I read a new recommendation for determining how much of your retirement nest egg you can spend in retirement without running out of money before you run out of life. But before we cover the spending topic, let’s quickly summarize what you need to know about saving for retirement. (Also see my more detailed post here.)
Someone recently asked me what is a “jumbo loan” and what makes it different than getting a regular mortgage to buy a home, so here is my recap for American readers. A jumbo loan is not simply a big mortgage, but specifically a loan that exceeds what can be guaranteed by the federal agencies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. For most areas, this has long been $417,000, but increased in 2017 to $424,000. Loans can be substantially more in expensive urban areas.
Making ends meet involves both spending less and earning more. I have an entire blog section devoted to saving money, so now let’s focus on earning more. There are many things you can do to make that happen rather than just hope. Here are tips on how to ask for a raise.
I like to pass a long interesting websites relating to money management, so here are recent ones I have discovered.
Long-time readers will know that one of our key financial principles for saving money is to “avoid paying full price”. See my posts that outline the basis strategies. Now let’s explore some details and apps to save money more thoroughly. Looking for sales is a great start, but you can do even better with a strategy.
New Year’s resolutions are popular because this is a great time to reflect on what parts of your life could use improvement. “Losing weight” is always popular as is some aspect of improving our finances. Improving your financial future is one of the most useful aspects of your life to improve because it affects so many other things. So I’m pointing you to my series on great New Year’s resolutions that can actually change your financial future during 2017. The Financial Guide to Life deals with managing, saving, investing, and spending your money, so I have recommended four personal finance new years resolutions that are achievable and can bring you financial security and peace of mind.
New Years Resolutions for 2017
The holiday season is not just for shopping, but also travelling, so I want to pass on some recent news about airlines and airline travel tips. First the good: Delta Airlines has a new feature that allows you to track your bags so you know where they are even if they get lost. Delta now includes a tracking chip in the luggage tags they put on your bags, and you can follow your bags progress thru GPS tracking with the Delta app. Other airlines are expected to follow suit in the years to come.
For many of us, the end of the year holiday season is the prime shopping season, so let’s spend a few blog posts on “spending our money” wisely. Let’s start with some tips to get ready for Black Friday and Cyber Monday after Thanksgiving Thursday. This is a great time to save whether on holiday gifts, goodies for yourself, or household needs.
I previously covered the differences between credit and debit cards. Now the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has finalized new rules for debit cards that are effective October 1, 2017. Some business groups and pro-business politicians are trying to hamper the newly created agency that aims to protect consumers, but these new rules should provide many protections for debit cards, mobile wallets, and person-to-person payment systems that are similar to credit card protections.
I have posted an extensive series of articles about buying a car, yet I’m still amazed when something new turns up to make buying a car easier or cheaper. I have provided plenty of tips for dealing with sales people at traditional auto dealerships and how to avoid them altogether. Tesla lets you buy its cars without even going to a dealer, which rivals and dealers in many states are trying to fight by lobbing for legislation against it. You can even buy cars without haggling at places like COSTCO and Navy Federal Credit Union; in fact COSTCO is one of the largest auto sellers. So it is probably inevitable that a new set of companies sells its cars over the internet.