Savings

Many people are paid every two weeks, so August may be one of the two months this year you will get an additional paycheck. If you are married and your spouse works outside of the home and paid the same way, then that may mean 2 extra paychecks this month.  However, if you don’t plan, this money will […]

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Do you wonder what is the best rate of return that you can get on a savings account? Does it really matter? Toward the end of this article I will give you some rates I found, but even though it does matter, it doesn’t matter as much as you think, so don’t sweat it too […]

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Do you think your children are learning from their parents’ financial woes and are practicing better personal finances, such as saving more money? The Wall Street Journal yesterday reported on this subject in “Watching Parents Fail Sparks New Rebellion: Saving Money.” I think this could indeed be true. I know we have been transparent with […]

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Several media sources report that 1 in 12 households or 10% of Americans today do not use bank checking accounts, but use cash for everything. Most people have had checking accounts at some point.  Some have had to close them because they never learned to manage them well. Others closed accounts after life’s circumstances put […]

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People are aware of inflation, since it is talked about all the time on the news and they see gasoline prices increasing astronomically and erratically. You may have heard someone talk about loss of purchasing power, but what does that mean? As a quick review, when you invest or save money, and you pull it out […]

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Interest rates continue to plummet for borrowers, with mortgage rates dropping below 4% for 30 year fixed, and less than 3% for shorter term mortgages like 15 year plans. Conversely investors continue to see interest rates drop for their investments and savings accounts. For conservative investors and those wanting to put emergency savings in a FDIC […]

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Source: Wall Street Journal The U.S. personal savings rate has been decreasing this year. Looking back at 2011, it has been steadily decreasing from 5.2% in January to 4.30% in September, but it began to increase by the end of the year to 4.70%. Although March showed a slight increase to 3.80%, the overall savings rate is not good […]

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The 1st of 9 Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University classes is Super Saving. This is an excellent class to start with and begin to set the goal to accomplish  Baby Step number one; saving $1,000 in an emergency fund. The emergency fund will provide the safety net, or insurance, when something happens in life like a car repair […]

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Many people ask me about savings accounts, money markets and CDs, and the latest version of CDs, market linked or index CDs: Q. Most financial experts say that we should accumulate 3 – 6 months of income or expenses in a safe savings account, for emergencies, such as job loss, uninsured damage to property or […]

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A couple of weeks ago my 1998 42″ Sears Craftsman Lawn Tractor model # 917.271021 with a 15.5 hp Kohler engine, decided to empty its transmission fluid on my back yard. The transmission case somehow got a crack in it, and it is too old and costly to replace. I was not happy with the […]

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