One of my colleagues wrote an amazing article that I thought I would share with everyone today. The article is entitled, "Money Never Sleeps – Who Sleeps and Earns the Most" and was published on Tuck.com, a non-commercial community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. Tuck has already been featured on NBC News, Well+Good, and Smithsonian Magazine, as well as being referenced by many colleges/universities and sleep organizations across the web. Below is a direct link the article.
Special thanks goes out to Kayla at Tuck.com who thought this information matched my website's audience greatly! I agreed completely.
Everyone has questions about their personal finances at some point. And truthfully, it can be hard to find reliable and trusted answers. Whether you are dealing with a minor decision or a major issue, this article will help give you some basic answers and advice you need to keep your personal finances in order.
#1) Always keep up with highly important documents like birth certificates, tax records, insurance policies, and other major documents by scanning them to your computer system. Next, place all images onto a USB stick that can be easily accessed anywhere at anytime. This makes it much more convenient to track down critical information during an emergency.
#2) Try to avoid eating out as often as possible. It may seem like a fairly good idea to go to McDonalds for lunch, but those little expenses add up. Often it's much cheaper to make a sandwich for lunch or cook dinner at home. Plus, eating out all the time makes it harder to stay lean and fit. Here's another great tip: whenever you cook, make extra and have it saved for lunch or dinner another time.
#3) Look at your personal finances on a regularly basis. I reccomend that you sit down and review your finances every 3 months, but it should be reviewed on a yearly basis at a bare minimum. This is particularly true if you have an investment portfolio or retirement accounts. Reorganize your investments periodically to maintain a balanced portfolio (see article here). Be mindful of your retirement goals and the strategy you have in place for investments. Take a look at your investments, and see if anything needs to be restructured.
#4) Adjusting the temperature that you have your hot water tank set at will help you reduce your monthly utility bill. It only takes a minute but it will save you a great deal of money over the years. It will also help to prevent burns on children or older parents.
#5) If you want to make the most of your money, you should consider getting a rewards credit card. Depending on your lifestyle, you may be better off to get the card that offers the best cash rewards, or the largest number of airline miles. You should also get the credit card that best fits your spending habits. If you were going to spend the money anyway, you should at least get cash back. The bottom line is to always pay the balance off in full every month.
I am so happy to announce that things continue to grow and evolve for DonnieMasters.com. Some more big news is coming after Christmas for the site. In the meantime, here are a few reasons why I am so blessed and thankful this year.
I have personally worked really hard over the past two years to become relevant in the "financial literacy" world. When I started this journey, I had less than zero name recognition in this field. DonnieMasters.com has grown from absolutely no name presence (and zero visitors) to almost 400 unique visitors each week. We do not pay for any crappy spam traffic either. It is all organic from search engines and some small Facebook advertising we do.
Additionally, we have grown from 1 small "Mattress Buying" book to 3 total books over a 2 year span. All of my books average a 4 star rating on Amazon and GoodReads both.
We went from having $0 invested in any business ventures outside our own website and blog to an account now measured in the thousands of dollars. While it is still small potatoes to most "investment firms", I am proud to have an investment account at all.
I have listed 2 different projects that we are involved in. I feel really good about both going forward and we will continue to grow with MicroVentures and some projects in the future.
Please do me a favor. If I have given you anything worth reading over the past 2 years, please do me a favor and share a post or my website with a friend. Someone needs help and I would like to assist them.
Thanks and Happy Holidays!
Personal finance is as much about HOW TO SPEND MONEY as it is about HOW TO SAVE AND INVEST YOUR MONEY. By placing these tips into your day-to-day life, you are certainly on a much better road to securing your financial future.
People who have successfully managed to pay off their debts and put away a considerable amount of money into their savings accounts all agree on one major thing - if your goal is to take charge of your personal finances, setting a budget, and sticking to that budget, will be essential to your success long term.
Make sure that you review your investments periodically to see if your investments are still suitable for your life goals. You might need to rebalance your assets if there have been any major life changes since the last time you looked at it. Keep in mind that every time you trade shares, you may be incurring trading fees, so think carefully before you just move a bunch of things around.
Think about starting your own business if you have free time on your hands (check out the article here). You could benefit from tax incentives and perhaps make a nice profit once your business is established. Look for an a business idea that corresponds to your skills and interests.
Buy quality items that you can resell later. If you need a crib or stroller, for example, then save money by purchasing at an online resale site or from a similar discount retailer. Once you are done with the item, sell it and get some of your money back. This works best with popular items that have well-known brand names.
You might be paying too much for insurance (see this article). If you want to reduce your premiums, you should think about raising your deductibles. Open a savings account and put money aside to pay these deductibles, if something should happen. You can keep your deductibles low by looking for discounts and not filing small claims.
Most companies no longer feel a responsibility to provide a comfortable retirement for their workers, so it is up to you to plan for your own future. With life expectancies increasing, covering the cost of retirement is more expensive than ever. Saving for your retirement years should be an essential part of your budget. Once you have paid off all the bills, and can keep yourself in good financial shape each month, then more money should be diverted to retirement planning.