Maybe I have been doing this whole blogging thing wrong. Looking back, I realize I focus too much on content and not enough about backstory or stories in general. There is not a lot about my posts that stand out, and make a reader want to come back and read more. Moving forward, I want to better connect with my audience, and continue to grow this blog.
In any case, a goal I had set this year was to increase my credit score. My credit score was ok, it was in the “good” category. However, I was not satisfied with this. Although I am only 25 years old, I knew there was ways I would be able to improve my credit score. Continue reading How I Was Able to Raise My Credit Score 82 Points in Two Months
I recently returned from a nice vacation in Mexico. This was my first time in Mexico. For those of you who are planning to travel internationally, there is a good chance you will encounter various street vendors during your travel. These vendors will sell anything from jewelry to massages to potential gifts for the important people in your life. In highly touristy areas, vendors will often come up to you with the goal of starting a sales process. It is important to negotiate down prices so you don’t overpay for everything on your trip. This will save you lots of money. Below are 6 techniques I use to save money when haggling while abroad.
#1 Understand you are not obligated to buy anything
Continue reading 6 Ways To Save Money When Traveling Abroad
Budgeting is like dieting – some people have it down pat, while many others know this is something they should be doing, but continue to push off. With that being said, budgeting is key if you want to take control of your financial life. Below are 5 tips I have to help stick to a budget.
#1 Have a goal
Having a goal is mind is important to sticking to your budget. If you are saving money just to save money, going over budget is not a big deal. However, if you are saving money to buy a new car, go on a vacation, build an emergency fund or anything else that you want/need then it is a lot easier to stick to your budget. Continue reading 5 Secrets to Sticking to a Budget
Saving money is difficult. Even saving 1% of your paycheck can be a challenge. However, this percentage can have a huge impact on your ability to retire or become debt-free.
For example, let’s say you are 25 years old, make $40,000 a year today, and never get a pay increase from that salary. 1% of that would be $400 a year / $33.33 a month / $7.69 a week. To save this amount it could mean eating out one less time a week, skipping buying a few articles of clothing a month, skipping one night on the town a month, or many other options.
So, instead of spending that one percent of your paycheck you invest the money in the stock market.
On average the stock market has a return of 8% per year, or 10% if you
reinvest the dividends. Dividends are a sum of money paid regularly (typically quarterly) by a company to its shareholders out of its profits (or reserves). Assuming you get a 10% return on your investment, by the time you are 65 the 1% you save monthly would be worth roughly $195,000. All from 1% of your paycheck. Continue reading Here’s What Saving 1% of Your Paycheck Could Do…
Warren Buffett is arguably the greatest investor of all time. One thing that separates Warren Buffet from others is his down to earth approach in life, investing, and business. He is full of great quotes that can relate to millennials. Below are 8 quotes by Warren Buffett that millennials should know and follow.
# 1 “Never ask a barber if you need a haircut.”
This might be my favorite Warren Buffett quote of all time. In this situation the barber will always say yes. Even if you just got a haircut 3 days ago. The barber only makes money when people get their haircut. It’s important to take what professionals say with a grain of salt in order to better understand how they are compensated, and how much that is effecting what they are saying. Continue reading 8 Things From Warren Buffett Young People Should Know
Tax return season is upon on, and this is good news for lots of Millennials. It’s great to get a lucrative return, but what to do with this large sum of money is another question. Below are 5 ways to use your tax return wisely.
#1 Pay off existing debt – highest interest first
If you have existing debt this is a good chance to pay off a huge chunk at once. Pay off whatever debt has the highest interest rate first, usually credit card debt would fit this. Paying off debt early will save you lots of money in the long run, as you will be paying mostly principal on the loan, not interest payments. Continue reading 5 Wise Ways to Use Your Tax Return
Recently I came upon a statistic that said roughly 47% of Americans would not be able to cover a $400 emergency. I’m going to guess that number is higher for millennials than older generations. A $400 emergency could come from so many avenues: vet bills, hospital bill, car trouble, job loss, etc. Having an emergency/rainy day fund is always important to have, just in case life throws you a curveball.
Saving money is hard, so below are 5 ways to easily save money in order to build/add to your emergency fund.
#1 Price Match
Thanks to Amazon, and other online retailers it is incredibly easy to compare prices before you make a purchase. Most stores honor these competitive prices as well. A few months back when I was looking for a birthday present I went to Toys R Us to look at Lego sets in person. The setI decided on was about $45 at the store. However, the same set was only $27 online through WalMart. Upon checkout I showed this to the cashier, and I got the gift then and there at a fraction of the price for using my phone for all of 20 seconds.
Whenever you are making a sizable purchase, do yourself a favor and run it through google first. This could save you a ton of money. The only store I know that does not price match to online stores is GNC.
Continue reading 5 Ways For Millennials to Save Money This Month