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We are here to help you improve your money management skills.  That could mean helping you get out of debt, invest, make money, save money, or plan for retirement. With over twenty years of experience in finance, budgeting, financial planning and investment advice, we've learned that almost anyone can improve their financial position by following a simple set of rules and by sticking to those rules. Indeed, by taking the financial advice we offer on this site, and by looking closely at your lifestyle choices and personal finances in a new way, the way we describe on this website, you have a significant chance of building wealth, saving money and of succeeding financially.  Our site is organized by specific categories so that you can focus on one financial advice topic at a time.  We recommend starting with the financial rules of wealth management and then browsing the other topics for help with any other financial topics you desire.  We've laid out below the goal of our website and a summary of each major topic of advice that we provide.

Our Goal Is To Give You Personal Financial Help

Our goal is to teach and explain the fundamental rules of money, wealth and debt management, but more importantly to teach you a new way to look at your spending, saving, investing and debt management decisions so that you can make intelligent, informed and calculated decisions as to how to optimize and manage your money and debt. And remember, it's your money and you make the decisions. Mismanaging your money is equivalent to throwing it away so if you can learn to make the right decisions and continue to do so for the rest of your life, you should be able to provide financial help for yourself, get out of debt and find financial freedom quicker than anyone else in your situation.  Get started by using all of the financial help on our site, which we've organized into specific financial categories including the rules of wealth management, household budgeting, ways to save money, investing advice, and financial advice on retirement planning.

Start By Learning The Rules of Financial Management

To help you get where you want, we’ve organized the financial advice and knowledge that we've learned over the years into a set of guidelines that we refer to as "The Rules of Financial Management". These rules are a combination of basic financial concepts taught in business school, and real world knowledge that comes from years of financial experience. If you really want to get out of debt and build your long term wealth, then you'll  need to incorporate these wealth management techniques into your everyday routine and into your way of thinking. We recommend you start your path to financial freedom by reading and learning these rules of financial management.  Our rules include how to have realistic expectations, live below your means, stay out of credit card debt, keep good credit, understand opportunity costs, effectively use interest compounding, learn the time value of money, take appropriate financial risks, prioritize your investments, diversify your wealth, and find more ways to save money.

Create Your Household Budget

The most effective way to get financial help is to really understand your own personal finances.  The best way to achieve this is to thoroughly analyze your daily and monthly spending habits and to create a budget.  A budget is basically your own income statement and it not only helps you measure and quantify your expenses, but it is also essential in understanding your finances.  To that end, we've created some free household budget templates and have written instructions on how to collect, analyze, create and improve your household budget.  The budgeting process requires a lot of financial discipline and you can expect to get out of it what effort you put into it.  Our budgeting section includes help creating your own personal or household budget, a free excel budget worksheet, an online budget template, advice on family budgeting, some tips on managing money and marriage, and a list of income and expense items to include on any household budget.

Find New Ways to Save Money

Saving money is a never ending process that takes a lot of creativity and financial discipline.  From big monthly expenses to small, everyday items, we've got financial advice on how to save money on almost everything.  Your quest to improve your finances is an ongoing process that takes years of discipline and creative thinking about ways to lower your expenses use the savings to pay down debt and invest in your future.  Start with big ticket items such as your mortgage and insurance, and then find ways to save on everything else.  Our section on saving money includes a big list of hundreds of ways to save money, dozens of articles on specific money saving tips, and lots of ideas to help you find more unique and creative ways to save your money.  Use our resources to get started and then use the ideas generated to find more ideas that apply directly to your life.  The money saving tips cover such specific areas as how to stop wasting money, make more money, and save money on gas, software, clothing, health insurance, cleaning, laundry, landscaping, remodeling, health care, energy, food, tv and kids.  We also have some advice on how to make more money and how to teach your kids to save.

Learn About the Stock Market

Our financial advice wouldn't be complete without a look into how the stock market works.  The stock market may seem very mysterious if you've never really paid attention to it, or if you haven't learned enough about it to make a few investments of your own, but don't let the fear of the unknown keep you from using the stock market to make investments that will fuel your savings and build your retirement nest egg.  That is why, with a beginning investor in mind, we've written several articles and a beginners guide about investing.  Once you've got your budget in order and have started saving money, you'll need help learning how to invest that money. Investing in the stock market is something that is really quite easy and with a little bit of research and financial discipline you can start your own portfolio and begin building the wealth that you'll need to retire.  Our investing advice covers how the stock market works, how beginners can learn to invest, unique ways to invest your money, advice on real estate investing, penny stocks, and whether savings bonds are worth it.

Start Saving and Planning for Your Retirement

Finally, the end goal of any site offering financial advice is to make sure that you are financially ready for retirement, and hopefully, ready to retire early.  We offer lots of help on retirement planning, including financial help on 401k plans, withdrawals during retirement, how to maximize tax benefits, and how to calculate how much money you'll need to retire early.  Our articles are filled with tables that help you calculate your retirement goals, and we offer a free retirement spreadsheet template that you can download and use to help you plan for retirement.  Indeed, retirement planning isn't something that is done when you are 60 years old, retirement planning should be factored in to all of your savings and investment decisions throughout your entire life.  If you haven't started planning for retirement yet, then now is the time to start. Our retirement planning advice covers such areas as the rules of 401ks, 401k withdrawals and early withdrawals, required minimum distributions, life insurance, and how much money you need to retire early which includes a free retirement calculator spreadsheet