Archive for March, 2009

Personal Budget Planning

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Budget Budget Budget

Personal budget planning is an important part of keeping a handle on your finances. Because there is so much turmoil in today’s economy, maintaining a healthy personal budget is more vital than ever. Crafting a personal budget begins with determining how money comes in, and how money goes out, but there is a lot more detail that has to go into the personal budget planning process if you want to get the most out of it.

When you consider your income, for example, you should have both a monthly budget amount and a monthly actual amount so you can make sure that you are earning the income that you are expecting. Your income should include not only standard wages and bonuses, but also income from interest, income from investments and income from miscellaneous sources. Budget for all “money in” scenarios, including tax refunds for example.

Because taxes are an important part of your finances, you should also track your income taxes and other taxes in your personal budget planning process. Track your federal income taxes, state income taxes, local income taxes, Medicare taxes and social security taxes by tracking both a budgeted amount and an actual amount each month. These numbers fluctuate, so make sure to track them.

Next, when it comes to tracking your expenses for personal budget planning, there are a lot of categories that you need to consider. You need to consider your mortgage payment or rent, homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, property taxes, home repairs, HOA dues, maintenance costs and home improvements, for example. Utilities that need to be considered include electricity, water and sewer, natural gas or oil, cell phone and land line telephone. Food costs should not only include grocery bills, but also snacks, lunches, eating out, and whatever you spend at the vending machine.

There are also family obligations to budget for that may normally be forgotten, such s child support, daycare, baby sitting and alimony payments. If you have to contribute to your health insurance, don’t forget about monthly health, vision and dental premiums. You also need to consider un-reimbursed medical expenses like co-pays.

There are other expenses to include in your budget planning, including transportation costs like car payments, gasoline, auto maintenance and repair fees, oil, auto insurance and other methods of transportation like bus and taxi costs. If you have debt like loans, student loans or credit cards, or you have debt payments, then you need to include these as well.

If you intend on saving a specific amount of money every month, it would be wise to treat it like a bill, making it a mandatory expense every month rather than something that you remember to do at the end of the month when you’re low on cash. Don’t forget occasional expenses in your budget, like entertainment and recreation costs, subscriptions, vacations, pets, clothing and other investments. If you leave something out of your budget during the personal budget planning process you may end up with no money to cover it at the end of the month.

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Originally posted 2020-11-28 05:01:12. Republished by Old Post Promoter

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Child Savings and Investment

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

Children cost money – are you ready?

Having children is not a cheap proposition these days, especially when you consider long term costs. The older your children become, the more they are going to end up costing in the long run. High education prices, for example, continue to soar making it nearly impossible for you to put your children through school. The housing market is also becoming nearly impossible. All of these things seem really far ahead when your child is young, but if you do not start saving up now you may find yourself really short in terms of capital and income when you finally do need the money to get things going.

Surveys are luckily suggesting that people are beginning to understand this concept. Child savings and investment plans are absolutely vital if we want to be financially prepared for everything that goes into rearing our children from beginning to end in the future. When we first have children, they are expensive enough, and keeping them in diapers is hard work. Little do we know at that point however, how many thousands of dollars will have to go into their educations, keeping them clothed and fed, and putting a roof over their heads for the next eighteen years or so. If you want to be prepared financially for everything that is involved in raising your children to adulthood, then you need to begin planning as far ahead as you can using child savings and investment planning to make sure that you have enough money in the future.

You should not start saving when your children are young, but rather before they are even born. If you know that you plan on having children some day, begin saving the day that the decision is made. Even if you change your mind later, the money will still go to good use, so it is better to plan ahead and be safe than to be sorry in a few years when you do not have the savings you need to afford the education of your children.

When it comes to planning for your child’s future, planning ahead is always best. The sooner you begin to plan, save and invest, the better off you will be when you finally need to utilize that money. If you do not take the time to plan ahead, you may run into a point where you do not have the capital you need to take care of your children properly. Imagine trying to send your children to college and finding that you lack the capital to get them there, as well as the credit score to obtain the lending that is required. Can you imagine the disappointment that your children will have if they cannot go to the school of their dreams? Nip that risk in the bud as early as you can by planning early, saving and investing often, and working hard to create a good life for your children long before you ever have to.

