Category - Budgeting

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How to Make Room for Your Passion in Your Life and Your Budget
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The Business of Being an Artist
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Why Your Retirement Is More Important Than Saving for College
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Invest Your Health Savings Account For Appreciation
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Budgeting for Coffee Sucks, Try This Instead

How to Make Room for Your Passion in Your Life and Your Budget

Most of us have something that we absolutely love to do — and it’s usually a passion that allows us to express ourselves and our creative sides. Whether it’s music, art, writing, volunteering, or consistently picking up something novel and learning something new, we all have a passion or two that’s important to us.

But as you’ve probably noticed, life often gets in the way of that passion.

Why don’t we do what we love more often? In most cases, there are two major roadblocks that get in the way of pursuing your passion: time and money

If you want

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The Business of Being an Artist

The Business of Being an Artist

The image of the starving artist has prevailed too long. Financial stress does not usually enhance creativity in the arts.

The real lifestyles of rich artists would get very low television ratings. They are frugal to the point of being miserly, but they are also willing to take risks by investing their wealth in the markets, their businesses, and themselves.

Financial planning is simply doing what it takes to give you the means to do what you want. The poorer you are the more you need financial planning. You don’t have any margin for mistakes.

For those working in the …

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Why Your Retirement Is More Important Than Saving for College

Yes, it sounds harsh. But this is an important financial reality to understand: you should prioritize your retirement savings over saving for your kids’ college expenses.

This isn’t about loving your kids less. It’s about knowing how to prioritize your financial goals in the best possible way for both your sake and theirs.

And remember, putting your retirement needs ahead of saving for college doesn’t mean indefinitely choosing one over the other. You can balance both these competing goals and fund each at the same time.

Here’s why your retirement savings is that important — and how you can balance …

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Invest Your Health Savings Account For Appreciation

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) were just beginning to rise in popularity when Obamacare was introduced. Whether you believe in a right to healthcare or not, the Affordable Care Act made it much more expensive. The propaganda about it lowering costs has been proved false by the objective rise in premiums since its passage. In order to keep healthcare costs from rising, consumers have to have some skin in the game. For that reason, HSAs are part of every proposed replacement to Obamacare.

According to the “2016 Midyear Devenir HSA Research Report,” HSA account balances continue …

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Budgeting for Coffee Sucks, Try This Instead

Trying to cut back on your spending gets tedious when you focus on minute details. Yes, it’s important to track every dollar — but to feel anxious about spending on small purchases that you value because you’re trying to save more and spend less? That can quickly lead to budget burnout.

Preparing for and responsibly purchasing big-ticket items (from a laptop to a car to a house) is much more important than counting every last penny. Think about it. Does it make sense to stress over buying a coffee or spending an extra $1.99 to add guacamole but to have

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