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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14 Ways to Budget: Find the Best Method for Your Personality and Goals

Budgeting doesn’t have to be awful. We’ll help you find a way to budget that helps you with your financial goals and suits your personality.

May 18, 2023
why budget

Why Budgeting Matters: 8 Reasons to Adopt This Foundational Financial Habit

Why budget? Budgeting can improve your short-term and long-term finances as well as your emotional well being.

May 18, 2023
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What is a Recession?

What is a recession? The good news? Well, recession isn’t always so bad and you probably won’t know are in one until after it’s over.

April 13, 2023

18 of the Most Important Lessons from Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE) Influencers

Some people retire in their 20s and 30s. What’s the secret? Here are top lessons from the most popular financial independence influencers.

March 30, 2023
retirement taxes

Go Beyond Tax Filing and Plan to Pay Less in the Future with These 25 Tax Planning Tips

Planning for the future should involve strategizing to minimize taxes. Explore 25 tips to help you plan, do retirement tax filings, and save money.

March 16, 2023
debt ceiling

What is the Debt Ceiling Crisis and 8 Ways to Prepare for Possible Fallout

Understand the basics of the federal debt ceiling and how to prepare for the X date and the financial fallout that may follow.

January 19, 2023
retirement costs

10 Major Retirement Costs Overlooked by a Many Americans

Underestimating expenses is a good way to run out of money. Learn about commonly overlooked retirement expenses. You’ll be surprised by #1.

September 22, 2022

The “Inflation Reduction Act of 2022” and What it Means for Your Retirement

Learn how the “Inflation Reduction Act of 2022” may improve your retirement? (Reduced healthcare costs and inflation reduction.)

July 28, 2022
Managing Money in Retirement

10 Great Tips for Managing Money in Retirement

In some ways managing money in retirement will be easier and in other ways it will be harder. Here are 10 tips for getting it right.

July 7, 2022
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What’s Your Personal Inflation Rate?: Inflation is Not an Equal Opportunity Phenomenon

Average inflation is high. But, what is your personal inflation rate? Find out how to calculate and what it means.

May 26, 2022
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Medicare Advantage Plans Too Often Deny Care and Claims: What to Do About It

A government report finds that Medicare Advantage plans are denying coverage and claims. Find out what to do about it.

May 19, 2022
emergency money

The Best (and Worst) Sources of Emergency Money

If you find yourself needing emergency money or income, here is a guide to 11 different sources of funding. Explore the pros and cons.

March 10, 2022
What to do about inflation

What to Do About Inflation? How Are People Adjusting Retirement Plans in the Face of Rising Costs?

Is doing nothing a sane response to inflation today? For some, absolutely. Others need to take action. Explore your options.

February 10, 2022
Managing Money in Retirement

10 Great Tips for Managing Money in Retirement

In some ways managing money in retirement will be easier and in other ways it will be harder. Here are 10 tips for getting it right.

February 2, 2022

12 Surprising Ways to Save on Retirement Health Care Costs

Out of pocket retirement health care costs can be outrageous. Use these 12 surprising tips for a healthier and wealthier retirement.

November 24, 2021

Pursue Dental Care Before You Retire

There’s one important task that you may be forgetting before you retire: pursuing dental care. Learn why and access a full retirement checklist.

November 3, 2021
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401(k) Fees: Get to Know What You Pay and Reduce the Expense

Many of us are oblivious to the fees, but almost everyone with a 401(k) pays them. Get 7 ideas for reducing costs to greatly increase wealth.

September 23, 2021

Is a Tiny House the Big Solution for Your Retirement Plan?

Six reasons tiny homes are increasingly popular for retirement and how to see if it is a good option for you.

August 25, 2021

Is it Time to Sell Your Home? Will it Help You Get the Retirement You Want?

Your home is an important part of your retirement lifestyle and finances. With housing prices at record highs, is it time to sell?

August 4, 2021
charitable giving

Charitable Giving in Retirement: 4 Questions to Ask

For many of us, the desire to engage in charitable giving — giving  to our family, communities or world — only grows as we age. And there may be good reason that we want to give.  It turns out that giving is good — very good.  Numerous studies have found that there is a huge…

June 7, 2021

8 Ways to Cut Housing Costs for Retirement

Should you try to cut housing costs? Is there an option that is right for you? Downsizing? Retire abroad? Refi? Explore your options.

April 29, 2021
retiring to a holiday inn

Hotels, Cruises and Communes! Unexpected Ways to Afford a Little Help as You Age

Most of us are going to need some extra support as we age. Cooking, cleaning, running errands and more are called “activities of daily living” and it can be nice to get help with these tasks as you age. Is retiring to a Holiday Inn the answer? Living independently can be extremely difficult as we…

March 22, 2021

Podcast: Paula Pant — You can Afford Anything but not Everything

Episode 54 of the NewRetirement podcast is an interview with Paula Pant, the Founder of Afford Anything, a personal finance site, and host of the Afford Anything Podcast with 15 million downloads. (congrats!) Paula’s core belief is that you can “Afford Anything but not Everything”, and every decision has a tradeoff. We’re going to discuss…

March 18, 2021
Dig out of a financial hole

17 Ways to Dig Yourself Out of a Financial Hole (and Build Toward Retirement)

 At age 47 I was jobless, emotionally broken after an abusive marriage, and running through savings to keep a divorce attorney in my corner. Grieving my mother’s death and terrified that my disabled adult daughter and I would end up homeless, I couldn’t see any kind of future for myself. Within five years I had…

March 18, 2021

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