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Originally posted 2020-11-27 05:01:07. Republished by Old Post Promoter

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How do Savings Bonds Work

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Wondering Why You Should Invest in US Savings Bonds?

Are you wondering why you should invest in United States savings bonds, or how savings bonds work? This is a question that not enough people are considering these days, because most people are pressing their luck instead by gambling with stocks and other investments. So many people are turning to penny stocks thinking that they cannot lose, but this thrilling stock market is no way to turn a buck. Instead, people should look at savings bonds as a valuable part of an investment portfolio even if they do not appear to be as exciting as an investment.

First of all, you need to understand what a U.S. Savings Bond is if you want to take advantage of these lucrative investments. Back in the day, savings bonds were a popular form of long term investment for people who could not afford to buy common stock. This is back when a long term investment was only an investment that lasted longer than a couple of weeks. There are plenty of different savings bond options available to you out there, but the ones that are the best and the most worthy of your time are the ones that are backed by the United States. At their basic level, these savings bonds are a promise that if you lend money to the government, you will get it back with interest attached. The one risk lies in that the entity you lend to may not be able to pay it off as they have agreed to. However, when lending to the United States Government through US treasury bonds, the risk is a great deal less. Unless the entire American government goes bankrupt, you will eventually get your money back and you will earn interest in the process.

For all intents and purposes, you are lending money to the government when you purchase a United States savings bond. In the days of huge deficits, it is much easier for the United States government to raise money by selling US treasury bonds and savings bonds than to have to go to foreign lenders who require much larger interest rates and much higher returns on their investments. US treasury savings bonds are better for the government and the country because they do not require American citizens to pay taxes to pay foreign governments back for their loans.

Not only is this a lucrative deal for the government when it needs financial assistance, but because of compounding interest, it is also a lucrative deal for you. If you begin with a $1000 initial investment and make $50 monthly deposits, after taxes your nest egg would be nearly $20,000. Increase the interest rate by only a little bit to 3 percent and you will have a nest egg of $22,000 or more. If you think you can put away $100 a month instead of $50, your nest egg will grow exponentially to $42,000. There are also tax benefits associated with these bills that you will want to look into as well.

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Teach Teens to Save Money

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Teach your teen about money.

One of the biggest reasons why having a teenage child can be difficult is because teenagers tend to spend money easily and freely without any real regard for what goes into earning that money in the first place. Teenagers tend to spend a great deal of money on clothes, shoes, toys, video games, computer stuff, without ever really buying anything that they need. One of your biggest jobs as a parent is to teach them how to save their money.

First of all, you should teach your teenager how to save money by opening them up a bank account.

When they have their own bank account, they will have a paper transcription of how and where they spend their money. Deposit their allowance directly into the bank account, and explain to them that once the money is gone for the month, it’s gone. This will teach your teens to be savvier when saving money because they will have a better idea of how much goes in and how much comes out, and will learn to better track their expenditures accordingly if they know that the money will eventually run out if they are not careful.

Another consideration that you need to make when it comes to teens saving money is a really valuable quote that applies to many situations including this one: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” What this quote means is that giving your teenager an allowance, or money for the movies, or for any other reason, they will use that money and then it will be gone. If on the other hand you teach your teens how to handle their money and save their money, it will prepare them for a lifetime of financial fitness, which is the most ideal situation. By teaching your teen how to earn and save money, how to invest, and so on, you are preparing them for a lifetime of intelligent financial decisions. This may not prevent them from making poor decisions in the future, but it will better prepare them for what life throws at them as they get older.

You absolutely must be able to teach your teenage children how to handle their money.

Once they understand what goes into making or earning the money, saving the money and investing the money, they will spend their money more wisely in the future. Teach your children how to invest, and how to get the most out of their money, and you will find them being excited about saving their money rather than spending it frivolously. If you want your teens to be savvy when it comes to budgeting, saving, and investing their hard earned money, you have to teach them the value of that money and what can be done with it besides buying designer jeans, ring tones and other toys. Not only will you benefit, but they will benefit significantly as well.

