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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15 Ways to Stop Wasting Money Everyday and Save More More for Retirement

You might not think of it this way, but most of us get scammed — somewhat tricked — out of our hard-earned money every single day.  Little expenses can add up to big bucks that we could be saving for retirement and spending in our golden years. Whether it’s spending money on (frankly) dumb stuff,…

February 9, 2020
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How to Create a Reliable Retirement Budget: Plan for Evolving Spending

Your retirement budget determines how much you will really need to have saved for a secure retirement. It is very important to get this right. While accurately estimating your expenses for the rest of your life is a daunting prospect, the right tools and advice can make it easy. Your retirement budget will evolve… Detailed…

July 25, 2019
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Average Retirement Income 2019: How Do You Compare?

As more and more baby boomers head into retirement, there is a growing conversation about how to generate adequate retirement income from retirement assets. Even with some good economic news, many of us are going to come up short. Retirement income doesn’t grow on trees… But you can make it grow! According to the most…

February 26, 2019

The Retirement Switcheroo: 6 Tips to Flip Your Mindset from Saving to Efficient Spending!

Retirement is a big deal and a huge life change. You have a whole new lifestyle and need a very different way of thinking about your money. In fact, your financial mindset needs to get flipped upside down. You need to go from a focus on accumulation (saving, saving, saving) to spending (efficient use and…

February 6, 2019

Podcast: Jesse Mecham – Budgeting as a Life Altering Experience

Episode 19 of the NewRetirement podcast is an interview with Jesse Mecham — the founder of You Need a Budget, a CrossFit/PowerLifter and generally strong guy. We discuss why budgeting is a powerful life altering tool for him and their users, how they got started and what’s unique about how they educate people and build…

November 29, 2018
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Ways to Increase your Wealth (Make Money Today!)

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October 22, 2018
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5 Easy Ways To Save More Than $5,000 (This Year!)

Disclosure: Some links on this site, may be affiliate links. If you click on one of these links and buy from the affiliated company, then we receive some small compensation. The modest income helps to support our work. Affiliate links do not increase your cost, and we only use them for products or services that…

October 8, 2018
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3 Easy Ways to Achieve Your 2018 Financial Resolutions: It’s Not Too Late!

According to a report by NerdWallet, in 2018 84% of people made financial resolutions.  If you are among these planners, but haven’t quite achieved your goals, it’s not too late.  And, it can even be relatively easy!  September, October, November, December… You still have four months to achieve your 2018 money related resolutions! Here are…

September 19, 2018
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The First Lifelong Victims of the Income Gap Are Retiring and Bankruptcy Rates Are Skyrocketing

If you made it into the ranks of high income earners, you are probably going to be okay in retirement.  If you are part of the working class, the news is not as great. The first victims of the income gap are beginning to retire and feeling financially secure in retirement will be difficult for…

September 6, 2018
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Spend Less and Save More: 10 Sneaky Shopping Tricks

You’ve probably heard this standard money-saving advice: If you want to save money, eat out at restaurants less and cook at home more. But it’s almost as easy to blow your budget at the grocery store as it is when dining out. Stores use some crazy shopping tricks to make you buy more. You know…

February 20, 2018
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Expert Interview: How to Stretch your Retirement Dollar

The decade between has been tough for retirees and those nearing retirement, says Gary Foreman, founder of The Dollar Stretcher. “So many had counted on cashing out the equity in their homes to help fund retirement,” he says. “The crash of 2008 not only ended that dream, but also wiped out much of their IRA…

December 1, 2015
Retirement

Retirement Income Myth Debunked: Dying Broke is a Bad Plan

You may have heard this little piece of retirement advice: you should spend all of your money while there is still time to spend it. Though the notion of “dying broke” may appeal to many Americans, it is not the best advice for those who are approaching retirement. People are living longer and experiencing increased…

June 30, 2015
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Expert Interview with Keith Whelan of Cash Flow Navigator On Wealth Vs. Cash Flow

Many of us want to be wealthy, but few of us realize what it takes to get there. That’s why Keith Whelan founded Cashflownavigator, a site that lets you track where your money goes and gives you the tools to redirect it. He was kind enough to speak with us about how to do more…

March 20, 2015
Retirement

5 Reasons You Want Good Credit as You Head Into Retirement

As you approach retirement, you have a lot on your mind. Deciding how and where you would like to spend your retirement years and making sure that you have the funds to do so are probably at the top of your list. Chances are that you are not thinking much about your credit score, but…

February 27, 2015
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Retirement Solutions: What Can Be Done about Soaring Car Insurance Rates?

