurance is so high and discover ways to reduce your expenditure.

May 2, 2024

How the Wealthy Spend Money Differently from Everyone Else

How are the spending habits of the wealthy different from yours? Get insights into wealth accumulation and financial success.

April 25, 2024
consumption smoothing

What is Consumption Smoothing? And, Why Is It Important if You Want Long Term Financial Stability?

While most people do short term consumption smoothing, you really need it for your future financial security.

April 18, 2024
retirement spending

9 Ways to Overcome the Terror of Spending Your Retirement Savings

Uneasy about watching that retirement nest egg get smaller month after month? Don’t worry. Use these 9 tips to overcome your fear of retirement spending.

April 18, 2024
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11 Ideas for Living on Social Security Alone

Living on Social Security alone really is possible. Get the scoop on 11 ways to make it work for your situation. Read now!

April 18, 2024
social security and taxes

What You Need to Know About Social Security and Taxes

Yes. You might pay taxes on Social Security. Learn what to expect (federal, state and work penalties) and explore ways to reduce the expense.

April 4, 2024
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24 Ways to Cut Costs for Retirement

Reducing expenses is a good way to deal with inflation. Here are 24 tips to make it a little easier to cut costs.

March 20, 2024
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Average Retirement Spending: Will You Spend More or Less Once You Retire and How Does that Compare to Other Retirees?

Average retirement spending for those over 65 is $48,872 a year. See average spending in specific categories and how to project your own needs.

March 7, 2024
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9 Tips for Estimating Retirement Expenses: You Need to Get this Right!

If you want a secure retirement, you need to go about estimating retirement expenses. Get 9 great tips for succeeding at this difficult task.

January 31, 2024
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The 5 Best Financial Planning Tools Online: Go Beyond Budgeting

Whether you are interested in budgeting, monitoring your finances, or making better financial decisions, find a financial planning tool that fits your goals.

November 12, 2023
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12 Year-End Tax Planning Strategies to Keep More 2023 Money and Prepare for Future Wealth

These 12 year-end tax tips for retirement will help you minimize your 2023 taxes and reduce future tax bills.

November 2, 2023
IRMAA

Medicare Surcharges (IRMAA): How the Wealthier Pay MORE for Coverage

Are you wealthy? You may be paying extra for Medicare. Find out why and how to reduce your IRMAA – Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount.

October 17, 2023
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Audit Your Spending: 5 Ways to Review Your Expenses to Ensure Your Desired Financial Outcomes

Explore 5 categories of expenses and get get tips for auditing your spending to better achieve your near- and long-term goals.

October 12, 2023
is college worth the cost

Economic Viewpoint: Is College Still Worth the Cost of Tuition?

Are college costs worth it? A degree promises higher earnings, but not always more lifetime wealth.

September 14, 2023
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Compound Interest and Saving as Much as You Can as Early as You Can: Magical Secrets to Building Real Wealth

Building wealth can seem like it will take a miracle. Compound interest (especially if you start early) might just be the magic you seek.

July 5, 2023
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Good Debt and Bad Debt: A Quick Guide to Wise Use of Borrowing for Financial Success

Debt isn’t necessarily terrible. Good debt helps you get ahead. Bad debt puts you in a hole. Understand the differences for better financial outcomes.

July 4, 2023
financial basics

Financial Basics: A Guide to the Habits and Strategies of Spending, Saving, and Investing for a Secure Future

Mastering the financial basics is doable by anyone at any age. Here is a simple guide. Steps to take at 20, 25, 45, or even 55 to get and stay on track to a secure future.

June 1, 2023
how to get out of debt

How to Get Out of Debt: 12 Ways to Reduce this Expense for a More Secure Future

Debt levels have climbed to an all time high. Reducing this financial burden is a very worthy goal. Not sure how to get out of debt? You have options. Use this article to get motivated and find a way to approach your debt that feels right for you and your priorities. There are quite a…

May 23, 2023
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Trying to Gain Financial Control? Here are 4 Straightforward Steps to Feeling Better About Your Money

You don’t need to feel overwhelmed by financial stress. Here are 4 straightforward steps to help you gain financial control.

May 20, 2023

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