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Originally posted 2020-11-25 05:01:04. Republished by Old Post Promoter

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Finding a Legitimate High Yield Investment

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Most people hear the words High Yield Investment Program, or the acronym HYIP, and many of them quiver. This is not completely unnatural, because high yield investments only come with high risks, and most HYIP opportunities are not even legitimate to begin with. There are simply too many people out there who want to take advantage of green investors, bilking them out of their hard earned money by misleading them into high yield investment programs that are far from legitimate.

Look for High Yielding Investments.

Because of these factors, along with numerous others, High Yield Investment programs have gained a notoriety that other types of investments can really only be envious of. This reputation has unfortunately dissuaded many serious investors from considering them, instead encouraging shadier elements of the financial marketplace to set up shop using them for profit. This is quite a pity, however, because High Yield Investments, when legitimate, can actually prove to be an extremely valuable tool when it comes to the generation of personal wealth. If you are an investor who is smart and discerning, you will actually find plenty of wonderful opportunities to increase your investment by a sizable amount of money.

Not all HYIP opportunities are scams, and there are plenty of opportunities for high yield investment that are plenty legitimate. Many of them have been utilized for years, and in this time have been able to create success stories out of ordinary, regular people. Everyday people have been able to take on these high risk, high reward investments, turning their investment portfolios into true success stories. There are two different types of High Yield Investment Programs, those that are legitimate and those that are not. The non-legitimate ones tend to have to do with investing in offshore trading companies with technicalities and rules that are shady at best. Avoid these at all costs. The other option is the transparent kind that involves investing in local, understandable and verifiable trades in shares, futures and gold for example.

Finding a successful, profitable High Yield Investment Program that is going to lead to your success, you should always look for the programs that put serious emphasis on transparency. You are going to want to know how the program is developing, and what you can expect to receive in returns. You are also going to want a tangible contact that you can connect with as needed, meaning that you will have a person that you can talk to whenever you need one, either over the phone or through e-mail.

If you find an HYIP that is promising too much, you absolutely must be wary. HYIPs do give higher returns than the normal rate, but if the ROI that you are being offered makes your eyes fall out of your skull, you’re probably looking at something bogus. There’s a big difference, after all, in providing good rates, or to good to be true rates.

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Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

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Tips for Managing Your Money Wisely

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

With a few tips for managing money wisely, you should have no problems putting together a good working budget and learning how to manage your money. Here are some excellent tips for managing money wisely that will give you a great platform for getting started.

Budget – don't throw money away! Put it to good use!

1 – The first step is to figure out how you are currently managing your money.

Spend a month tracking every dollar that comes in, and every dollar that goes out. By the end of the month, you will have established a pattern of how your money is spent. From this, you can create a budget.

2 – Once you know how you are currently managing your money, creating a budget is vital.

Are you happy with how your money was spent in an average month, or is money going into the wrong expenses? Form a budget that allows for all of your expenses to be paid monthly, with money left over for savings. You should not be spending beyond your means, nor should you be completely broke by the time bills are paid every month, and a budget will ensure this.

3 – Revisit your expenses, spending practices and budget at least every few months, or twice a year to make sure that nothing drastic has changed.

Bills can vary a little bit from one month to the next month, but you should still have no problem paying them off unless your income takes a hit or your expenses climb considerably. If changes are occurring, it is vital that you make sure your budget reflects them, meaning that your budget should change over time as well.

4 – When forming a budget, you should make sure to include every potential expense, otherwise you may end of forgetting something and paying severely in the long run.

Your budget should include your housing, auto, insurance, home maintenance, food, clothing, personal grooming, dry cleaning, utilities, credit card payments, loan payments, other insurance payments, child care, entertainment, child support, legal expenses, medical bills, savings, vacations and income taxes. If it involves money coming in or money going out, it needs to be included in your budget in order for your budget to be efficient.

5 – If your budget is not working for you or you are still having difficulty finding ways to manage your money wisely, it may be time to rethink the way you are budgeting.

There are all kinds of different ways to budget and manage your money wisely, so change things up a bit if you feel like what you are doing isn’t effective.

These tips for managing money wisely are just the beginning. Learning to manage your money wisely takes time and effort, but once you find a budget plan that fits your needs, managing your money will be easier than ever, and that is when you can truly begin to get a handle on your finances, saving money every month.

