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Making wise financial plans for retirement is essential if you want to enjoy your golden years without having to worry about making ends meet. Fortunately, if you plan ahead and plan well, you should be able to live richly long after you’ve left the workforce.
To find out how to make the best retirement plan, we asked four financial experts for their best retirement-planning tips — and how they prepared for their own.
Click through to get expert tips on retiring rich.
Fees can mean big profits for many financial institutions, so it’s no surprise that many banks nickel and dime customers with a range of fees, which can eat away at your account balance. When you’re selecting a bank, look for banks that don’t charge fees, or at least be aware of what actions trigger fees so you can avoid them. Learn how to avoid common bank fees.
Even a big bank or credit union with no fees on its checking or savings accounts might have charges on a fee schedule that catch you off guard. Here is a list of bank fees you should never pay!
If you want to guarantee a happy, stable retirement, it’s important to start saving — and investing — now. Unfortunately, hidden fees can wreak havoc on even the smartest investment strategies. Along with consulting fees, you might find yourself dealing with fees to trade, fees to advise and even high tax fees.
Click through to see 15 hidden fees to watch out for so you can avoid wasting your money in retirement!
Living in a city can be expensive, with everything from rent to the average grocery bill eating up your savings and possibly preventing you from saving up for that first down payment. And, if that weren’t enough, those costs are going up faster in some cities.
In its latest study, we examined the cost of living in 50 major U.S. cities and found which ones experienced the biggest jumps in the cost of living from 2017 to 2018.
The study looked at the amount needed to pay for necessities such as food, rent, utilities, transportation and healthcare, as well as the amount one should budget toward savings and discretionary spending. These costs were then consolidated into a “live comfortably” income to determine the places in America that are getting more expensive.
If you’re wondering, “How much do I need to be rich?” the answer depends on where you live. To be rich in America — or in the 80th percentile of household incomes — you need to earn $103,405, which is significantly less than the amount many Americans think they need to be “rich.” However, in some states, you need to earn even less than that to be among the top earners.
For this study, we defined “rich” as an income in the 80th percentile of households, and determined the states where that amount was less than $100,000. The study also took into consideration states where top-tier homes were affordable. In addition, we looked at living costs, including groceries, utilities, transportation and healthcare. Keep reading to see where you can live a rich life while earning less than $100,000.
Making a list and sticking to it when you’re at the grocery store is an easy way to stay within your budget. But there are some things that you shouldn’t put on that list to start with, even if you get big discounts with a grocery store loyalty card.
SKIP THESE BAD BUYS
Every year we spend money on purchases that may be falsely advertised, environmentally harmful, or simply overpriced — but the good news is that we don’t have to keep making the same mistakes. Here are some of the worst offenders you should avoid in 2019.
As the world’s largest retailer, Walmart boasts a massive selection on everything from staples like groceries and clothing to camping equipment and pet supplies.
However, don’t let the retailer’s 5,000 location footprint lead you to believe that you’re always getting the best deal.
Here are the 12 best and worst ways to spend your money at the superstore.
No matter what type of budget you’re working with, there’s a chance you’re overspending on a few purchases without realizing it. Whether you’re shopping online or heading to the grocery store, you need to be aware of average prices and retail trends so you can really get the best deals. Doing so can help you save money and keep your budget in check.
Click through to discover the easiest ways to save money now — and take notice of what you’re overspending on.
You may want to spring clean your house, barn, garage or attic because these ordinary things just lying around could be worth money.
Click ahead to see 25 valuable things that could be hiding in your house.