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…
Investing in the stock market is an intimidating thing. Many millennials are told to start investing while they are young – this ensures your investments have time to grow over your lifetime. However, just getting started in investing can be extremely difficult.
There are multiple ways to start investing, such as opening/starting an IRA (individual retirement account), or joining your companies 401k/403b plan, but for the most freedom you will want to open a brokerage account. A brokerage account allows an investor to deposit funds with the brokerage and place investment orders with those funds. Continue reading How to Start Investing in the Stock Market
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
Being in debt can be a very scary feeling. Always feeling like you are behind, and never able to get ahead. Student loans, Car payments/repairs, hospital bills, credit card debt, the list only goes on and on. One big question I hear a lot is: what debt should I pay off first? There are a few basic rules I have when it comes to paying off debt.
#1 ) If a debt payment is approaching being late for 90 days this takes top priority. Continue reading What Debt Should Millennials pay off first?
No matter how much you cut expenses, there is a 99.9999% chance millennials will have a cell phone. And there is a very good chance you are paying a premium for your cell phone coverage. Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and all the other big companies charge people crazy amounts of money despite their advertisements on how great they are.
An example of this, my girlfriend (prior to dating me) was paying $107.42 a month for her cell phone. She received unlimited texts, calls, and internet (up to 3gb at full speed). This also included a $25 a month charge for her phone. Essentially she was paying $82.42 a month for her phone coverage. Nearly $3 a day! Continue reading You’re probably overpaying for your cell phone
Saving more money is often a new year resolution for millennials. Coffee is one area to easily save money. Despite being one of the cheapest things to produce, plain old coffee gets real expensive, real quick. I’ve never been able to figure out adding some milk and a couple pumps of syrup makes the price of coffee shoot up so much. Here are my five biggest tips for saving money on coffee, without having too sacrifice much.
#1) Buy whole bean coffee and grind it in the store
Continue reading 5 Ways to Save Money on Coffee in 2017
I saw this picture on social media, and it struck a chord with me. In just a few sentences it explains that by prioritizing what you spend your hard earned money on can make the difference between seeing the world, or staying at home.If traveling isn’t your forte, then perhaps between you and the next gadget you desire.
People spend way too much money on many things:
- Eating Out
- Cell Phones
- the list goes on and on
Continue reading Prioritizing Your Spending