5 Tips for Couples to Manage Their Joint Financials
Financial issues often lead to frustrations when they are not organized well enough. When it comes to couples, it is even more important to have strict and tight administration, as it can slowly but steadily build up unwanted tension even in the best relationship. In this article, we gathered a few tips and tools that make our lives easier.
Tip #1 – Be open about it
Both members of the couple will join the relationship with some kind of history. One may have had an adventurous life, while the other may have had an eventful financial past. If you are open about your economic background from the beginning View full post…
Some Important Small Business Tips for an Annual Checkup
There are many challenges that an entrepreneur faces daily, and one of the major ones is improving cash flow. Practically every small business owner looks for ways to cut expenses and to collect money that is owed to them. Working capital is needed no matter if it happens to be in a slow period or a time of expansion. Here are a few small business tips for your annual checkup.
Getting all of your financial records together for your accountant to file your annual business tax return takes some time, but it will give you the information needed for a review. This is a good time to take stock of your business operations for the past year. You have what you need to make sure that it is operating as efficiently as it can.
Your accountant can be a big help in pointing out areas that need to be reviewed. If certain expenses appear to be out of line, he can steer you in that direction to see why. In conjunction with the preparation of the business tax returns, we offer the following small business tips that may help you increase your cash flow for the new year.
Review your business plan – You do have one, don’t you? Many View full post…
Getting married is still at the top of the list for being one of the most important decisions that we make. It’s amazing how those two words “I do” or “I will” can change our lives in very significant ways, especially in managing money.
In some states, marriage can change our financial picture whether we intended it to or not. There are a number of issues that newlyweds will need to discuss, but we’ll touch on the five that should be dealt with first. It’s very important that both spouses get on the same page as quickly as possible to avoid potential conflict.
Some other caveats to consider. When filing jointly, both spouses are liable on the return. If, as an example, one of the spouses makes an error in reporting or not reporting income, both are View full post…
If you think getting married is a tremendous emotional step, you would be correct. But, it’s also a major financial one too. Each one has their own individual goals and ways to handle money. We offer these money management tips in an attempt to get both spouses on the same page and frame of mind.
It’s best to discuss money management before marriage and decide on the method of handling the finances. Both long term and short term goals should be discussed. A lot of stress can be avoided later in marriage if these financial issues are taken care of early by View full post…
Should I Pay Off Debt With All of My Emergency Fund?
You can ask several financial planners this same question and you will get different responses. Some will advise you to get rid of all credit card debt. Some will say to setup an emergency fund first to cover such expenses as a major car repair or some large expenditure in your home.
What are you supposed to do, however, if you have an emergency fund and the balance in it is just enough to repay all of your credit card debt? Wouldn’t the credit card debt with very high interest rates be considered an emergency expenditure?
Don’t deplete the emergency fund to repay debt
The general consensus here is no, don’t use the entire balance of the emergency fund to repay your credit cards. Instead, just use some of the cash savings to repay some of the debt. Keep some of the savings available for a bona fide emergency.
3 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Money Management Software
We’ve found that many individuals have financial problems due to a lack of understanding in the best way to manage their money. Quite often, they make mistakes that prove to be quite costly, especially when it involves an increase in debt. Money management software can be a big help in many cases.
There are several reasons that these individuals get into financial distress.
Some don’t know how to control their spending due to credit card mis-use. They see items they want and charge it to a credit card. Before too long, the credit cards are maxed out and just paying the minimum balance is very difficult.
Starting college is one of those times when you had better learn about money management. In that regard, we are offering these basic money management tips to help guide you.
You’ll not only be meeting new friends, but experiencing that new freedom you dreamed about. In most cases, you’ll also discover that you now have a lot more financial responsibility…a lot more!
A study done by Sallie Mae discovered that more that 84% of new college students had one or more credit cards. The bad news is that many students were using these cards the wrong way. With an average balance in excess of $3,000.00, many were spending more than their income allowed.
Debt Free Living Doesn’t Have to Be Hard – Read These 9 Tips
The economy in the United States for the past several years, has shown no sign of improvement. In addition to that, American families have been in a buy now, pay later habit. If we want to experience debt free living, some drastic changes in our spending habits need to be in made.
Many of us spend more than we earn, and have no hesitation in taking out a credit card when we see some item that we want. Overall debt is on the increase and many contemplate bankruptcy to get out of their financial difficulty.
So many others live on the financial edge and barely exist from paycheck to paycheck, letting credit card debt fill in the gaps. Folks, this insanity must come to a screeching halt. If we want to stop this perpetual wallowing in debt, and enjoy a debt free living life style, then we have to do a serious assessment of our financial habits.
There is a budgeting concept that we came across recently. It’s called the 50/20/30 Guideline and shows you how to manage your money.
A firm, Learnvest Planners, say they use this plan for their new clients and shows them how their money is being spent. They say that it can be effective for a new college graduate in their first job or even a young family with children.
Most budgeting programs have different categories where you allocate a certain sum of money. The 50/20/30 rule breaks it down to three basic categories where a certain amount of money is allocated each month. The plan also allows you to decide the order of the money being allocated.
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.
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