Back Off, I’ll Mind My Own Savings Rate

Let’s Talk About Savings Rates

If you read enough personal finance articles, you will soon come across the concept of a “savings rate.” This makes perfect sense. Your savings rate may be the most important factor to building wealth and becoming financially independent. Articles pushing you to increase your savings rate make sense. But sometimes, I find the messaging too aggressive for my tastes. To those who shame their readers into saving more, I say: back off, I’ll mind my own savings rate.

Savings Rate
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The Winning Gathering (2-8-18)

The Winning Gathering is a roundup of posts from around the Internet that I feel compelled to share with you. Most cover topics similar to those I usually write about. Usually, they’ll have a different twist or level of depth than I’ve discussed before. I’ll also include any posts I’ve written that were published in a different corner of the web.

Skiing in Snowbird

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Should You Pay Off Debt or Invest? (It’s Obvious!)

When I started this blog, I emailed the first post to a handful of friends and family. I asked if there were any personal finance topics they wanted me to cover. There was just one topic requested by more than one person and it impacts most of us. The question is: should you use extra money to pay off debt or invest?

Pay Off Debt or Invest

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3 Steps to Improve Your (Financial) Health In 2018

One of my most loyal readers requested I write this post. And when she suggested it, the topic became a top priority. Thanks again to everyone out there for reading and sharing my posts. Having people I know in real life – along with those of you I don’t know personally – read my stuff feels amazing. I hope this list of three steps to improve your financial health helps you start the year off on the right foot!

Financial Health

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What Will They Say at Your Funeral?

I recently attended a funeral. But unlike most, this funeral wasn’t a somber event. In fact, it was more like a tribute since the deceased lived a long and fulfilled life, and it felt like a celebration of the person. As these things tend to do, it got me thinking about my own life.  Two specific questions came to mind:

  1. If I passed away today, what would be the highlights of my eulogy?
  2. How would they differ from what I’d want them to be?

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The 9 Biggest Money Regrets of 2017

[I have something a little different for you today. My friends from down under at MOZO have offered to share their 9 biggest money regrets of 2017. I’m sure we can all relate to one or two or well…all these. Check them out!]

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As 2018 draws ever nearer, so does a fresh start for your finances. While nothing soothes the soul quite like a clean slate, it’s often handy to be able to look back on, and learn from, your own financial mistakes and mishaps. Let’s be honest, we’ve all made a few.

Piggy Bank

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My Wins and Losses From Buying a Condo at 24

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve always wanted to become financially independent (FI). I may not have known the term “FI,” but it’s always been my goal. With that in mind, I was focused on making effective financial decisions. At the top of my list: becoming a homeowner.  I heard that renting meant “throwing money away” (in reality this is not always true) and I never wanted to do that. Here’s the story tallying up my wins and losses from buying a condo at 24.

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The view from my former neighborhood

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My 7 Most Regrettable Financial Decisions

There are a whole bunch of bloggers talking about their biggest financial mistakes on the magnificent web of information. I think this is a fantastic exercise because we can learn so much from these errors. Since you are reading Winning Personal Finance, I of course haven’t made any mistakes (cough cough). Luckily, I’ve avoided some of the big ones like consumer debt, high investment fees and not saving at all.  Unfortunately, my financial life has not been perfectly streamlined. Without further ado, here are my 7 most regrettable financial decisions and more.

Regrettable Financial Decisions

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Chasing Financial Independence is NOT About Sacrifice

Chasing Financial Independence is NOT About SacrificeOne of the responses I received from “How Much Do You Need to Retire?” was that chasing financial independence is about making sacrifices. The logic behind this comment was that anything you save today is a “sacrifice” because you are not spending that money. I have a different view. Chasing financial independence is not about sacrifice, it’s about prioritization, intentionality and focus. Continue reading “Chasing Financial Independence is NOT About Sacrifice”