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Personal Finance 101 – College Education Planning – What kinds of money are available?

Last article we talked about FAFSA forms, federal student loans, and the process of when you should be filing for financial aid.   Many people get confused from the multitude of different loans that are available to them.   In my opinion, the massive federal deficit we are in now will only shrink the available amount of loans for students in the future.   It is important to understand how these loans work so you can set up the very best program for money that will need to be borrowed during your children’s college years. It is important to remember that this is a major difference between a grant and a loan.   A grant is something that does not have to be repaid whereas a loan is something that does have to be repaid.   Since there are a half dozen different types of grants and loans, do your own due diligence on how much free money you can get.    Here are some highlights ...

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Multiple Streams Of Income

People who own a business often understand the powerful concept of multiple streams of income. Given that any business can have economic, regulatory, or industry changes that can hurt the income stream of a business, most business owners develop multiple income sources within their business to protect the cash flows of the company. Sometimes these changes are in different lines of business, types of products, or services that complement each other. I think over the next decade, each household in America will need to consider having multiple streams of income with job and market uncertainty we will face in the years ahead of us. So, how can you create multiple streams of income? 1. Both partners in a household have a stream of income – In my opinion, letting your household rely on just one breadwinner that has a job as an employee with a company is an incredibly dangerous strategy. As large companies feel pressure to meet Wall Street ...

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Did You Just Receive An Inheritance?

At some point in your life, you may receive an inheritance when a family member or loved one passes away.    One of the questions we often get asked about revolves around how to make smart money moves when this type of event happens.    Here are some of the things I would recommend considering if money or property is bestowed upon you. 1. Do Nothing For 60 Days –  When people inherit property, investment assets, or collectibles far too often I see people immediately buy themselves something or sell assets too quickly.    Make sure you take a complete inventory of everything you received, revisit your financial plan, and just simply build yourself a due diligence period before making any concrete decisions.   Allowing this time to pass will give you the ability to make more fact based than emotional decisions. 2. Understand Tax Implications –  Based upon the size of the overall inheritance, you could potentially owe estate taxes which will be ...

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What If I Need A Cash Advance?

It is never fun being behind on paying your bills.  With more and more people living paycheck to paycheck, we often get the question, “what happens if I need money in a pinch?”   That question can spur many different responses based upon your individual financial situation, but what happens if you have to look for some sort of cash advance to hold you over until the next paycheck.   Obviously, you want to exhaust all of your options before you go for the cash advance.  We don’t recommend cashing out of retirement plans like your 401(k) as many people will when they look for cash as the taxes, penalties, and loss of compounded interest on your money could be detrimental to your long term retirement plans.  I need a Cash Advance – So, what to do? There are many companies that offer these types of programs to get a small loan between $100 and $1,500.  For example, companies like CashNetUSA are ...

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