Twelve Reasons I Sleep Well at Night While Investing

When I was in my early 20’s I was adverse to the idea of putting money into retirement accounts. I knew on a basic level that my money was “safe” at my credit union and ...

Personal Finance

Is It Better to Be Hourly or Salary?

In terms of raw take home pay, hourly can be much better compared to a salaried job with long hours. Salaried people should know their equivalent hourly wage especially when working more than 40 hours ...

Personal Finance

  • December 26, 2017
  • by Emily

A Tool To Compare Spending Choices

Could you cut $100 from your monthly spending and invest it instead? What about paying ahead on your mortgage? If you did, how much of a difference would it make?

Personal Finance

  • December 11, 2017
  • by Emily

Socially Responsible Investing 101

If you’d like to start investing in stocks but balk at the idea of your cash being used to commit environmental atrocities or by a company with a poor human rights record, here are some ...

Personal Finance

  • November 20, 2017
  • by Emily

Being a Plumber vs. Being a Doctor - Net Worth Simulations

Here’s what you can learn about plumbers, doctors (and other career paths) by running some comparisons on the Wealth Meta Income and Spending Simulator.

Personal Finance

  • November 8, 2017
  • by Emily

Playing the Credit Card Reward Game—How to Make It Worth It

Rewards cards can be a net win (3% on spending is a reasonable goal). They only pay off if you know how to use them correctly and have the right attitude going in. Here are ...

Personal Finance

TD Ameritrade Commission Free ETF Shake Up

TD Ameritrade has decided to change out its entire commission free ETF lineup. They are dropping almost all the Vanguard and iShares ETFs. The list used to have 100 commission free ETFs and now it ...

Personal Finance

  • October 14, 2017
  • by Emily

Using the Income and Spending Simulator to Meet Your Financial Independence Goals

If you’re interested in FIRE (financial independence / retire early) you need to try this simulator. This walk through details my own personal finances as a single mother currently living abroad.

Personal Finance

  • September 30, 2017
  • by Emily

How to Improve Your Credit

Having a good credit score will save you money every time you try to take out a loan, whether it is for a car, a mortgage or to start a business. Getting and maintaining a ...

Personal Finance

  • September 2, 2017
  • by Emily

How Much Is "Enough" for Retirement?

It primarily depends on your expenses and how long you live. The more frugal you are, the less you need in savings. Calculators and in depth analysis included here.

Family and Finances, Personal Finance