Paying off your mortgage early really doesn’t make financial sense. Your mortgage interest rate is probably lower than the rate of return you could earn on investments, which means you’ll likely end up with less money by prepaying your mortgage than you would’ve if you’d taken that cash and invested it. Because of the opportunity
A high mortgage payment can account for a large amount of your income, leaving you with very little to cover the rest of your regular living expenses. As a general rule of thumb, we recommend trying to keep your mortgage costs low, preferably under 30% of your take-home income. If you’re wondering how to lower
Sarah and I welcomed our first child into the world in 2005, not too long before the launch of The Simple Dollar. Since then, we’ve been on this shared journey called “parenting,” and as our firstborn has grown older and we’ve added two more children to the mix, the challenges have grown and changed. In
How do you plan to fund your children’s education? You’re probably counting on scholarships and grants, right? Reliance on scholarships and grants is the highest in a decade, while college savings is on the decline, according to a new report from Sallie Mae. Savings covers less than one-quarter of collegiate funding for the typical family.
For a tax-conscious investor, finding tax-efficient investments is the key to successfully saving for retirement. Not everyone thinks about the tax consequences on their investments and trusts that their financial advisers will be knowledgeable before making a recommendation. Often, it is a challenge for advisers to educate themselves on all of the tax laws that
Recently, The Atlantic published a tremendously powerful article by Alana Semuels entitled This Is What Life Without Retirement Savings Looks Like, which is well worth reading for anyone who is hedging their bets on the question of whether to save for retirement at all or whether to save more for retirement. It opens with the