Protecting Our Long-term Savings

Our saving plan should cover three essential areas: cash on hand for unexpected bills, money put aside to cover expenses in case our income is interrupted, and an account for later in life when we stop working or work in a reduced capacity. This approach protects our longer term savings from an unexpected withdrawal by providing for short-term […]

Compound Interest Simply Understood

Most bank savings and money market accounts provide periodic compounding of interest, which is the interest being applied to the balance for a given period (usually monthly). What makes this such a great benefit, is that the interest applied in the current month, is applied to the balance that includes the interest from last month […]

Establishing a 3 Tiered Saving Plan

We have to pay for necessities and make monthly payments on debt, so when we manage our finances these items get our attention. Saving on the other hand, tends to get the least attention because it seems optional. We can’t skip paying our rent or a car payment, but we can skip a deposit to our savings (or so it seems). […]

Spending and Lifstyle Decisions

Spending and Lifestyle Decisions The most important factor in managing our personal finances is our control over where our money is going. Before we can establish financial goals or move forward with a financial plan, we need to be honest with ourselves about our spending habits. And our spending habits are most often driven by […]