Erin Lowry writes Broke Millennial, a weekly blog designed to help members of “Generation Me” become fiscally responsible.
Dealing with debt can be an anxiety inducing experience. The notion of being able to save while struggling to make ends meet is simply laughable. How dare someone suggest you build an emergency savings fund, or contribute to retirement when student loans, rent and credit card bills already eat up more than 60% of your monthly income? Even though it feels hopeless, there actually is a path to balance the opposing forces of paying off debt and saving for the future. In fact, you can get there in just five steps.
When most people think of inflation, their response is usually similar to when they see a vintage advertisement: reminiscing about the cheaper prices of the past (15 cents for a burger? Awesome!) while simultaneously feeling some resentment towards today’s ever-rising prices. Generally, inflation is seen as a frustrating “financial fact of life” that passively affects everyone as price levels climb and as the dollar’s purchasing power decreases over time.
When it comes to financial planning, many of us have great, long-term dreams. But moment to moment, life can distract. Automating your savings and retirement, bill payments, and debt repayment can help you stay on track.
Should you buy, or rent? Pay off debt, or build an emergency fund? The trouble with money questions is the answer usually is, “It depends.” Because personal finance is more personal than finance. Here are three techniques for making good decisions.
If you can’t see it, and you can’t touch it, you won’t spend it. Why is saving money so tough? Because it means putting aside resources for tomorrow that you’re tempted to use today. And your brain, wired to hunt and gather right now, doesn’t like that. The solution? Mind games.
A recent study confirmed what many of us already know: money issues can tear a couple apart. In fact, couples who disagreed about finances once a week were more than 30% more likely to get divorced than those who disagreed a couple of times a month. One solution? Common goals.
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