Do you know how to build an emergency fund? It's easier than you think to start building an emergency fund. But, you need to start now! Having an emergency fund is an essential part of everyone’s financial planning. There are many reasons that you need an emergency fund, and there has never been a greater need to protect yourself and your family than today because of the often chaotic economic climate lately. How to Build an Emergency Fund With the economy often unpredictable, it is even more crucial to be prepared for the … [Read more...] about Four Reasons You Need An Emergency Fund Now More Than Ever
Here is the next installment in our the Reader’s Questions Series which highlight questions emailed to me by you, the readers of Money Q&A. Be sure to find out at the end of this article how you can receive a free copy of Dave Ramsey’s book, The Total Money Makeover if your money question is chosen to be featured on a future week’s blog post. If you're not familiar with Dave Ramsey's book, you should run right out and get it. It is one of my top ten best personal finance books that everyone should … [Read more...] about Reader’s Question: How Do You Start Saving If You Live Paycheck To Paycheck
There is nothing more difficult than finding ways to find extra money to invest or to start saving. Everyone is always looking for that additional bit of cash, but where can you find the room to squeeze it out of your monthly budget?
It may be very hard or take a lot of extra work to find a substantial amount of cash in a lump sum if needed, but it is fairly easy to come up with ways to find extra money in small amounts. The little savings count too and can make a big difference when you start to add all the little ways to … [Read more...] about
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!
This is the first Reader Question in our the Reader’s Questions Series which highlight questions emailed to me by you, the readers of Money Q&A. Be sure to find out at the end of this article how you can receive a free copy of Dave Ramsey’s book, The Total Money Makeover if your money question is chosen to be featured on next week’s blog post. If you're not familiar with Dave Ramsey's book, you should run right out and get it. It is one of my top ten best personal finance books that everyone … [Read more...] about Reader’s Question: Should You Put Your Emergency Fund In Mutual Funds?
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