Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Monday, November 17, 2008

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Become a saver

How do you become a saver? It is hard at first, and can feel not very fun when you're starting. Once you start, though, it feels good. Less stress, less worry, more dignity, more calm. As you watch your balance grow, it becomes a little addictive and you'll want to keep going!!

Any stories you can share on this?

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Boost it

How can you boost your savings?
  • When you get a raise, try to save more. Aim for half!! (This is what Mary Hunt advises, though right now, with all of our costs going up, this is hard!!)
  • Save the payment. When you finish paying something off, like a car loan, keep paying yourself into savings. A $330 payment saved for 5 years and invested at 6% turns into $23,470 in five years - cash for a new car!!
  • Do something big. Once you start savings, do something big. Get rid of a car. Downgrade your house. Save big!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Easy Things to Do Today

  1. Sell out. Go through your drawers and closets. If you're not using it, sell it on eBay or have a garage sale.
  2. Give it up. If you give up a daily coffee, candy bar, cigarettes, or for me, fountain soda, it can add up. Saving $5 a day gives you $1,825 a year!
  3. Think hard about driving. Cutting out 20 miles a week of driving will save about $5, or $260 a year.
  4. Buy used. Check out Craig's list or even giveaway sites like Freecycle.org. It takes a little time, but can save a ton.
  5. Cut the cards. It is a lot easier to spend too much money when you are using plastic (credit cards)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Watch it grow

It is said that Albert Einstein called compound interest "the eighth wonder of the world." Even in today's volatile stock market, you're better off to stash your money in some sort of interest bearing account than not. Mary Hunt gives this example: If you save $25 a week in a savings account earning 3.5% interest, and you do this faithfully through your working years from age 35, you will have $69,000.00 in your savings account when you retire at 65, even though you only deposited $39,000 of your money. If you up it to $50 a week at 6% interest you'll have $219,000 at retirement!! Wow! Even the first, conservative account, earns you $30,000 for doing nothing but not touching your money!! Makes sense - now let's do it!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Don't forget to change your clocks back one hour this Sunday!!!