Category Archives: Saving

We’re “Official.” Now What?

Dear Alicia, We’re getting married soon and are wondering if there are any particular financial steps we should take once we’re “official?” -Ned and Nancy the Newlyweds Congrats Ned and Nancy! Getting married is an exciting and hectic time. Here are the financial steps you should be taking once you are “official.” Goals Start by discussing your financial goals now and in the future. Do you want to buy a home, start planning for a baby, or create an emergencyRead More

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Ask Linda: Pre-tax versus Post-tax savings

Dear Linda, Should I save to my pre-tax 401k at work or my Roth IRA? I cannot fully fund both. Sincerely, Super Saver Dear Super Saver, To determine which account you should save to, calculate your tax rate today versus your projected rate in retirement. In general, Roth contributions are made with after-tax dollars and distributed tax-free. The 401k is the opposite – contributions are made with pre-tax dollars and distributions are taxed at ordinary income rates. If you areRead More

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Can’t get yourself FIREd? You can still have a LIFE.

FIRE stands for financially independent, retire early. The movement continues to grow, with retirees in their 20’s through 40’s. It has caught on because it is unexpected – we don’t picture retirees being so young. Yet it is entirely possible and there is an ever-growing number of blogs and books that prove it. The typical profile of someone who has achieved FIRE: Graduated from college with very little or no student loan debt Earned $100,000+ per year with benefits SavedRead More

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PWR’s Cash Flow System

To take control of your financial life, you have to be organized, and the most effective tool for this is a budget. We created the PWR Cash Flow System to help our clients and readers get started with an easy-to-use solution to track their spending. Start by downloading the excel found here on our downloads page. You can also watch a video on how to use this sheet on our YouTube page. The excel file has three tabs shown atRead More

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How to Set Your Perfect Wedding Budget

The national average cost of a wedding is $33,391 (excluding the honeymoon), and in LA the average price is $44,142. (Source: theknot.com) Planning a wedding is a rabbit hole of expenses that can quickly spiral, often leaving other financial goals by the wayside. If you don’t set a clear path for how your wedding budget fits into your entire financial picture, it is easy to establish a larger wedding budget than your future life can afford. There is a perfectRead More

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Ask Linda: What should I do with this unexpected bonus?

Dear Linda, I will be receiving an unexpected bonus shortly. I want to make sure I am smart with the money and have a plan in place for what I am going to do with it. Any ideas? Sincerely, Lucky Lady Dear Lucky Lady, Your question is a common one we receive around this time of year as companies complete their prior-year reporting and issue bonuses. You are wise to create a strategy before spending the bonus. Without knowing theRead More

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