The Freedom of Mortgage-Free Living in Retirement

When you retire, you deserve to enjoy years of relaxation and stress-free time doing the things that make you happy with people you love. One of the best ways to make sure this happens is by paying off your mortgage before you enter your retirement years. In this article, we’ll show you the freedom that mortgage-free living in retirement can offer, and we’ll also tell you how to get there. 

Living the Mortgage-Free Life

First off, should you even retire without paying off your mortgage? Columnist Michelle Singletary notes that mortgage payments are the biggest expense that retirees face, and getting rid of this bill means that other important payments can take its place.

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What are the Fees in My 401(k)?

If you’re saving for retirement, chances are that you are putting money away into an employer-sponsored 401(k) plan. According to a recent study by the Investment Company Institute, Americans put away over $5.8 trillion in assets in 2019. By comparison, that number was only $3.1 trillion in 2010. 

While 401(k) and 403b accounts are by far the most widely utilized saving plans, you may not be aware of the various costs and fees that come with them. In fact, if you’re like 37% of savers, you may not realize that you pay anything at all.

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How to Create Your Retirement Transition Plan

Every working adult will eventually want to retire, but not everyone does the proper amount of planning for that event to actually happen. Without savings and a plan in place, this happy time might actually be more stressful than necessary. If you are a few years from retirement now, it’s time to really consider what the shift into this stage of life will mean for you. 

It is completely normal to feel concerned or scared. After all, this is uncharted territory, and the unknowns are many. How will your finances change? What will the social, mental and physical differences be in your life from this point onward? 

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What To Do With $50,000

Have you recently come into a $50,000 windfall, such as an inheritance? You may be tempted to buy a new car or take your family and friends on a dream vacation. 

But before you do, stop and consider all of your options — including saving the money...who would've thought a financial advisor would recommend this. 😁Developing a sound financial strategy is a good way to make your money grow.

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How to Become a Millionaire in Your 40s

While becoming a millionaire in your 40s may seem difficult, it’s something that many people can achieve. All it takes is the right mindset and a laser-sharp focus toward building wealth and increasing your net worth.

There is something about accumulating $1 million that shows you are on the right track financially. But how do you get there? If you want to increase your chances of accumulating $1 million in your 40s, there are certain financial habits that will help you achieve that milestone faster.

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Should I Retire In The Middle of a Pandemic?

Planning for retirement can be both exhilarating and scary at the same time. Living a worry-free retirement requires a combination of a robust investment portfolio, liquid assets, potential annuities and social security income. 

At the beginning of 2020, no one could have imagined the sudden economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Market volatility has naturally made many people consider postponing retirement plans because of sudden drops in the stock market that have increased investment uncertainty in retirement accounts. 

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Why Does It Seem Like My 401k Isn’t Growing?

This is one of the most common questions that I am asked on a regular basis. It’s certainly a fair question and one that’s probably even gone through my head a few times.

We live in an instant gratification world – what have you done for me lately?” We expect to see the results of our saving and investing efforts immediately. While there are times you’ll actually notice faster growth within your investments because of a specific sector or company, for the most part it’s a long-term process.

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How to Make a Budget and Stick with It

One of the best ways to get ahead financially is by making a budget and sticking to it. However, many people shy away from budgets because they think of them as too restrictive. A budget shouldn’t limit you; it should give you more freedom.

Think of a budget as a spending plan, a way to tell your money where to go rather than the other way around. It is a critical financial tool that will help you build wealth and set yourself up for financial success.

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Budgeting Software Review: YNAB vs. Mint

Budgeting software has totally changed the way that we think about our money. They give us the ability to customize our budget which can help us: 

  • Get out of debt.
  • Save more money. 
  • Cut expenses. 
  • And make our hard-earned dollars go further. 

With budgeting software applications on our mobile devices, we can take them with us everywhere to inform our spending and saving decisions. They have given us intuitive and easy-to-use tools that make budgeting easier. With so many budgeting software and applications on the market though, how can you be sure which one is going to be the best for you? 

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Our Review of Mint vs. Quicken

Modern budgeting tools simplify managing your money. Some of these tools don't cost anything, but some can still really benefit you for only a small fee. Mint and Quicken are perfect examples of these tools. 

Mint is free, while Quicken will cost you a small fee. However, both can be extremely helpful and keep your finances organized. Let's take a closer look at both of these great budgeting apps. 

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Our Review of Mint vs. Personal Capital

There was a time when monitoring your financial situation was relatively complicated. Whether it was balancing a checkbook or writing expenses in a ledger, you had to input everything by hand and do a lot of math to get accurate results. 

