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Seven New Years Financial Resolutions for 2010

This is a guest post from the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE), a non-profit dedicated to improving the financial literacy of all Americans.

Control spending: If you spend less you'll have more money available to pay down debt and save for the future. Write down your expenses for a month to see where your money is going. You might be surprised by how easy it is to find places to scale back.

Create a debt repayment plan: If you carry credit card debt, write down everything you owe and make a plan to pay it off. Start with small items you can act on right away–it will make tackling the bigger debt easier. Also, try buying with cash only. It’s a sure-fire way to prevent increases in your credit card debt.

Set up auto-savings plans: Arrange with your bank or another financial institution to have a set amount deducted from your checking account to a savings account each pay period. Of the Americans who have been able to contribute to emergency savings funds, automatic withdrawal is the most popular method, according to the Consumer Federation of America.

Boost retirement savings: If your employer offers a 401(k) plan, increase your contributions. If you don't have an employer plan, open an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) and arrange for contributions to be made automatically from your checking or savings account.

Create a long-term plan: Write a list of your long-term goals, such as buying a home or saving for college or retirement. Visit the Life Events section of Smart About Money for concrete tips on accomplishing those goals.

Protect Yourself: Be prepared for the unexpected by making sure you, your family, your assets and investments are insured and fully covered. If you do not have a will, make 2010 the year you establish a life plan.

Find a financial buddy: Share your financial resolutions with a friend, colleague, or family member, and you’ll be more likely to keep them. Find someone else who wants to turn around their debt or cut their spending, and establish a mutual support system.

NEFE operates the site Smart About Money and have developed a series of articles filled with tips to help you make 2010 the year of financial freedom.  You can also find Economic Survival Tips, worksheets and articles focused on financial education related to housing, spending, credit and job change. Follow NEFE on Twitter at @nefe_org.

New Money Hacks Store

I just added a new store to the Money Hacks site. I know, I'm a little late to the party, but that's my MO! 🙂

It's hosted by Amazon and it's filled with hundreds of personal finance books from authors like Jim Cramer, Andrew Tobias, George Soros, Peter Lynch, and Jim Rogers.

Check it out. There's still time to order before Christmas (I can say that, right)!

Mortgage Rates Hit All-Time Low

I've recently been very lax in keeping up with the news. Last I heard, Dubai caused a minor stir in the already-screwed up credit markets, sending markets into a tizzy.

I saw on today's newspaper the big headline, "Mortgage Rates at All-Time Lows." Sheesh. Haven't we seen this TV show before?

Must we go down the same stupid road that got us here? I know, the credit standards are supposedly much higher now than they were in 2006-2007, where anybody with a pulse (and some even without) could get a loan for a piece of property. But I have heard random radio spots that hint that things really haven't changed much. Stuff like "no money down," "seller financing," and "no doc" loans…

I'm afraid we haven't learned a thing from our very recent past. I can't say I'm surprised.

The fundamentals of the market psychology hasn't changed: It still seeks short-term profits over long-term prosperity. Slow and steady hasn't kept the market happy for decades. It likes the hare, not the tortoise.

I also saw that gold hit $1200.

So how does one protect himself during these times? I'd suggest that you stick with the same old, same old:

  • Stocks – still the best bet for long-term prosperity
  • Cash – in case all hell breaks out
  • Bonds – if interest rates ever go up again, they might become a little more enticing
  • Gold – in case it gets worse than all hell breaking out
  • Real Estate – your real inflation hedge

Depending on where you are in your life, you would do best to keep the bullk of your investable assets in stocks, some in cash, a little in bonds, very little in gold, and a bit in real estate. Note that I am not including your home in this assessment. If I did, most of us would have more than 50 percent of our assets in real estate (which might be a big part of the problem, right).

I still think the US is the place to be for innovation: IT, bio tech, medicine. But I think you may want to invest a considerable portion in foreign markets. China will not stop growing for some time. India is still going to improve. Latin America still has lots left, as does Canada, Russia, and Europe.

The world, as they say, is your oyster. Choose wisely, or else you may get one that's toxic.

Kids and Money — June 15, 2009

Welcome to the June 15, 2009 edition of kids and money.

