I’m guilty. While I consider myself fairly frugal, I am seriously addicted to purchasing second-hand clothing. Most people probably look at me and think, “Damn how many North Face jackets does a woman need?!” It’s true, I have quite a few. In fact, despite telling myself that I would never buy expensive clothes for myContinue reading “Can You Save Money by Purchasing More Expensive Clothes?”
Everyone has their own strategy for how they invest their income to maximize long-term earnings potential. In this post, I want to talk about my experience with a whole life insurance policy. What is whole life insurance, how do the earnings compare, what was my experience, and what did I learn? If you read myContinue reading “My Experience with Whole Life Insurance”
In a world where we are constantly comparing ourselves to others on social media, it’s easy to focus on all the things we don’t have or haven’t experienced. However, I like to use social media as a way to be inspired by others who have created an intentional life for themselves. I enjoy seeing howContinue reading “Creating the Vision for Your Future and Measuring Progress”
You want to take full advantage of your tax-advantaged accounts like a 401k or Traditional IRA to minimize how much hard-earned money you must give up. However, some people may be hesitant to contribute more to their retirement accounts because they expect high fees to access their money before 59.5 years old. You may be leaving significant earnings potential on the table by doing so, but some would rather the freedom to access their money without worrying about fees.
This brings me to the question, would we ever regret contributing too much to our tax-advantaged retirement accounts, and what strategies exist to access the money earlier?
While I have some years of experience investing, primarily in index funds and mutual funds, I can’t help but watch the financial community on Twitter blow up about REITs and how real estate should be a key piece of my investing strategy. While many people rave about real estate, I’ve always been a fan of keeping my investments diversified and wanted to learn more before considering investing.
In this post, I will cover (1) what options we have to invest in real estate, (2) the pros and cons to investing in real estate, and (3) our plans in the future.
Read my disclaimer here. A few months ago, I thought subscription boxes were fantastic. They were a mini monthly present to myself that was exactly what I wanted, and yet still a complete surprise. Makeup subscriptions, children’s books, dog toys, clothing, sustainable products, underwear, snacks, produce, etc. You name it, if marketing told me IContinue reading “Which Subscription Services Bring Value into Our Lives?”
This post may contain affiliate links. Lifestyle creep is when we gradually increase our spending as we earn more, and ultimately requires us to have more money and stuff to sustain our happiness. Unfortunately, we may be passing along that expectation to our children, defining what they need to be happy before they’ve had aContinue reading “Avoid Passing on Lifestyle Creep by Raising Frugal Children”
Read my disclaimer here. When you consider the potential for a future recession, how does it make you feel? Does the expected dip in your 401k keep you up at night, or are you prepared to continue investing to boost your retirement savings for the long run? Going into March 2020, I was thankful forContinue reading “Why it is Important to Continue Investing in a Downturn”
Would you believe that a higher earner may take longer to retire if they are not prioritizing saving? A lower income means a lower savings goal in order to support that lifestyle and retire comfortably, which is why savings rate is so important. Regardless of your income level, it’s your savings rate that will ultimatelyContinue reading “Your Savings Rate Determines How Many Years You Will Work”
This post contains affiliate links. When I first started my professional career, I appeared to have a minimalist closet, Unfortunately, my jeans and sweatshirts from college days were no longer appropriate for the office life. Two hundred dollars later, I accumulated a couple sweaters that I wore with black pants, black shoes, and a handfulContinue reading “5 Ways Minimizing Your Closet Can Make You Money”