Thankfully, we’re living in the golden age of technology. Instead of using old-fashioned financial tracking methods, all you need to do is download an app, and you’re ready to go. However, with so many options available, it can be a bit overwhelming to determine which one is best for your needs. Fortunately, we’re here to help with our review of Mint vs. Personal Capital. 

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Are You Obsessed With Money?

As the saying goes, money makes the world go round. Living in modern society means that you can’t avoid money, no matter how hard you try. Need to get some food? That costs money. Need to get gas in your car? Swipe your card or fork over a few bills. Virtually every aspect of your life revolves around money - earning it, spending it, and saving it. 

For the most part, scrutinizing your money habits is a good thing. You don’t want to constantly worry about where your next paycheck is coming from, or whether you have enough cash to pay for something. However, while a detailed understanding of your money is good, it’s too easy to get carried away. 

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5 Great Value Investing Books Worth a Read

When it comes to investing, putting money into stocks is one of the best options for the long term. However, as you can imagine, trading in the market can be complicated and somewhat confusing for first-timers. Fortunately, there are tons of resources on the subject, so getting started is all about doing a bit of research. 

We’ve compiled a list of five great value investing books worth a read. Whether you’re brand new to the world of stocks and investing or just want to polish your knowledge, each of these books is going to help. 

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How to Become Your Own Financial Advisor

Like it seems for just about every service profession today if you want to go the DIY route and figure it out for yourself, just Google it and you’ll be on your way. I swear I think there is a YouTube video for just about every DIY project you’re attempting to do around the house, with some being easier than others.

While it’s not quite that easy when it comes to managing your finances or becoming your own financial advisor, it can still be done. As long as you have the time and willingness to learn, you certainly can go at it yourself. Many people handle their personal finances themselves and do a great job.

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Our Review of Stockpile vs. Robinhood

In the old days, if you wanted to invest online, you had to have some knowledge of what you were doing, and some capital already so that you could pay trading fees and other expenses. 

These days, there’s an app for that. Actually, there are many different trading apps available, but for this article, we’re going to look at two of them: Robinhood and Stockpile. We’ll break down how they’re similar and how they’re different, as well as which one is best for the kind of trading you may be doing. 

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How to Invest Your Lottery Winnings (or any large sum of money)

Winning the lottery or coming into a large sum of money can change your life in more ways than one. You’ve probably read about people who have won the lottery and then went broke. With proper planning, you can avoid their fate. Today, we’re going to show you how to invest your lottery winnings or, for that matter, any large lump sum of money that happens to come your way.

It’s not every day that you find yourself in such a position. While you may want to run out and buy everything your heart desires, this is not the best course. If you take the necessary steps to get your finances in order, you can beat the odds and avoid squandering your windfall.

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How To Become A Millionaire In Your 20s

What would you do if you had a million dollars? This is a question that most people fantasize about, but few can make it a reality. For the most part, becoming a millionaire seems like a far-fetched goal, at least something that you can’t obtain in your early life or career - right? 

The fact is that making it to your first million doesn’t take a stroke of obscene luck like winning the lottery. As long as you make the right moves, you could potentially be earning seven figures before you turn 30. 

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How to Become a Millionaire in Your 50s

Whenever a child says that he or she wants to become a millionaire, they’re likely to receive chuckles and condescending smiles. However, whenever a person in their middle age says they want to become a millionaire, they’re more likely to receive looks of confusion, and maybe even scorn. 

Though, it’s for this exact reason that many people, especially older folks, never take any of the steps required to grow their savings much more than the level it’s been for most of their lives. They’re worried about looking naive, foolish and child-like. 

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How to Become a Millionaire in Your 30s

For most people, the idea of becoming rich is mostly a fantasy. Many of us imagine what it would be like to have millions of dollars, but few of us actually get there. However, if you want to know how to become a millionaire in your 30s, the answer will probably surprise you. It doesn’t take an inheritance or some kind of get-rich-quick scheme. 

In this article, we’ll outline the best methods you can start using right now to become a millionaire before you reach 40. We’re not saying that the road to wealth is easy, but once you have the right plan in place, it is attainable. 

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Different Ways to Make $200 in a Day

We all run into some tough times when it comes to money. Perhaps you’ve been randomly laid off, you’re in between jobs or perhaps an emergency popped up and it requires funds. It’s never fun being at the mercy of money, but you have the power to take control of the situation and make the most of it. 

According to USA Today, 40% of Americans don’t have $400 to spare if an emergency were to pop up right now. The same survey notes that the median savings account for a household is about $4,000, which is far below the recommended amount to have for rainy days. 

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