Why You Should Track Your Net Worth (And How To Do It Easily)

Have you ever taken the time to calculate your net worth?

It’s something that most people have never done despite it being one of the most important financial numbers. It doesn’t matter how young or old you are or whether you consider yourself rich, poor or somewhere in between.

It’s fairly simple to figure out your net worth. If you haven’t done it yet, let’s walk through why it’s important and the best way to calculate it.

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14 Money Goals to Accomplish Before You Turn 40

Our question of the month comes in from Anonymous from Cleveland:

Hi Andy,

I just finished reading an article of yours about paying off your mortgage early. Congratulations on that. I have a 30-year mortgage and I’m not sure if I want to pay it off, but it got me thinking about where I should be with my financial goals.

I’m 35, married, two kids. I want to make sure I’m on track.

What financial goals should I have checked off my list by the time I turn 40?

Do you have any articles on that?

Thanks,

Anonymous

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5 Term Life Insurance Providers That Make the Process Easy

Are you overwhelmed by the thought of buying life insurance? You’re not alone. With so many options to pick from, it can be hard to choose. Back in the day, purchasing life insurance meant meeting with a salesperson to get a quote and often required a complicated medical exam. Luckily, you have better options that your grandparents did.

Here are 5 providers of term life insurance that are making it easier than ever to get the coverage you need.

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How “No Spend Challenges” Helped One Woman Eliminate $78,000 of Debt – with Jen Smith

With nearly 80% of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, most of us could use some help with saving a bit more.

Our guest today, Jen Smith, is going to show us how. Jen and her husband paid off $78,000 of debt in just under two years. A huge factor in their success was taking advantage of “No Spend Challenges”.

These challenges encourage you to halt all “personal spending” for a set period of time. This cold turkey approach could be an excellent solution for a large population of our country right now.

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Why It’s Okay to Have a Credit Card When You’re Debt Free

Our second question of the month comes in from Amanda from Cleveland!

Hi! I had a question about credit cards and travel rewards.

My husband and I have no credit cards and we’ve paid off all of our debt except our mortgage. We’re looking to go to Hawaii for our 10-year anniversary and didn’t know if there was a credit card that we should sign up for to help us redeem more travel rewards.

We’re also not sure if getting a credit card is a good thing to do since we haven’t had them for a while.

Should we get a new credit card for the rewards or just pay with cash?

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15 Ways to Save More Money When You’re Living Paycheck to Paycheck

Our question of the month comes in from Anonymous … we’ll just call her Jane Dough:

Andy! Help!

We make $120,000 per year, but we spend nearly all of it. We want to get rid of our student loans, but there’s just no money left at the end of the month. And retirement … we’re so behind.

We’re married, we have one kid and another on the way. Daycare is crazy expensive. We want to fix our money situation, but don’t know where we can save money.

What can we do to save more money?

Jane

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Sinking Funds: The Secret to a Successful Budget

Hello all! Andy Hill here …  We have a new guest post from personal finance writer Amy Beardsley from Early Morning Money. Amy is a self-described money geek that is obsessed with simplifying money and breaking free from the burden of debt. Her article below shares why we all need sinking funds in our budgets to help us create that freedom we desire. Enjoy!

When it comes to your family’s finances, you already know you need an emergency fund to protect you from a job layoff or major medical illness. But what about all of those little expenses that come up year after year, like car insurance, Christmas, or your annual family vacation?

That’s what sinking funds are for, and they’re the secret to a successful budget.

When money is tight, or you’re working on a big debt-payoff goal, covering all of your expenses is key to making it work. With sinking funds, you can easily stick to your budget even when faced with costs that don’t come up that often. Here’s how to get started.

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Over $100,000 of Debt Destroyed on a Teacher’s Salary – with Allison Baggerly

For some people, their pile of debt can feel so huge that paying it off just feels like fiction. It feels impossible. It feels overwhelming.

Well today, I’ve invited someone on the show who felt the same exact way, but then she took action and won the battle against her debt.

Allison Baggerly and her husband partnered together to pay off $111,000 of debt in 4 ½ years. They completed this difficult feat on two teacher’s salaries with two little kids at home. In our interview, she’s going to share with us how she did it.

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With a New Baby, How Do We Prepare Financially?

Our question of the month comes in from Stephen:

Hey Andy!

My wife and I are expecting our first child this year, so it will be a true test on how we work around the new costs we will be accruing. I am on pace to pay off a student loan in 3 years and I don’t want to break that. We max out our 401k and we pay extra on our mortgage and my student loan each month.

I don’t want to lose this momentum we have — we both promised ourselves we would never decrease our 401k contributions because we value investing in our future too much. I guess I’m divulging all of this to ask …

What do you advise so I don’t lose momentum when the baby comes?

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