Benefits of Tax-Advantaged Savings
Retirement
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Tax-Advantaged Savings and Recommended Strategies

Now that the Nasdaq is down 25%, S&P 500 and Dow sustain double-digit losses YTD; nobody seems excited about investing, let alone tax-advantaged savings accounts. Robinhood trading activity slows down as gamified noob investors suddenly become terrified and head to the exits. And if fortunate enough to have huge gains, …

Four percent rule
Retirement
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The 4% Rule is Not for Everyone, Use this Calculator Instead

The first time I heard about “safe withdrawal,” I thought it was a family planning method. I was like, “I’m an expert!” Well, it turns out it’s for a different kind of planning— your retirement. Specifically, it answers the question, “How much can I safely withdraw from my retirement accounts?” …

What turning 50 means to your finances
Retirement

What Turning 50 Means to Your Finances

If you’re wondering why you haven’t seen a new post in weeks, it’s because I was extremely busy. For starters, I’ve built a mini-basketball court in my backyard, moving 20 tons of gravel using a wheelbarrow in the process. My employer also demanded that we start working in the office, …

Anatomy of an American Paycheck
Income
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The Anatomy of an American Paycheck

If only more people paid attention to their paychecks than credit limits, we would have less poverty, homelessness, divorce, and more happy millionaires who don’t stress about money.

Life without retirement savings sucks
Retirement

Life Without Retirement Savings Sucks (and what you can do about it)

Living longer is certainly a blessing. But being a 90-year-old with no money is not a particularly good problem to have. Your quality of life diminishes, and you become a huge burden to your kids, who already have responsibilities of their own.

Our house
Retirement
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Why I’m Paying Off My Mortgage Early, Maybe You Should Too

Paying down your mortgage when you have an ultra-low interest rate is unpopular among many investing geniuses because the stock market has historically returned around 12%. The typical advice goes like this: “Your 3% mortgage is cheap money. Put your money on investments that will make you more money!” In …

Traditional 401K vs ROTH 401K
Retirement

Traditional vs Roth 401K: Understanding How They are Different

One thing that can significantly affect your long-term and retirement savings is the type of employer-sponsored retirement plan you choose. While traditional 401(k) plans and Roth 401(k) sound similar, there are some major differences between the two accounts.

Suze Orman could be right
Financial Planning

Suze Orman Could be Right, This Calculator Can Tell You Why

If you’ve been following my posts, you probably know by now that this is not a FIRE (Financially Independent, Retire Early) blog. For one thing, I’m already in my forties when I wrote my first post.  There’s no way I could retire in my 30’s without sneaking into my sister’s time …

Jaw dropping retirement facts
Retirement
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12 Jaw-Dropping Stats About Retirement

Below is a guest post from Archana Singh, a finance blogger from the Mystic Land of India. Archana works for one of the leading insurance and web aggregator in the country. Even if you don’t live there, you’ll quickly learn that retirement challenges are fundamentally the same; circumstances could devour …

This sheet tells you when to get out of the shit hole
Retirement
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This Sheet Tells You When to Get Out of the Shithole

One of my favorite movies of all-time is American Beauty. The 1999 award-winning film stars Kevin Spacey who played Lester Burnham, a 40-something guy who hated his job and was on the brink of a mid-life crisis. The inflection point was when he saw his daughter’s gorgeous 16-year-old cheerleader friend, Angela Hayes (Mena Suvari), perform during a half-time dance routine at a high school basketball game.
Lester becomes so infatuated with Angela that he began having sexual fantasies with her. He becomes obsessed with youth that he started to live his life like he just graduated from high school. And when he was told that he was about to get laid off, he instead blackmailed his boss for $60,000. He then quits work anyway choosing to work as a crew in a fast-food chain instead– the position with, in his own words, the least amount of responsibility.
But what really caught my attention is the scene where Lester Burnham wonders in his cubicle while seeing a reflection of his image on the monitor, which resembles a guy trapped in a jail cell. With the numbers on the spreadsheet forming the jail bars in his mind, it’s pretty obvious that he felt imprisoned by his job and wanted an escape. A feeling that many people can sympathize.