Cash Tree presents Baby Clothes – Why Organic Is Better For Your Baby posted at Organic Baby Wearhouse, saying, “”Many of us know of the ecological impact of producing non organic cotton baby clothes (where cotton crops account for 25% of the worlds pesticides and 10% of the worlds insecticides each year). The question we hear often is are there really any actual health benefits for buying organic baby clothes. And the answer is Yes, organic baby clothes are better for your baby!””

Daniel Drew presents My business is doing well, should I choose an SBA Loan? posted at My Business is doing well should I choose an SBA Loan?, saying, “The reasons for getting an SBA Loan and how to get one. Also visit http://www.unsecuredbizloan.com to pre-qualify for an SBA Loan!”

Darwin presents Start an Investment Club: How To, Rules and Reality Checks posted at Darwin’s Finance, saying, “With an investment club being a beginner’s way into investing, this comprehensive ‘how-to’ and reality check investment clubs is a must-read for young investors.”

Jack Schmidt presents Blog Carnival – Submit an Article to a Carnival posted at SectorMatic Money Journal, saying, “Personal Finance – Everything for the Big Spender on a Budget. Now you can live like a fat cat, even if you’re on a money diet. Laugh all the way to the bank with Jack Schmidt and SectorMatic. It’s for you!”

Chris McClelland presents Recent College Graduates, Prepare to Starve posted at Lucrative Investing.

Chris McClelland presents Some job markets for new grads posted at Lucrative Investing.

jim presents How to Build Your Credit History with Tradelines posted at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity.

Jim DeSantis presents 3 Keys To Self-Control and Saving Money posted at On Line Tribune | Family Life, saying, “Lack of self-control when it comes to money is a common pitfall for most people. Often, when people come into an extra amount of money, they have this tendency to rush out and instantly satisfy the irresistible urge to splurge on anything they lay their eyes on. This is a very costly mistake from a number of aspects. Sometimes people fail to recognize the idea that the future has to be considered, too, whenever spending and saving enter the picture.”

Savings Toolbox presents Should You Switch to a Credit Union to Save? posted at Savings Toolbox.

costseg presents Cost Segregation Audit Techniques Guide | Society of Cost Segregation Audit Techniques Guide posted at Cost Segregation Audit Techniques Guide, saying, “How do Cost Segregation Audit Techniques Guides work in real-estate this days and how can you save tax money with them.”

Leave Debt Behind presents Starting a Budget for Your Family posted at Leave Debt Behind.

Barry presents Saving Money At The Amusement Park posted at Associate Money.

Brad Chaffee presents Your Children Will Handle Money, The Way You Handle Money posted at Enemy of Debt, saying, “Thank You!”

Jack Schmidt presents Health Insurance Can Improve Your Love Life posted at SectorMatic Money Journal, saying, “Personal Finance – Everything for the Big Spender on a Budget. Now you can live like a fat cat, even if you’re on a money diet. Laugh all the way to the bank wiht Jack Schmidt and SectorMatic. It’s for you!”

Madison presents How is your Lending Club Account Doing? posted at My Dollar Plan.

SpendingIt presents The Three Biggest Opportunities to Save Money posted at Spending It.

Christopher B Williams presents Business Loans posted at Dollars2wealth.

Christopher B Williams presents Credit Cards posted at Dollars2wealth.

KCLau presents Easy Pawn Shops – Do you need to Pawn? posted at KCLau’s Money Tips, saying, “Pros and cons of pawning”

marjorie presents BillMyParents: Your Kids Can Shop Online posted at Wealth Junkies, saying, “BillMyParents allows kids to shop online without having to use their parents’ credit card. When they find something they want, they can send a request through BillMyParents. Parents receive the requests and can decide from there whether to approve or deny the purchase.”

Verna Morris presents How to Build Your Own Ivy Endowment Portfolio Using ETFs posted at ETFdb.

Wealth-Ed presents Can American Banks Bounce Back posted at Wealth Education – Investment Ideas Personal Financial Advice.

jared presents General Growth Continues Restructuring Efforts posted at Wealth Education – Investment Ideas Personal Financial Advice.

