Three Investment Lessons To Teach Your Children

While many families across America are struggling to figure out how to save for retirement and handle their monthly budgets, it becomes more and more important to teach our children important investing lessons for their financial future.  21% of Americans think the best way to save for retirement is winning the lottery (http://www.retirementplanblog.com/defined-benefit-pension-plans/gambling-on-retirement/). That’s no surprise because everyone pretty much scrounged up money to buy a recent Powerball ticket.  Here are three different lessons you can teach your children about investing to make money. Win A Guinness Book Of World Records- This lesson is actually about teaching your kids the very valuable concept of investing in themselves.  We know that setting goals and achieving them have a very high correlation to financial success.  What about challenging your child to win a Guinness Record?  How would that be for a confidence and resume builder?  One of our very good friends Mike and Courtney Hoffman recently had their daughter Jace Hoffman win ...

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Failure to Launch

The other day, I came across an old Matthew McConaughey movie about a young adult that just did not want to move out of his parent’s house because he had it so good.  It got me thinking about the financial impact living at home has on young adults.  The majority of twenty-somethings are really not interested in living with Mom and Dad long-term.  But a NerdWallet Study has found those who stay at home until age 25 can retire five years earlier. Today’s Millennials are coming out of school with more student loan debt than earlier generations and residential rent has been rising by double digits just over the last 3 years: these are just 2 of the factors that are pushing the average expected retirement age for today’s college graduates to age 75.  This does not leave a lot of golden years to live out those retirement dreams. There are some changes that can be made in your personal ...

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The Change Jar Has Gone Electronic

The change jar has been a staple for many years to teach people both young and old about the value of saving a buck. While most people don’t think a penny is worth much anymore, the change jar can show you the power of saving money on a daily basis simply by dropping the change in your pocket at the end of the day into a big old glass jar.   Before you know it, you can save $50, $100, or even more if you put your mind to it over the course of a few months or even the year.  Look for my change jar tips coming up in a new year’s article. For those of you who like the idea of a change jar saving by making small deposits every day, there are now a few electronic websites to help you with a small dollar saving strategy.  Try these out as well for your kids!! Smarty Pig– Smarty Pig ...

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Why Your Family Income Statement May Be In The RED

Whether or not you accept the role, you are the CEO of your family finances. Many seasoned manager and vice presidents do an excellent job at work managing the profit and loss (P & L) for their divisions. However, most don’t apply the astute management techniques they learn at work to their family finances. Why not? The fact is that even if you have a college degree or an MBA, nobody ever really teaches a personal finance course on how to run your family finances like a business. The two metrics that most business owners review in their business are the income statement (P & L) and the balance sheet. Running your family income statement efficiently (or profit and loss statement) to maximize your cash flow is part I. The cash flow then drives the balance sheet (net worth) which is part II. Net worth is what will ultimately create your overall family financial security. The balance sheet is simply ...

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Three Ways To Lower Your Family Mobile Phone Bill?

Round and round she goes, where she stops nobody knows.   That seems to be the prevalent thinking today when it comes to your family mobile phone bill.   Your youngest wants the latest and greatest in technology to impress their friends, and your oldest texts faster than you can run the 40 yard dash.  With a drawer full of old plugs, cords, and adapters, it is almost becoming a full time job to keep up with managing your family mobile phone bill.   Here are three very smart money moves for you to consider to keep your monthly bill in check. Who Is Your Top Ten?– Most of the mobile phone companies will offer some type free minute program around your top ten friends and family you call the most.   Between my phone, my wife’s phone, and the three phones my children have, we did an inspection to see which numbers were called the most in order to access the most amounts ...

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Should Generation X Redefine What It Means To Be Wealthy?

Now that you have unwrapped all of those Christmas gifts under the tree, did you get everything that you really wanted this holiday season?   Was there one package you had hoped for neatly wrapped in a bow that would have really made you happy?  Of the ten to twenty overall gifts that you were given over the holidays, can you make a list and name three of them?  How about three from last year? While it appears to me that luxury has lost its shine, we’ve become a society that has defined itself by the brand names on our clothes, computers, and the cars we drive.    We are very quick to define what we think about our own wealth by the treasures we buy with our plastic and how our guests will ooh and aah when they take a tour of our homes.    I’m wondering if the pursuit of all of things we see on TV and what we see ...

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