Find out what is a credit score, why your credit score is important to you and how you can improve it. People with low credit scores will have a harder time getting credit and will pay more when they do. It can also affect other things like getting telephone service, an apartment, or even a job. Despite its importance, I haven’t discussed it much here on my blog. However, my new book, Financial Guide to Life, has an entire chapter that summarizes the things you really need to know for your own self-interest. For busy people, I really like checklists and bullet lists. Everyone one of my book chapters starts and ends with a bullet summary. So today, I am going to share the bullet list summary for my credit score chapter as well as the “more information” list to give you the quick facts you should know.
Many young people have recently graduated, started earning money, and are faced with a wide range of new financial choices. The financial principle I most hope young people learn early is how important it is to start saving early, especially for their retirement. Saving early, even a small amount, allows more time for the “magic of compound” interest to grow your savings and earn interest on your interest.
I can now announce that my new money management book is available for sale and it is better than FREE! It will pay you back with money savings tips, investing expertise, and advice on how to avoid paying full price. Save hundreds of dollars a month, simplify your finances, and enhance your financial future. I especially recommend this book for young people, because the earlier you get on the best financial path, the better your future will be.
Financial Guide to Life –
Managing, Saving, Investing, and Spending Your Money
Why this money management book?
It covers the themes that you have enjoyed here on my blog for 100 posts over the last several years: how to manage, save, invest, and spend your money. Read below for topics the book covers in depth. There are many personal finance books, but I think my book is mostly unique in two ways.
- I include links to a wealth of internet resources and mobile apps that will make your finances easier. It is especially nice that in the ebook version, these resources are only a click away.
- Too many money management books are written by millionaires or seminar promoters, who may mean well, but do they really know what it’s like to stretch a dollar? Now get practical information and advice from a certified financial education instructor who has faced the same financial challenges as you for more than thirty years.
Where to Find It?
You can find it on Amazon as a paperback, ebook, or large-print edition. Check it out. For more information, see below or go to Amazon. Amazon reviews help authors. If you find that it helps you manage, save, invest, or spend your money, then I would welcome an Amazon review.
What Does the Book Include?
Get money-saving tips, easy-to-read examples, step-by-step explanations, practical checklists, and hard-learned advice to improve your financial future. Additionally, get links to the best internet sites, tools, calculators, comparison aids, databases, smartphone apps, and resources that will make it easier to manage, save, invest, and spend your money.
The Financial Guide to Life covers the key things you need to know and do to handle most aspects of your finances including investing, budgeting, paying student loans, getting married, raising money-smart children, paying for and getting into college, buying a home and car, saving for retirement, getting out of debt, making ends meet, saving money, avoid paying full price, raising your credit score, and joining the millionaire club.
Who Should Read The Financial Guide to Life?
- Young adults starting their financial journey
- Women who want financial tips for their unique situations
- Savers who want to make investing easy, less risky, or go to the next level
- New and future retirees
- Families planning for a new baby, kid’s money issues, college payments, buying a house, or saving for retirement
- People who want to simplify their finances, avoid paying full price, or get on the path to a sound financial future
Get answers, tools, and internet links to help with money management questions like these:
- Look Mom, I’m a graduate, now what?
- How can I simplify my finances?
- How can I get out of debt?
- What should I do with my savings, IRA, 401(k), or college savings that is safe and easy?
- How do I save money when buying a car, house, college, and more?
- How can I make my money go further?
- How can I raise my credit score?
- How can I join the millionaire club or at least retire early?
- How do I keep my future self from coming back in a time-machine and slapping me around for financial mismanagement?
This is my ONE-HUNDREDTH post to bring you information about managing, saving, investing, and spending your money! I hope you find something useful to save money or improve your financial future. I will highlight below some of the most useful posts for money management. I have also taken this opportunity to update the website’s appearance to make it more mobile friendly. Now you can lookup information and the best money management websites as easily on your tablet and smartphone as you can on your computer. You can search for information on this website several ways:
- Menus above
- Search box in the header
- Categories list on the right sidebar
- “Tag cloud” list on the right sidebar
Here are some of the money management articles you may find most useful.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has new recommendations for the safest cars for teen drivers. The stereotype of a car for a teen driver is a loud, muscle car, while the common reality may be an inexpensive, small used car. However, teen drivers are among the most risky and most likely to get into an accident. Therefore, recent advice has been for teens to get recent model cars with as many safety features as you can. Now the IIHS has even more specific recommendations.
Managing your finances well requires more than just applying sound financial principles. I also like to use and share useful money checklists, tools, apps, and internet resources. Today’s post includes a variety of these I have recently found.
Groceries can be one of a family’s largest monthly expenses, but it is also the single easiest expense to save money. There are so many ways to save that you could easily cut your grocery bill by one third. Coupons are not the most important way to save money on groceries.
What should you do after an auto accident? Be prepared with this auto accident checklist. Today, I’m returning to one of our popular categories, automobiles. See the prior posts here.
Accidents can ruin more than your day or even your car. It’s a stressful time, so photocopy this checklist and keep it in your glove compartment. Laws differ from state to state for reporting accidents, whether police will respond to minor accidents, who you should report an accident to, and how long you have for reporting an accident. In all jurisdictions, you need to report an auto accident when there is an injury or serious damage that exceeds a certain dollar level, but that level varies widely.
Appliance repair people, look away and skip this post. The rest of you can save hundreds of dollars with the tips in this post. Appliance repairs routinely start at a couple hundred dollars which can be one-fourth to one-half of the cost of a new appliance. Most of that cost is for labor and even the cost for parts can be surprisingly high, but here is a way to drastically reduce that cost – do it yourself. Wait don’t groan, I’m serious.
I discuss many personal finance principles in the Financial Guide To Life (FGTL) like reaching financial goals, but sometimes discussing theory can seem more theoretical than practical, or just too hard to actually do, like the latest diet trend. So today’s post will be about applying financial principles and advice to a real life example — buying my Fitbit health tracker.