Jack Schmidt presents What Does the Internet Mean to Your Wallet? posted at SectorMatic Money Journal, saying, “Personal Finance – Everything for the Big Spender on a Budget. Now you can live like a fat cat, even if you’re on a money diet. Laugh all the way to the bank with Jack Schmidt and SectorMatic. It’s for you!”

Jack Schmidt presents Diversity Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry posted at SectorMatic Money Journal, saying, “Personal Finance – Everything for the Big Spender on a Budget. Now you can live like a fat cat, even if you’re on a money diet. Laugh all the way to the bank with Jack Schmidt and SectorMatic. It’s for you!”

Dan presents Flushing Toys Down the Toilet – Punishment Time posted at My Dad Blog, saying, “This article highlights the joys of children flushing objects down toilets and how to administer the consequences of a costly plumbing bill.”

jim presents Request & Check Your Specialty Reports Annually posted at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity.

Billeater presents Summer Entertainment for Families on a Budget posted at Billeater.

Chris McClelland presents Could painting your roof be the key to reversing climate change? posted at Lucrative Investing.

Chris McClelland presents Touch Not the Retirement Fund, Thus Sayeth the Experts posted at Lucrative Investing, saying, “Please email me if you need anything.”

NetBiz presents Student Loans Without A Cosigner: College Loans For People With Little, Good Or Bad Credit posted at Your Finish Rich Plan, saying, “Finding the right student loan can be tricky depending on your personal financial circumstances”

Madison presents Best Bank for Kids posted at Kids and Money.

Patrick @ Cash Money Life presents College Savings Plans: 529 vs. Coverdell ESA posted at Cash Money Life, saying, “Explaining the difference between the two most popular college savings programs.”

Silicon Valley Blogger presents How To Pay Off Credit Card Debt: A Success Story posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “I would share this story with my kids. It’s an important lesson on managing debt!”

The Smarter Wallet presents Should You Trade Stocks Online? posted at The Smarter Wallet, saying, “Teach your child about the investing world.”

nickel presents Free Summer Movies for Kids – 2009 Edition posted at fivecentnickel.com.

Mike Pastore presents Teach Your Children Well – Financial Education Starts at Home posted at Mikes Millions.com.

Credit Shout presents Responsible Credit Card Use in College Students | CreditShout posted at CreditShout.

Raag Vamdatt presents Birth of a child – how should your financial planning change? :: RaagVamdatt.com :: Financial Planning demystified posted at RaagVamdatt.com.

Barry presents Tips To Set Up Children Savings Accounts posted at Associate Money.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of kids and money using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Kids and Money – May 10, 2009

Welcome to the May 6, 2009 edition of kids and money.

Lazy Man and Money presents Save Money at Baseball Games posted at Lazy Man and Money.

The Smarter Wallet presents Amazon Kindle Review: Electronic Book Reader Pros and Cons posted at The Smarter Wallet, saying, “Is the Amazon Kindle worth buying for the family?”

Silicon Valley Blogger presents Best High Interest Savings Accounts In Online Banking posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “Show your kids how to pick the right savings account.”

Jeff Rose presents 29 Good Reads About Kids And Money posted at Jeff Rose.

Pinyo presents College Students Should Take Responsibility For Their Financial Situation posted at Moolanomy.

Mark Montgomery presents Choosing the Right College Curriculum–How Much Choice Is Right For You? posted at Great College Advice, saying, “College-bound students sometimes believe that all college academic programs are the same. Not so. This post and short video explain a couple of very different alternatives students have in selecting the right college for them.”

KCLau presents Do You Have a Wedding Debt? posted at KCLau’s Money Tips, saying, “Most couples want to begin their married life auspiciously and free from the problems. However, it is not uncommon to hear about married couples who go into debt just to get married. Article explores the reasons.”

Talia presents Bitty Budget | backtobasics-talia.com posted at backtobasics-talia.com.

PicktheBrain presents Is a College Education Worth a Lifetime of Debt? posted at School Loans.

Travis presents Money for Time, or Time for Money? | personalwebguide.com posted at Personal Web Guide.

