Lately, there have been a lot of articles written about millennials. Some have hit pretty close to home for me, seeing that I am a millennial. But I decided to dig a little deeper to see what exactly the future may hold for me when I finally finish my bachelor’s degree at the University of Oregon. I was startled by the price of homes around the Pacific Northwest, my desired region to live in. Sadly, this will cause not only myself, but many other millennials, to rent an apartment. After a while of thinking about the demand shock that this will likely cause, it started to beg the question: Will millennials cause a little deflation in the housing market?
Believe it or not, most people can start saving money with just one penny. The intuition is similar to Couch to 5K: Start with an insanely small amount and work your way up. Instead of nine weeks, this entire activity will take you a year to complete. If you follow the goals that I set for you, you will have saved over $1,700! The secret is simple: Literally start saving with just a penny. (more…)
It often concerns me when people don’t seem to understand something they should have learned about in high school such as writing a check, balancing a personal budget, and major differences between a bank and a credit union. Sarah Silverman explains why she left her bank for a credit union in a video for NowThis. Just when you thought you couldn’t politicize much more in America, the credit union has now fallen victim to it. There’s a lot of benefits to a credit union. I even advocate switching to them! There’s just one big problem: I don’t think Sarah Silverman or NowThis understand credit unions very well. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, here’s the video so you can see what I’m talking about.
How are you using your credit cards? Do they sit in your wallet, longing to see the sunlight? Or are you getting the most out of the benefits that come with them? A lot of people claim they have a credit card to “build credit” or “in case of an emergency,” but these are often fringe benefits to having them. What exactly are you missing out on?
Choosing the Right Cards
First, you should figure out what constitutes the “right card” for you. It depends on what you like, to be honest. Does it come with perks like cashback or other kinds of rewards? There are a lot of credit cards that have perks like the Target REDCard, where you get 5 percent off every purchase, or the Chevron Visa Card, which offers a slew of discounts on gasoline. You should research all of the options available to you and see if you can find a credit card offered by stores and locations you frequent.
Now that tax season is upon us, I’d like to ask you something: If you’re able to, do you currently have a plan for saving money? Whether or not you do, have you ever considered how much you should have in your savings account? There’s the 50/30/20 rule for budgeting as well as the 10% rule for retirement, but we’re not talking about methods for saving money. Instead of thinking how to save it, I want to get you thinking more about how much you should save.
Most of us are guilty of buying a product that was packaged a certain way out of convenience. The only problem is that it can be expensive to do that. Oftentimes, we go to the grocery store and think about how nice it is to be able to just grab a bunch of individually wrapped items and store them for easy access. Before you think, “Oh, how convenient,” read this and see just how inconvenient that thought really is.
Building credit with a credit card sounds like common sense, right? Get approved for a credit card, use it, then pay off the balance on time and never allow it to over your limit. Sounds simple, but it really isn’t. Many lack the self-discipline that it takes to actually do something like that. Instead of trying to find out how one could learn this kind of discipline, they just use their instincts, which usually ends poorly. There’s a better way to do this. Even if you don’t have much self-discipline, here are a few tips that will help you in the long run.