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Retirement Isn't All About Income

Most people I talk to about retirement are primarily concerned with retirement income, and justifiably so, since many want to retire in the near future. I believe that we get too focused on the income aspect of retirement versus the expenses side of retirement. If you want flexibility in retirement, you first need to gain control of your expenses before worrying about your income.

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Credit Card Debt and a Good TSP Loan

I wrote a previous article that discussed reasons not to take a Thrift Savings Plan (or 401k) loan. Even though I am generally against taking a loan from your retirement plan, there are times when it can make sense. There are many reasons not to take a loan, but I will refer you back to my previous article for those reasons. Justification of a TSP loan calls for a dire situation, such as high credit card debt.

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Stop Cleaning Your Car

Fast forward many years later, and I still have a tendency to do things myself. The main reason I clean my own cars, wax my cars, clean the house, and do the yard work is because I’m tight (or frugal, to put it politely). I don’t like the idea of paying others to do something that I am able to do.

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Lifestyle Creep

One of the biggest obstacles to accumulating wealth is what I call Lifestyle Creep. Lifestyle Creep can delay retirement, financial stability, and financial independence. At its worst, lifestyle creep can drive families into large amounts of debt that they will spend decades climbing out of. Others have referred to it as lifestyle drift or lifestyle inflation.

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Save Money on Life Insurance by Layering

Layering your life insurance involves getting multiple term policies to cover different time periods. The thought behind is that you won’t need the same amount of death benefit for a 20 or 30 year time period, but will need less insurance as you get older. Layering your insurance could mean having 3-4 different policies with terms of 10, 15, 20, or 30 years.

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Why You Should Consider Paying Cash For Your Vehicles

The majority of people I know don’t even consider paying cash for a vehicle, they only consider how much their monthly payment will be. In fact, many people don’t even know how much they pay for their vehicle, only what their monthly payment is. In the next couple paragraphs I am going to tell you why I believe most people would be better off paying cash instead of getting loans.

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The Real Cost of That Free Dinner

Almost everyone has been invited, at some point in their lives, to a ‘free dinner’ while they listen to some kind of product presentation. One of the most common sales pitches given at these ‘free dinners’ are to buy some kind of financial product.

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