Financial freedom can be a difficult term to define, but at a very basic level it simply means controlling your own finances entirely.
In order to gain financial freedom, you have to be free of debt, able to provide for yourself, and able to prepare for your future. However, achieving those goals is often easier said than done — particularly in times of economic hardship such as those that much of
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Few people enjoy penny-pinching, but it’s easy to cut back on wasteful spending that costs most us hundreds, if not thousands, a year. And it’s unlikely to negatively impact your happiness, or your quality of life. In fact, it’s quite the opposite: with more money stashed away in a retirement account, you’ll get the peace of mind that comes with financial security.
Here are five low-hassle ways to do it:
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Roughly 3 in 10 people now borrow money from their 401(k) retirement plans. Generally, you can borrow half your account balance — up to $50,000 — for as long as five years. True, it’s among the cheapest loans available because the interest rate is typically the prime rate plus one percent, and interest is paid to yourself. Even so, the risks are steep; not the least of which is the
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For many of us, retirement can often seem like something too far off in the future. However, as we approach retirement age, and as we are exposed with news of economic instability, we often wonder what is in store for us during retirement. Because of this, a question we often ask ourselves is: Where is the best place to invest to get the most for our retirement?
Although there are
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Many people dream about reaching the million-dollar net worth milestone, as if that lofty benchmark somehow guarantees a strife-free financial life. Preposterous! Net worth — the value of your total assets minus your total liabilities — is overrated because it’s very misleading, as evidenced by many “paper millionaires” who struggle to make ends meet. Yes, net worth is a terrific indicator for estate planning, or identifying
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I have a lot of bad habits. For example, I tend to bite my nails when I get stressed out. I also have a penchant for opening the cupboard to get a drinking glass — then walking away and leaving the door wide open. I know. I can’t explain it either, but it drives the Honeybee absolutely bonkers every time I do it.
Even so, I like to remind her that
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President Roosevelt signing the Social Security Act of 1935 in the Cabinet Room of the White House.
This weekend I was looking through the safe that holds all of my most important documents, like family birth certificates, insurance policies and the secret recipe for mom’s sauce, when I ran across my Social Security card.
Now I’ll wager that, if you poll a room full of people at a triple-keg
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A couple weeks ago I shared with you ten characteristics of debt-free people of modest means.
In that article I specifically asked my readers to consider this question:
“Why is it that there are families out there with household incomes under $40,000 comfortably making ends meet and saving for retirement with no debt on the books – or at worst, a single mortgage payment – while others who make millions per year
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The other day a friend and I were discussing why some people manage to live their lives in complete control of their finances, while others are constantly trying to get out of debt fast – and usually in hock up to their eyeballs no matter how much money they make.
I’ve preached that financial freedom can be achieved by anybody regardless of their income level more times than I care to
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I have been a proud, full-time, member of the American workforce since 1988.
As of the end of 2009 I have earned $1,548,291 in base salary – excluding bonuses, stock option cash-outs, and other income streams. It also excludes the money I earned working part time while I was in school.
Since 1981 when I took my first part time job as a 16-year-old kid, I have paid over $91,000 in
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