Automatic investing can be a great way to save time, get the advantage of dollar-cost averaging, and grow your wealth the easy way! Here’s how to set up automatic investing at online brokers like Vanguard and Schwab (updated for 2020)!
We haven’t had a Tales from the Wallet in too long — today, let’s talk about what kind of investments you prefer, how you research and buy them, and general investing theory and resources. Specific questions for today: How comfortable are you investing your money (beginner, expert, or somewhere in the middle)? Do you invest … Read More about Tales from the Wallet: Do You Invest in Stocks or Index Funds (or Other)?
I asked the Corporette FB group a while ago what financial resources people were loving, and a reader suggested we do a post on the FIRE movement — financial independence/retire early — so I asked Rebecca Berfanger to round up some great resources on the movement for beginners! Readers, have you considered retiring early as … Read More about The 411 On FIRE: Financial Independence/Retire Early
2018 Update: We still think this is a great roundup of the best financial books for beginners, but you may also want to check out our recent discussion on whether to invest in stocks or index funds. It’s been YEARS since we’ve talked about the best personal finance books for newbies, so we figured today we’d discuss … Read More about The Best Financial Books for Beginners
We’ve talked in the past about emergency funds — particularly where they fit in a money roadmap and where you should stash the cash you’re saving for an emergency fund — but here’s something we haven’t talked about: when is it ok to dip into your emergency fund? How big of a deal is it to … Read More about Tales from the Wallet: When to Dip Into Your Emergency Fund
Everyone knows saving for retirement is a priority, because retirement is important and compound interest is powerful — but are the tax savings for retirement accounts so great that you should use them to save extra cash, too, such as for a hypothetical future home purchase? When I was in my late 20s — unmarried, … Read More about Cash Savings vs. Retirement Savings Accounts: Where to Stash Your Money When You’re Unsure What You’re Saving For
Today’s topic in Tales from the Wallet: do you set financial goals for the year? I started setting explicit financial goals when I left my cushy BigLaw job a few years ago — I had been so comfortable there that I could easily move every other paycheck to an interest-bearing money market fund, and then … Read More about How to Set Financial Goals for the Year
2018 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to react to a stock market drop, but you may also want to check out our recent discussion about whether you invest in stocks or index funds. Do you know what to do with your investments when the stock market takes a dive — how to … Read More about Tales from the Wallet: How to React to a Stock Market Drop
How do you prevent “frugal fatigue,” also sometimes called “savings burnout”? It’s that feeling that you’ve been scrimping and saving and you have no money and the debts are still there and you’re not getting anywhere and dammit you just want to not think about it and buy what you want for a little while? I know readers have talked … Read More about Tales from the Wallet: What to Do When You’re Facing “Frugal Fatigue”
Ladies, we have a bit more than a month before (dunh dunh dunh) Tax Day. Are you done with filing taxes? (And, who is doing them?) Are you stressed about them? Are you looking forward to a refund? Are you nervous about how much you’re going to have to pay? For my $.02, I’m just starting to … Read More about Stressed About Filing Taxes?
Ladies, how much do you save for retirement? Why do you do it? There was an interesting commenter thread about feeling saving burnout and wanting to splurge a little — do you count retirement savings as something you can cut back on, absent a strong need? We’ve talked about how much to save for retirement, what kind … Read More about Tales from the Wallet: Retirement Savings
It’s the New Year, and I heard a lot of chatter among commenters about when they should be paying down debt vs. saving. It’s a huge question, and we’ve talked about some related things (like how to pay off huge student loans and live within your means), but we haven’t talked about when to save vs. when … Read More about Tales from the Wallet: Paying Down Debt vs. Saving