David Lerner Associates : Budgeting
Why Write a Business Plan
Writing a business plan doesn't have to take months, compiling pages and pages of text. You can create a plan in under a month, working at your own pace. Use a presentation format like PowerPoint or Keynote to save time, and make it easier to share.
A Savings Crisis in America
Take a look at your savings account. If you were hit with an unexpected expense of $500 or $1000, would you be able to pay it?
The Number One Rule for Personal Finance
There is growing concern that Americans are in the midst of a savings crisis. The statistics are more than mildly concerning. Most Americans don't have enough savings to withstand a $500 emergency.
Top 3 Reasons Why You're Failing at Saving Money
Americans are in the midst of a savings crisis. A massive 63% of Americans don't have enough savings to withstand a $500 emergency. Even more concerning is that there is a growing percentage of Americans with no savings at all.
Raising Financial Literacy
While one might be forgiven for thinking that a lack of financial literacy is exclusively a problem with young people and students, 41% of adults gave themselves a grade of C, D, or F regarding their knowledge of personal finance.
How to Eliminate Credit Card Debt
Being saddled with credit card is never a good thing, especially when you're only paying your minimums, hardly touching your principal, and just getting by every month.
How to Prevent Money from Ruining Your Marriage
Sharing finances with a partner comes with a lot of issues; mutual trust, respect, self-worth, etc. These are all areas that, if damaged even slightly, can lead to upset and tear the fabric of a marriage apart.
How Much Money Do You Need To Retire
Despite many Americans being stressed about the idea of retirement, a full one third of us aren't saving for retirement at all, and many don't have any idea of how much they'll need to fund their golden years.
Savings Goals for the New Year
There is no convincing argument for not saving your money. Most people will agree that saving (whether for retirement or any other reason) is an excellent idea, and it should be done.
End of Year Financial Advice
2016 has been a wild year, arguably one of the more interesting years we've seen in recent history. And as the year winds to a close, there are some things to take note of and tie a bow on your financial concerns.
Holiday Season and Credit Card Mistakes
With the holidays upon us it is always tempting to take advantage of those specials being offered by stores this time of year but without some good sense monitoring your credit card activity there are some dangerous blunders that can be made.
How to Avoid a Retirement Shock
More than half of Americans lose sleep thinking about retirement. This is mainly because they face the uncertainty of what lies in the great unknown across the River Retirement. Studies show that people who are confident about their retirement have a clear goal and vision for their future.
Why Should You Have a Financial Plan?
October is Financial Planning Month and your attention should be firmly on your finances. The fact of the matter is that Americans are not doing enough when it comes to planning their finances.
Lessons Boomers Could Learn From Millennials
There is a tendency of older, wiser folk to dismiss the views of a younger generation. However, Millennials may be able to teach Boomers some valuable lessons about how to manage money.
Reaching Goals of Financial Success
Saving for retirement, taking care of one's family, eating healthier, exercising more - these are goals that a lot of people have. Sometimes it's difficult to achieve those goals when temptations lead us astray. We want to save for retirement, but then we conveniently forget our budget constraints when making a purchase.
5 Top Finance Tips No Matter Your Age
Whether you are in college or even about to retire, there are a few things that you should be doing to make sure you are financially safe and secure. The following pointers are things that can be done by anyone who wants to make sure that they have control of their finances, both in the present and looking towards the future.
Financial Planning for Retirement
The average retirement age is somewhere between 62 and 65. In order to retire by 65, you will likely need to have accumulated a sizable nest egg by the time you reach your 60s.
3 Steps to Eliminate Credit Card Debt
When it comes to debt, it can be debated whether there is such a thing as "good" or "bad" debt. Either way, eliminating credit card debt is always a good idea. Consider these three steps for getting out of credit card debt.
Financial Lessons for College Students
Almost 2 million students are expected to graduate this year, and according to some reports they'll be entering a very positive job market. Along with many other freedoms graduates will experience once they end their school career, they will also have to manage their own finances, probably for the first time.
How to Manage Credit Card Debt
American Credit Card Debt Statistics now show that the average American household debt is over $5,500. The average for balance-carrying households is over $16,000 with a total outstanding U.S. consumer debt of $3.4 trillion.
How to Simplify Your Finances
Simplifying your finances is an activity that we could all benefit from. In a Pew Trusts study, it was revealed that 1 in 5 Americans say that they are not planning for retirement.
Finance tips for Small Business
Being an entrepreneur can be a stressful and challenging endeavor but also incredibly exciting and rewarding. There is no end to the many financial, legal, staffing, marketing, and customer issues that will come up as you launch your business.
College Students Personal Finance Grade a C or Worse
In a LendEDU study of 455 college students, 59% rated their ability to manage their money and their finances at a C grade or worse. The survey posed 25 questions to the students, covering how they felt about their financial knowledge to spending habits, budgeting, and saving.
Financial Planning Tips for Recent Graduates
As proud families celebrate and relieved graduates get ready to enter the workplace, new financial concerns take precedence. Now it's no longer about how to pay for their education, it's whether they'll get a job and how they'll manage on their own.
Springtime for Savings
Spring is traditionally a time for dusting off the cobwebs, cleaning out the garage, and infusing new life into your home. Why not take this opportunity to take stock of your "financial home" and make some smart springtime moves that could save you money?
David Lerner Associates: Financial Wellness Basics
Ask one hundred people, and you're sure to find that the great majority of them would agree. We all want more stable finances. We all want what is now being referred to as "Financial Wellness." We aren't talking about the difference between wealth and poverty here. We aren't talking about hand-to-mouth versus upper affluent income brackets. We're talking about a quality of life and a healthy financial life.
How to Establish or Increase a Cash Reserve
Cutting back on discretionary spending can help you establish a cash reserve goal sooner and will form a habit that serves you well in future years.
David Lerner Associates: Raising Capital for Your Business
Every entrepreneur knows that adequate financing is vital to the success of a business. Failure to acquire adequate funding often determines whether a business can get off the ground, not to mention whether it can sustain itself into the future
David Lerner Associates: Speaking to your aging parents about their finances
Speaking to your parents about money is usually complicated, particularly when the money you're talking about is theirs. Here are some tips to help you through this process.
David Lerner Associates: Setting and Prioritizing Your Budget Goals
Without clear budget goals your financial life may remain in disarray. Your budget goals help you turn your financial wish list into an action strategy.
Save More Money By Wasting Less
As the jobless rate remains historically high and the economic recovery uncertain, many Americans are watching their personal finances more closely than ever and looking for every opportunity they can find to save money and reduce their expenses.
Budgeting Basics: Establishing a Household Budget
This is the second in a series of articles discussing financial literacy and what this means for Americans in the 21st century
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