Tag Archives: saving

2014 financial resolutions: An update

I posted a blog in early January 2014 outlining my seven financial resolutions for the new year. I’ve made some progress, but frankly, I have some considerable work yet to do.

Here’s an update:

Debt and retirement

This may seem like an obvious point, but successfully planning for retirement has always required managing two sides of the household balance sheet: building savings and managing debt.

Two recent reports highlight how the debt side of the retirement balance …

When $500 can actually be worth more than $500

If you’re not a retirement savings “geek” like me, you may have missed the news that the IRS increased contribution limits for IRAs this year. It’s the first increase we’ve seen since 2008. In 2013, the limits increase to $5,500 …

Conversations with my elder self

A few weeks ago, I competed in the season-ending doubles championship at a local tennis club. In the first round, my partner and I lost a tough three-setter to a talented father-son duo.

Now in his 80s, the father had …

So how does America pay for college?

It seems that not a day goes by that I don’t see a headline about the soaring costs of college or the crippling debt facing many students upon earning their degree. My thoughts immediately go to my sister and brother-and-law, …

Vanguard’s index card

Financial advice usually doesn’t generate buzz on social media as much as, say, a grumpy cat photo or a Harlem Shake video.

But early this week, I came across a few financial words of wisdom on an index card that …

8 tips for starting an emergency fund

A few months ago, my husband and I experienced debit card fraud. Reviewing our bank account online, I noticed a series of strange ATM withdrawals that we didn’t make. The withdrawals were substantial, adding up to a few thousand dollars. …

Starting now can help you finish strong

I recently had the opportunity to watch a video of couples talking about retirement, which, for them, was about ten years away. The couples were broken into three self-described categories: fully prepared, somewhat prepared, and not prepared. At the end …

The 401(k) debate

I just finished watching a new documentary on 401(k) plans. It was intended to be an exposé of sorts. The program combined criticisms of the U.S. retirement system and financial services industry with sinister music for added drama. After I …

Me against myself

In sixth grade, I’d take my allowance to Phil’s Pizza, exchange the bills for quarters, and feed a week’s worth of funds into the Pac-Man machine. Within 15 minutes, I was broke. To behavioral economists, I was a case study …

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