Embattled real estate markets and soaring foreclosures aren’t just affecting middle-aged Americans; there are plenty of young people who bought early at the wrong time. True, young homeowners have less invested in a home and plenty of time to rebuild their finances, but finding yourself staring down the barrel of foreclosure is unpleasant at any […]
How often do you worry about money? Once a week? Once a day? All of the time? At one time in my life I was so stressed about money (specifically, how much I owed and how little I made), that I couldn’t focus on anything else. It had to stop. Worrying about money isn’t only […]
I read a great post this morning by Monica O’Brien of TwentySet about Generation Y bloggers and generational stereotypes. It got me pondering stereotypes I’ve encountered about how twentysomethings handle money. What are these stereotypes? Are you validating these stereotypes with your financial behavior, or smashing through them?
I’ve been working on personal financial goals for over three years. During that time, I’ve also set goals to get stronger, eat better, and lose weight. Unfortunately, I frequently failed to achieve my health goals…until recently. I’ve lost more than 15 pounds since January and have been able to make a healthier lifestyle stick. As […]
Something I learned far too late into my twenties is that when you’re trying to get out of debt, finding the money to pay down debts is only half the battle. Sometimes, it’s even harder to avoid going into new debt than it is to pay down debts you already have. This year, for the […]
The 80/20 rule, or Pareto principal, is one of the most common management strategies to help people focus on what’s important and get more done. Simply stated in terms of productivity, the 80/20 rule says that 80 percent of results come from just 20 percent of your effort (and, conversely, that 80 percent of your […]
If you, like most Americans, are fed up with the banking system, then social lending might be for you. I believe social lending is the way of the future for both borrowers and investors. And today, when bank savings rates are tiny, the stock market is up and down, and few banks are making loans […]