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Originally posted 2020-11-21 05:59:44. Republished by Old Post Promoter

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What Are Legitimate High Yield Investments?

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

In this day and age, everyone is hurting for money, and locating legitimate high yield investments is not easy. Aside from scams, another consideration that needs to be made is the potential return on any investments that you make. Despite the fact that there are many attractive investment opportunities available both online and off, the appealing returns that they promise on your investments are not always what you will actually end up with. When investing, you should fully investigate all investment opportunities to make sure that the legitimate high yield investment offer you respond to is actually what it claims to be.

What are legitimate high yield investments?

In any situation involving a high yield investment, there is always going to be a degree of risk regardless of whether it is recognized as a legitimate investment or not. It is recommended that you should only invest what you can afford to lose in any high risk high yield investing opportunity. All high yield investing opportunities are high risk in nature, meaning that if you find something that seems to good to be true based on a lack of apparent risk, you’re probably dealing with an investing opportunity that is only going to end up burning you in the end. If you end up investing a huge amount of your funds into a high risk high yield investing strategy, and you find out later that it is not a legitimate high yield investment, then you can end up in bankruptcy, or worse. Do not invest too much money until you know what you are dealing with, no matter how bright the results seem to be, because there is no telling what will happen as early as a few months down the line.

When it comes to investing in a legitimate high yield investment, there are two different basic approaches that you can take.

One is an active approach and the second is the passive approach.

The active approach involves researching the investment opportunity to find out who is collecting, who is managing and who is buying the returns. People who take the passive road give their money to someone else and wait for their money to be invested properly.

In other words, the difference between actively and passively investing in legitimate high yield investment options simply falls on whether you do your own research and investing, or if you trust your capital in the hands of an expert who has an investment opportunity to put your money into.

If you are not sure how to tell whether an investment opportunity with a high yield is legitimate or not, you may be better off trusting an expert. Most investment strategists have numerous clients with all kinds of different investing strategies. Because they work with so many different people, they have a better understanding in general of what investment opportunities are out there, and which do and do not pay the returns that they promise. Remember that playing it safe is always better than risking your money for a high yield investment and getting burnt in the end.

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Originally posted 2020-11-20 05:59:34. Republished by Old Post Promoter

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Online Finance Magazines

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Online Finance Magazines

Most people intentionally bypass the bay of finance magazines in the grocer or their local newsstand, believing that there is nothing in those magazines that will help them gain a better understanding of their money, the state of the economy, or anything else relating to finances for that matter. But by exploring what online finance magazines have to offer, you may actually be able to gain a much better understanding of the world’s economy and how it influences you, and you may have an improved sense of understanding over your own finances as well.

– Not only will reading online finance magazines give you input from a variety of different sources on the current state of the financial segment, the world economy and other vital finance topics, but by getting such a wide variety of different views, you will get a much larger picture of the current situation than by just following one point of view. Online finance magazines give you plenty of insight by sharing views with you from sources all over the world, including finance experts, economists, government officials, politicians and more.

– By reading online finance magazines you will open yourself up to advice on a wide variety of different finance topics. You may not go looking for the next big investment vehicle, or advice on how to invest small but reap big rewards, but articles like these and more are available in many online finance magazines, so there is plenty that you can learn by reading them. Not only will you learn about the economy in the United States and all over the world, but you will also learn a lot about managing your own finances, getting out of debt, financing a big purchase like a home or car, or just managing small investments or your growing investment portfolio.

– Online finance magazines often have question and answer sections that you can write in to. Getting your question published in a print magazine is a lot harder than getting published on the web. Ask an insightful question about finances or the world economy and have your question and its corresponding answer broadcast online for the entire world to see. It may surprise you how many people you can help by asking a question that is on the minds of many other people.

If you want to keep up to date on what is going on in finance not only in your area, but across the country and around the world, reading online finance magazines can really help. If you want advice on investing, growing your investment portfolio, managing your money, financing a large purchase or paring down your debt, you can find the answers that you seek in online finance magazines as well. If you have concerns relating to the economy or your own finance management on a large or small scale, online finance magazines can really make a difference.

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Originally posted 2020-11-18 05:59:30. Republished by Old Post Promoter

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