Review Category : Sunday Paper

Remember When You Could Leave Your Door Unlocked

Since it is political season and most of my articles tend to focus on the money side of politics, I thought I would give you some food for thought about the way it is now and the way it was when most of you were growing up as a child.   It’s imperative being in the money business that I stress to people every day the importance of savings and how money can secure their future, but in some ways it worries me on how people may be accumulating money and the negative impact the pressure of having to earn more money is having on families across America. Can you remember when life seemed a lot simpler than it is today?  Is it that you have more responsibilities?  Is it that technology has made you more accessible?  Is it that now you have had a taste of the ‘good life’ that you don’t want to go back to just the status ...

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Going Digital With Your Filing Cabinet

When I was 12 years old, I found an old term paper in a box of my father’s things.  It was about creating a Cashless Society.  It intrigued me as a child on other things we could get rid of in our society.  My biggest desire was to get rid of paper.  I hated it.  So as a teenager and young adult, the idea of being paperless was exciting to me.  By the mid 90s scanner technology and cost had reached a point where I could start to realize my digital dream. I began scanning every bill, invoice, statement and tax return I had.  Fast forward 20 years and now my filing cabinet is 100% completely digital.  Here are 5 things you can do to achieve my dream of a Paperless Society. Ditch the receipts. Grocery Stores, Gas Stations, Fast Food joints.  Unless the receipt is something you can deduct on your tax return, then there is no reason to ...

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Pay Off The Mortgage Or Invest The Money

One of the most difficult questions that I get from both younger and older clients is whether or not it is a good idea to pay off their mortgage or invest the money?  With interest rates continuing to hover around all-time lows, many people are still in the process of refinancing their existing homes or buying a new one.   If your rate is in the 3% to 4% range, you may be wondering if you should take your excess monthly discretionary income to pay down your home note faster or would it be a better idea to take that cash and invest it for the long term.    This decision has both financial and emotional ramifications, so let’s review the pros and cons of paying off your mortgage. The first part of this analysis is the black and white calculation on whether your money can work harder for you than the interest rate you are paying on your debt.   Let’s say, ...

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Why HBO Should Teach John Oliver About Money

Last week on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, John Oliver thought he would get cute and tell you why you are getting screwed by Financial Advisors. http://bit.ly/25Ytdwj I have attached the article if you want to see what sage advice he attempted to give you. It’s ironic as I just completed 25 years of doing this as a profession and continue to witness the misinformation and disinformation that goes on within the financial services industry. Every person with a laptop and a blog can tell you about the right way to manage their money. Talk show hosts are more than interviewers today. They see their shows as a podium to help influence political, social and financial change across our country. Oliver’s comedic commentary has been credited with helping influence US legislation, regulations, court rulings and other aspects of US culture, which has been dubbed “The John Oliver Effect.” This came from the show’s fifth episode, which focused on ...

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10 Weird Ways To Make Money From Home

You are several months into 2016 and might be thinking to yourself, “How can I make a few extra bucks in my spare time at home?”.  This may be to pay off some debt, save some more money towards your goals, or even set up a rainy day fund.   Here are ten weird ways to make money from home.  We got a few of these from our friends over at www.pennyhoarder.com. Give Your Opinion to Make $100+/Month (or Watch Videos) Most of you know surveys aren’t our favorite way to make extra money, but we make an exception when we’re just vegging out on the couch. We figure as long as we’re just watching TV, there’s no reason we can’t click a few buttons at the same time. Ipsos Panel (www.i-say.com) (www.inboxdollars.com)  is one of the only legitimate paid survey companies out there (they’re rated an A+ with the Better Business Bureau). You might recognize the name from the news, because they conduct a lot of the presidential polling. I’ve ...

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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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Isn’t It Time To Refinance Your Life Insurance?

There’s a reason people love to shop at places including Costco and Wal-Mart. There’s the usual reasons that people like to get good deals, but more importantly if you are a smart money moves shopper buying in bulk can often get you the best deal on what you buy if you really need the item. For certain, one of the biggest item bought in bulk is bottled water, but hardly ever do people think about buying their life insurance in bulk. Why is that? The last five to six years, I’ve been amazed about how much people talk about the concept of refinancing their homes. If you do the math, if someone lives in a home long enough a refinance can absolutely make sense for their situation. If you have a $300,000 mortgage and go from a 4.5% interest rate down to a 4% interest rate, it can mean tens of thousands of dollars of saved interest over the life ...

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Single Women Going Broke By The Cocktail

For those that watched the glamorous life of Carrie Bradshaw and her cronies in Sex And The City, did you ever wonder what it really cost to maintain a Manhattan apartment, fabulous clothing, and dining and entertainment throughout the city?   One quoted number by Carrie Bradshaw herself is that she spent well over $40,000 on footwear alone over the course of her lifetime.  Could that be true and why is it that so many women now in their 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s are struggling financially? Recently, Pew Research collected data and published a report that a record amount of adults today in their 20’s and early 30’s are unmarried.  If the trends continue in the current direction, one in four will never ever get married.   The biggest reason given by this age group for not getting married was for a lack of financially being ready.   Women were especially concerned about tying the knot because of financial concerns.   As salaries and ...

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Important 2016 Rules For IRA’s and 401(k)’s

As 2016 rapidly approaches us, it’s important that you know the rules about changes upcoming for 401(k)’s and IRA’s so you get off to a great start in 2016.    People often overlook funding an IRA because they don’t how the qualifications work within their family.  Whether you are a few years from retirement or you are just beginning your savings plan, keep this handy article by your side so you make the most of your retirement contributions for 2016. How Much Can I Contribute? The good news is that 2016 brings a calendar year where nothing really changes in terms of your overall maximum contributions for 401(k)’s and IRA’s.   For 401(k)/403(b) investors, if you are under 50 years old you can put away up to $18,000, and those that turn the age of 50 in 2016 or are older than 50 can make a ‘catch up’ contribution of $6,000 (the maximum being $24,000 overall).  For IRA/Roth IRA investors, if you ...

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