5 tips for financing your next DIY home improvement project
(BPT) – Whether it’s transforming a fixer-upper into your dream home or just giving a makeover to your kitchen or bathroom, DIY home improvement projects are on the minds of many new homeowners across the country.
While many things about renovating your home are flexible, your budget might not be. In general, not a single floor-board is laid, or a new countertop installed without money, which is why every home renovation project should begin with careful financial planning.
To help homeowners with their renovation projects, Marcus by Goldman Sachs(R) is working with home renovation expert, JoJo Fletcher, to share her budget-friendly home renovation tips.
“Think about small changes you can make if you don’t have the time to take on a big project right now, like freshening up any kitchen by refinishing your cabinets with a bright white coat of paint,” said JoJo Fletcher, ambassador for Marcus by Goldman Sachs(R). “When it comes to financing View full post…
Healthcare hints: 5 savings tips for budget-conscious consumers
(BPT) – As Americans work hard to meet all the obligations that come with work, family and everyday life, many are challenged to find time to manage all the financial elements affecting their healthcare.
If you’re among them you’re far from alone, since the multiple details associated with healthcare insurance can be confusing. At the same time, you want to be smart about your financial resources when making decisions about the quality healthcare you and your family need.
Fortunately, by carving out time to research money-saving tips you may be able to minimize your out-of-pocket healthcare expenses. Such out-of-pocket spending rose by more than 50 percent between 2010 and 2017, The Atlantic recently reported, partly because half of all health insurance policyholders in the U.S. are dealing with annual deductibles of at least $1,000.
Whether you’re uninsured or simply facing a high insurance deductible, you can take several steps to better manage your healthcare budget. Consider how the following tips may offer you a better sense of control of rising View full post…
Most of us have asked ourselves that question on numerous occasions, sometimes in disbelief. We never dreamed that it would be possible, until we look at our credit card balances that have been slowly increasing. Would living on a budget prevent that?
Usually, overspending is not a conscious effort. It could start with something as simple as meeting friends on the way to work for a latte. Your cash is spent so you just charge the drink, no big deal.
A couple of times during the week, the same friends suggest that you have dinner with them. You are shocked when the credit card bill arrives and you add up those unplanned charges that total $320.00.
You didn’t realize how easy it was to overspend without being aware of it. Now how do you tell your friends that you can’t View full post…
Posted: August 11, 2017 Under: Budgeting By: Gust Lenglet
If you were asked to think back through your own life, and name the one item that topped the list of money management tips, what would it be? We would get many different answers on that question, but the one that tops the list, is create an emergency fund.
Many individuals ask why? There are so many “emergencies” in life that can happen. An unexpected root canal, extensive car repairs, a home large appliance dies, or even worse, you could lose your job. If you don’t have the cash to cover these items, many look to a credit card or even a personal loan, to cover it.
Let’s begin by stating one important statistic…US citizens in general not very good savers. It’s a known fact and there’s no point in trying to white wash it. For the current year of 2016, the average rate of savings in America was 5.6%. Not very impressive. We offer these tips for saving money to change that.
According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the high income earners save a lot more of their income than the middle income earners. The middle income earners actually save a very small percentage of their incomes, practically nothing. Why is that? We all are aware that we need to be saving more, and yet we don’t.
Learn How Our Budgeting Tips Can Assist You in Creating a Budget That Works
Yes, we know that budgeting has a bad reputation with many individuals. However, our 5 budgeting tips should make it a bit easier for you in creating a budget. So many individuals have a pre-conceived idea that a budget means calculating hundreds of difficult sums and spending many hours each week tracking every single cent they spend. They think it means being forced to stay at home and never having any fun.
The truth is nothing like this at all. Below are 5 budgeting tips that will prove this idea is wrong.
Reading blogs about budgeting can help singles and families to find more creative ways to stick to a personal budget. The current economy has been an unstable one for a few years in a row and this leads to more and more individuals and households taking extra measures to learn how to budget your money and do their best to stick to them.
Many individuals live paycheck to paycheck and some are not always certain if they will have a job next month or next year.
As more businesses continue to close and the unemployment rate continually goes through a roller-coaster ride, sticking to a personal budget makes more sense now than ever for many individuals. View full post…
Posted: September 17, 2016 Under: Budgeting By: Gust Lenglet
Here’s an eye opening statistic for you – Prior to the creation of the Social Security System in the 1930’s, approximately 75% of senior citizens in America were living in poverty. This figure has been dramatically reduced today to just below 10%, thanks to employee pensions, Social Security and also retirement savings accounts.
But still, here in America today, many senior citizens with income levels just above the poverty level continue to have financial struggles well into their retirement.
Just as alarming are the results of a study that was done by Brandeis University. This revealed that 75% of senior citizen households in America are in a precarious position economically.
Learning how to budget your money, for many, seems like a very difficult task. Many have a tendency to rationalize that they don’t have enough income to be concerned about creating a budget. They also think that their money ends up paying bills with a few dollars left for miscellaneous items.
The reality, however, is that by learning how to budget your money now, you will be prepared to handle a more complex budget later on. View full post…
Posted: November 14, 2015 Under: Budgeting By: Gust Lenglet
Learn How to Create a Budget for Your Budgeting Personality
A quick search on the internet for the search term how to create a budget, will result in millions of hits. You will discover everything from individuals advising you how to budget money to others selling some software program to make the job easier.
Some of the software programs that tell you how to create a budget run the gamut from very basic to highly complex with a large variety of reports. Many of the programs are similar, but you will eventually find a few that may suit your own particular budgeting personality better. Finding one of those will definitely make the job easier for you. View full post…
Posted: October 3, 2015 Under: Budgeting By: Gust Lenglet
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