Archives for February 2015

The Three Different Kinds of Debt and How to Avoid Them

Being overwhelmed by finances is never good, but we all know the feeling. Creating a budget is a good place to start, but if you don’t know the truth about different kinds of debt it will be hard to know what you’re getting into. Before you get in debt, you should know what types there are and how to avoid them if possible.

Improving Your Home’s Value

Buying a home is probably the largest purchase you will ever make. Home ownership can be one of the most valuable investments or one of the biggest liabilities you will ever have. So it’s important that you really consider every aspect before buying, so that once it’s yours, it becomes a great asset for you and your family. Obviously you want your property to build equity over the years so when you decide to sell, there will be a profit.

Can a Double-wide Save Your Retirement?

Retirement is actually a fairly recent invention. In ancient times people didn’t often live long enough to retire and those that did were often unable to accumulate enough savings to live on and thus simply relied on their children to support them while also continuing to contribute to the family to the best of their ability. There were several attempts to establish a government pension including one established during the Revolutionary war and although the states were responsible for making payments, they fulfilled their obligation to only 3,000 disabled veterans. Private pensions however, got their start during WWII. During the war, the National War Labor Board froze wages in an effort to prevent (i.e. to mask) inflation. But simultaneously there was a massive shortage of workers due to the war effort so companies offered other benefits like the defined benefit pension plan to woo workers.

But then in the 1960’s and 70’s massive stock market gains made some companies believe that their pension plans were “over-funded” so they began raiding their pension plans but then the stock market took back the gains and the plans were underfunded so companies began switching to individual IRA’s and 401k plans. So then people were no longer guaranteed a secure retirement since it now depended on your individual contribution, as well as the company portion. Today Dennis Miller will look at some alternatives to save your retirement.

Finishing Your Basement and How to Keep the Cost Down

Unless you have unlimited funds it is always necessary to “count the cost” before beginning a major project like finishing your basement. The key of course is to know where you can and where you can’t “cut corners”. Whether you do all the construction work yourself or hire help costs can really add up. Here are a few steps to help keep costs down and still be able to have a basement that is beautiful, and a wallet that is just as full.