Six years ago, I decided to go credit card free. I had gone through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University where the credit card was labeled as the enemy of financial freedom. Since Mr. Ramsey’s advice had helped me in so many other areas of my financial life, like paying off our debt and getting proper insurance coverage, I thought avoiding credit cards completely was the smart way to go.
Last month, I laid down a challenge for my Marriage, Kids and Money friends to get their last will and testament in place. Since my wife and I had gotten our wills set up last year, my end of the challenge was to investigate if my family needed a living trust.
Here is what I learned:
One sign of hope coming out of the huge student loan crisis lately is that parents are starting to save more for future college expenses. According to Fidelity in 2016, families saving for college has increased from 58% to 72% over the past 10 years. With the cost of college increasing steadily, the more savings we have, the better prepared we’ll all be as parents.
It is the first Monday of the month my friends! That means, we’re throwing down another MKM Challenge. For you “personal challenge types” out there (like me), this can be a lot of fun and, if you stick to it, quite rewarding.
The cost of college is completely out of control. Every year, the cost to attend a 4-year university increases by twice the inflation rate. To put it in some more personal terms, by the time my 5-year old little girl goes to undergrad, we’ll need around $200,000 to make a 4-year in-state university a reality. Did I mention I have two kids?!
The home mortgage is quite often the largest expense in your typical annual budget. Since your mortgage eats up such a huge chunk of your monthly income, completely ridding yourself of it could be quite freeing.
My wife Nicole and I completely agree with this sentiment of mortgage freedom. We’re just not interested in having a mortgage anymore. So, we’re getting rid of it.