- Even if you weren’t a math major, you need basic computational skills and an understanding of compound interest, inflation, amortization and taxes to be a financially responsible adult.
- As discussed in a previous post, the Rule of 72 is a powerful shorthand way of calculating how many years it will take an investment (or debt) to double.
- Don’t forget to factor in the drag of taxes and inflation on every important money decision you make.
- With each succeeding generation, the educational and career expectations increase. This delays the start of marriage, family and home ownership.
- Nearly half of 20- to 29-year-olds have debt today, compared to just 17 percent of 20-somethings who had debt in the 1980s.
- Long-term coddling by parents, colleges and society isn’t helping young adults move faster to financial independence.
- Achieving financial independence isn’t only about money and careers; it’s a shift in one’s mind-set.
- Not having a budget is one of the leading causes of financial stress.
- Good budgeting comes down to having a handle on your income coming in and your expenses going out.
- I have three simple but powerful rules for budgeting (see below and related video above).
- Owning a home gives you great peace of mind, but it comes with a lot more responsibility than renting.
- Budget 1 percent of your home’s value each year for routine maintenance.
- Using a rent versus buy calculator is a good start, but it won’t account for the emotional satisfaction (or stress) of being a homeowner.