Recently my bank, USAA, who I absolutely love doing business with offered me a deal to refinance my car with a new car loan at a reduced interest rate. So, of course, I pounced on it. I would be lowering my interest rate by almost 1% and moving another loan back to my favorite bank. But, when I called, I was a little shocked at first when my monthly payment actually rose by $4 per month instead dropping. I was expecting my car payments to drop since I was reducing my annual interest rate on the car loan from 4.38% to 3.59%. But, I still took … [Read more...] about I Refinanced My Car Loan, Dropped 1%, And Still Pay $4 More A Month!
Recently, one of my coworkers asked my opinion about taking out a 401k loan to help replace a blown engine in his wife’s car. This is a horrible idea. Your retirement plan is not an emergency fund. Car troubles, uninsured medical expenses, house renovations, and other everyday items are not great uses for money that you have invested in your retirement fund. You should not use your 401k as an emergency fund. It was not designed for that, and you potentially ruin the benefits that the retirement plans were designed to give you. Some … [Read more...] about Your 401k Retirement Plan Is Not An Emergency Fund
Do you have money troubles? I can remember being over my head in credit card debt after college. I ended up burying my head in the sand so I wouldn’t have to deal with it too. You have to work on your finances every day. How often do you think about your finances? Or, do you stick your head in the sand and just continue spending money you don’t have? How often do you think about your budget or tweak it? Do you follow the news of companies you own stock in? Do you know what the mutual fund managers of your funds are doing or … [Read more...] about You Should Work On Your Finances Every Day
For those of you living under a rock, the Dow Jones Industry Average lost over 500 points yesterday in a massive sell off. But, do you know what I’m doing with my money and investments? Absolutely nothing! I have a financial plan, and I am sticking to it. Having a financial plan helps you whether the storm and gives you the confidence you need to stay the course. Now is not the time to be selling your investments. Just like the recession that rocked the stock market in 2008, selling in a down market when you do not need your investing proceeds … [Read more...] about Three Reason You Should Have A Financial Plan
My wife may shoot me when I say this because I have a history of buying the latest technological gadget, but buy back insurance is a waste of money in most cases. I am a gadget fiend. I love gadgets. I own a lot of them. But, I hate wasting money even more than I love gadgets. And, buy back insurance is a waste of money like buying an extended warranty. What Is Buy Back Insurance? Recently retailers have been offering buy back insurance plans which will guarantee a consumer a certain amount of money if they choose to sell their old … [Read more...] about Buy Back Insurance For Electronics Is A Waste Of Money
Everyone loves to save money and receive a good deal on the items they purchase. That phenomenon has given rise to the popularity of the outlet shopping mall across America. The outlet shopping mall are big business now with over 200 malls spread across the country. That works out to about 300 different merchants operating approximately 13,000 stores. I can remember when my mother and I had to drive over two hours from our home to reach an outlet store to rack up cheap clothing from retailers such as Tommy Hilfiger, The Gap, Ralph Lauren, … [Read more...] about Top 5 Secrets You Didn’t Know About Shopping at Outlet Malls