Once you turn 70, car insurance is a whole new and potentially expensive ballgame. This could be the most wonderful time of your life, at least if you’re prepared for what’s up ahead in the road. But if you prefer to drive without a map, there might be some expensive surprises on your journey through…

January 22, 2015

Expert Interview with Lynette from Cleverly Simple About Fun, Frugal Living

Lynette Rice knows what it takes to live life to the fullest without overspending. That’s why she created her own website, Cleverly Simple, and shares what she knows with readers. Here, Rice shares some tips with readers looking to save money, cut back on overspending, and find ways to save on everyday items. Cleverly Simple…

January 20, 2015
Personal finances

Expert Interview with Deacon Hayes of Well Kept Wallet About Personal Finances

Old or young, it’s never too late or too early to prepare for the future, or just to practice healthy financial habits – to have more while spending less. Deacon Hayes and his wife were drowning in debt. They set out to learn how successful people handled their money and discovered they were doing it…

January 5, 2015
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7 Ways to Boost Savings, Retire Early

Saving for retirement sometimes takes a bit of creativity. This is especially true if you’ve spent some time with a devil-may-care attitude and are just now getting down to business. You’re not alone, if that’s the case. More often than not, you’ll look for ways to boost savings rather than sit comfortably with what you’ve…

December 11, 2014
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Expert Interview with Jim Koch on Managing Outcomes

Americans spend too much time focusing on investing, and not enough time understanding or planning for living expenses in retirement, says Jim Koch, principal and founder of Koch Capital Management LLC. “It’s actually quite sad to me that so much time and energy is spent on looking for that home-run stock versus determining all the…

November 14, 2014
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Expert Interview with Todd Tresidder About Financial Freedom and Focusing Your Finances on Values and Security

While he was an entrepreneur in the investment management industry, Todd Tresidder noticed a contradiction in what got him to his own financial independence and what was normally taught. From this contradiction, Todd found motivation to create Financial Mentor to teach financial freedom and wealth building. With his economics and investing background, Todd has a…

November 2, 2014
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Expert Interview with Natalie McNeal on Frugal Living and Planning for Your Future Retirement

Natalie McNeal turned being smart with money into a career: She’s the editor of The Frugalista and is always looking for a smart way to save a dollar for the future. She spoke with us about how to change how we view money and better plan for the future. Do you think we spend too…

November 2, 2014

Expert Interview with Jason Vitug on Being Financially Literate for NewRetirement.com

If you ask Jason Vitug, financial literacy is the single most important issue in America, impacting our life and economy. “The unfortunate reality is that we aren’t taught about money at school,” he says. “We learn how to calculate the circumference of a circle but not about compound interest.” And while government organizations and nonprofits…

October 24, 2014

Expert Interview with Miron Lulic on Planning Your Retirement the Right Way

Miron Lucic always thinks ahead. On his blog SuperMoney, he’s constantly on the cutting edge of retirement planning, among other financial topics. He laid out for us how to plan for your retirement while balancing your other financial needs. What are some mistaken beliefs about retirement planning you often see? Probably the most common misconception…

October 15, 2014

Top 5 Sources of Retirement Income

Generating enough income to live comfortably during retirement is one of the biggest challenges that every American may face later in life. In 2014, the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) asked Baby Boomers what they considered their top-five retirement income sources. They found that Social Security tops their list. In fact, research shows that 65% of…

September 3, 2014

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