Concerning Kids presents Raising A Highly Sensitive Child posted at Concerning Kids.

John Russell presents In An Accident? posted at The Low Cost Auto Insurance Guru, saying, “You pay your premiums, but when your car is damaged, you balk because you fear a claim will mean higher insurance rates.”

Sonja Stewart presents How to Recession-Proof Your Family Life | Parenting Squad posted at Parenting Squad.

KCLau presents Bad Experience of Car Insurance Claim posted at KCLau’s Money Tips, saying, “a story of bad experience with vehicle insurance claim”

jim presents How To Get A Free FICO Credit Score posted at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity.

Paul Piotrowski presents The Importance of Saving Money posted at Inspired Money Maker.

FIRE Getters presents Why do we get laid off? A complicated corporate work culture …. posted at FIRE Finance.

Finance Tips 101 presents What You Need to Know about Academic Scholarships posted at Finance Tips 101.

nickel presents What is a 529 Plan? posted at fivecentnickel.com, saying, “An overview of college savings plans.”

Jack Schmidt presents 10 Really Fun Things You Can Do Today on the Cheap posted at SectorMatic Money Journal, saying, “Personal Finance | Everything for the Big Spender on a Budget. Now you can live like a fat cat, even if you’re on a money diet.”

Jack Schmidt presents How To Pick A Profitable Mutual Fund.

Brandon Rowe presents $160 Checking Bonus at FBOP Banks posted at Bromoney Internet Banks.

Alison presents What Does My Son Know About Money? posted at This Wasn’t in The Plan.

Patrick @ Cash Money Life presents Upromise Review posted at Cash Money Life, saying, “Earn free money for college savings with rebates from UPromise. The money can be used for college savings, current college expenses, or repaying student loans.”

Patrick @ Military Money presents Financial Planning For Military Families posted at Military Finance Network, saying, “Financial planning tips to help families prepare for emergencies and other life events.”

Bank Champ presents Failed Banks Not Required to Honor CD Rates posted at Bank Champ.

sherin presents My personal plan for creating investment portfolio for kid posted at THE MONEY MANIAC, saying, “Sharing my personal experience on creating a portfolio for my kid.”

Jack Schmidt presents Sign of the Times: “Going Out Of Business – Eat Fast!”

Jack Schmidt presents Starting Young: Teaching Teens to Save Money.

Barry presents How To Have A Baby Amid A Recession? posted at Associate Money.

jim presents Citi Forward Credit Card Review: Rewarding Responsibility posted at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity.

Dan at Everydayfinance presents What I Learnd at the Park – An Easy $400 per Hour! posted at Everyday Finance, saying, “This article highlights a unique and easy way teenage kids can make Hundreds of Dollars per hour this summer!”

Ted presents College Advice: 100+ Tips for Survival posted at CampusGrotto.

Bank Champ presents I Bond Fixed Rate Announcement (May – November 2009) posted at Bank Champ.

Jesse Michelsen presents Shopping Out Of Season posted at Personal Finance Firewall.

Patrick @ Cash Money Life presents How to Decide Whether to Be a Stay at Home Mom or Working Mom posted at Cash Money Life, saying, “These are some factors to consider when deciding between being a stay at home mom or returning to the work force.”

Patrick @ Military Money presents 25 Ways to Eat For Free (Really): Get Free Food! posted at Military Finance Network, saying, “How to get free food and save money while eating out at restaurants.”

nickel presents The Best 529 Plans – 2009 Edition posted at fivecentnickel.com.

Jack Schmidt presents Home Improvement Loans – Transforming Brick and Mortar.

RC presents From the Economic Stimulus Plan- 529 Funds Can be Used for Computers, Software, and Peripherals posted at Think Your Way to Wealth.

Jim DeSantis presents Divorce: What To Do About Medical, Life, Homeowners, and Auto Insurance! posted at On Line Tribune | Marriage Matters, saying, “Covering the insurance needs of yourself and your children after a divorce must be considered during pre-divorce settlement negotiations with your soon-to-be ex. This is largely a matter for lawyers but you need to think ahead to protect everyone who depends upon you.”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of kids and money using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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