Jul

21.14

5 Ways to Make Saving a Family Affair

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Saving money can seem like a hard thing to do – especially if you’re just starting out. That’s why it’s important to start saving early. Showing children how to save for the things they want and need could teach them habits that will save them a lot of heartache in the future.

You can learn while you teach by making saving a family matter. Studies have shown that having someone to hold you accountable to your goals will help you stick to them when it gets hard to stay motivated. And what better partners are there than your family?!

Here are five tips for getting your family into the savings game:

  1. Make a family savings goal. Do you want to buy a new game system or take a trip to an amusement park? Whatever your goal is, decide on it together, and determine how much you’ll need to save to make it happen.
  2. Start small. Commit to saving all of your coins in a month – every single penny – and putting them into a family jar. At the end of the month, see how much you’ve saved and mark off how much further you need to go to get to the goal.
  3. Hold a yard sale and add the proceeds to the family fund. The kids can choose which of their items they’re willing to part with, too.
  4. Practice delayed gratification. Skip the movie theater this month and rent a movie instead. The savings could go into the family fund and teach kids that waiting until you’ve earned a reward is worth it!
  5. Remind yourself of the why. The excitement of a goal sometimes wanes as you get further away from the moment of inspiration. Put up reminders around the house so that your family can remember why they’re doing what they’re doing.

Remember that having a goal without a plan is just wishing. Put some action behind that wish! Download this worksheet to help your kids reach their savings goals. Your family could have a great time working together – and your children could learn great savings habits in the process!

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Jul

14.14

Raise Kids With Money Sense

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Everyone makes money mistakes. It’s part of life. However, helping your kids recognize potential potholes on the road to smart money management is a great place to start! And setting a good example is a way to teach a healthy respect for money over time.

Set an Example

Avoid the Pitfalls

Teach the Value: Teach your kids that money isn’t “free.” You have to work for it, and thus, are working for the things you purchase. Pay It Back: Get your kids used to paying back what they borrow early! By expecting them to return the “loan,” you’ll reinforce that money isn’t free. The same works in reverse. If you borrow money from your kids, pay them back – with interest.
Talk About It: Speak openly about money withyour kids. You don’t have to go into all the details of your family finances, but talking about how money works and how to use it wisely will go a long way. Teach Them Perspective: If you notice your kids aren’t willing to part with their money for anything (i.e. buying gifts or charity), explain that money itself isn’t valuable – it simply allows us to purchase the things we want or need.
Model Good Behavior: Pay yourself first. Overall personal savings in the U.S. is currently a very low 4%. If you want your kids to save, they’ve got to see you doing it too! (Source: www.bea.gov, May 30, 2014) Keep Track of It: Children should never have more cash on them than they need. It’s irreplaceable if lost or stolen. Try doling out allowances or other funds in smaller amounts, more frequently. Or set up a bank savings account to help them keep better track of their cash!

When you know more about money, it’s only right to pay that knowledge forward. Sharing your know-how with your children is a great way to ensure that they can avoid the money issues that keep so many people from living the lives of their dreams.

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Jul

07.14

In the Dark About Your Debt?

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Are thoughts about your debt keeping you up at night… or do you just push them out of your mind? If you try to avoid even thinking about your debt, it may be the first sign that you’re in trouble. Trying to ignore it just makes it worse! Denial may seem easier when you’re in too deep, but you’ll never make progress if you can’t confront the problem.

One study showed that American households underreported the magnitude of their credit card debts by at least one-third.1 The study noted that the discrepancy “could result from willful ignorance, as large credit card balances are not welcome information” or “from difficulty understanding the growth of credit card balances.”2

It’s one thing to know that you owe money, but it’s another to know exactly how much you owe and to whom. Compound interest works in your favor when you are building savings, but it works against you when you’re in debt. The fact that credit card debt is “revolving” – compounding daily instead of monthly – means you can pay much more interest and your debt can go on forever. This is how seemingly small debts can grow into large ones!

That’s one reason it’s so important for you to sit down and identify all your debt. Get your credit reports and scores to ensure you haven’t left anything off.

Of all the threats to your financial security, none is more dangerous than debt. Don’t you think it’s important to know exactly what you’re fighting?

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1. NYTimes.com, “How Much Do You Owe? Guess Again,” viewed 17 June, 2014
2. Ibid


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Jul

03.14

Primerica On Top 100 List

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Atlanta Business Chronicle’s annual ranking of the Top 100 Georgia-based, publicly traded companies posted recently, and Primerica was ranked number 37 based on revenue. Primerica made the list among many other well-known, respected national companies. Congratulations!

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Jun

30.14

4 Keys to Your Financial Future

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To get started on the path to wallet wellness, you often need to start small. But you can have fun in the process! As your new outlook becomes second nature, you can finally begin to focus on the four things that matter for your financial future:

1. Have an emergency fund.

This is your reserve fund in the event of an unforeseen emergency, job loss or an unexpected expense. A good rule of thumb: set a goal of having three to six months’ salary in your emergency fund. Every little bit helps! For example, saving $5 a week is the equivalent to giving up a latté.

2. Take control of your debt.

There’s often a connection between emergencies and debt, but that’s not the only reason people get into debt. Chronic consumer debt has become an epidemic on Main Street, and families now struggle more than ever to make ends meet. Debt is one of the biggest threats to your financial wellbeing. Take control by identifying your debt and learning how debt stacking can lead to freedom. They say you can eat an elephant – one bite at a time. The same concept works with paying off your debt!

3. Protect the things you love.

One of the most important expenditures a family makes is also one of the most misunderstood. In the event you can no longer provide for your family, it’s absolutely critical that you make the right decision when it comes to protecting the things you love. It’s hard to talk about the “worst-case scenario,” but being properly protected can have a huge impact on your family’s security and peace of mind. Don’t be afraid to ask the experts if you don’t understand! It’s better to find out now than to later wish you could go back in time and do it all over again.

4. Save for the future.

Finally, you want to think about your long-term savings. Your goal is to save for the future! There’s a high cost to waiting, so it pays to start early. Don’t get so focused on the future that you succumb to the “I can start tomorrow” attitude! According to experts, “The trick to making a savings plan stick is to think about small, specific things that can be repeated over time.”1 Time and consistency are two of the most powerful keys to achieving financial security.

By focusing on these four keys to your financial future, you can get started on the path to freedom and independence. The tiny battles you face day to day will ultimately help you win the “war” for your wallet!

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1. TIME.com, “Want to Save Money? Stop Thinking About the Big Picture,” January 9, 2014


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