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The Power of Planning: 5 Key Benefits of Having a Financial Plan

Are you thinking about retirement?  It's never too early (or too late) to start planning your financial future.  A comprehensive financial plan can help you achieve your goals, reduce financial stress, increase your financial security, maximize your investment returns, and improve your overall financial well-being.  In this article, we'll explore the five key benefits of having a financial plan and the six steps in the financial planning process that will help you achieve these benefits. So, if you're ready to take control of your financial future and make your dreams a reality, read on!

A financial plan is a comprehensive strategy that considers all aspects of your financial life, including budgeting, saving, investing, and retirement planning.  In this article, we'll explore the five key benefits of having a financial plan and the six steps in the financial planning process that will help you achieve these benefits.

From Savvy Saver to Loving Legacy: The Important Ages in Your Financial Life

From Savvy Saver to Loving Legacy: The Important Ages in Your Financial Life

Understanding the important stages in your financial life is essential for anyone who wants to make smart financial decisions and achieve your long-term goals.

By knowing what to expect at each stage of life, you can prepare for unexpected expenses, plan for retirement, and leave a lasting legacy for your loved ones.

Whether you're a Savvy Saver just starting out or a Loving Legacy individual enjoying retirement, this article will provide valuable insights into the key financial milestones to keep in mind throughout your journey.

Where are you on your financial journey?

Wherever you are on your journey, it's important to understand that different ages and stages of life bring different financial challenges and opportunities.  

Over the years, I’ve developed a few key terms to help describe the various stages:

  • Savvy Savers
  • Ready to Retire
  • Loving Legacy

We'll also discuss how major life events, or "Life Quakes," can impact a person's financial journey at any point along the way.

Income Tax Blunders to Avoid in 2023

The most common mistakes Income Tax mistakes usually result in a simple lack of understanding of the consequences of our decisions.  We simply didn’t know that the Tax Implications were so large or could have been avoided.  In this article, we’ll cover three common tax mistakes and how to avoid them.

If you don’t like paying taxes, then this article is for you.

First Look at The Secure Act 2.0: NEW Retirement Planning Strategies

The Secure Act 2.0 also known as the Securing a Strong Retirement Act was signed into law on December 29, 2022.  The Secure Act 2.0 is a follow up to the Secure Act 1.0 passed in January of 2020.  This new Secure Act 2.0 contains over 4,000 pages of new legislation with major changes affecting businesses and individuals.  Here’s a first look at 4 key pieces of information that will benefit you right now:

  1. The New RMD age increases from 72 to 73 in 2024.
  2. A brand-new option for surviving spouses that affects today’s withdrawal strategies.
  3. Employer sponsored plan updates like student loan matching for 401(k)’s and penalty free emergency savings withdrawals.
  4. An update to the 10-year rule for those who Inherited an IRA in 2020 or later.

9 Ways To Teach Your Kids About Money

Whether we realize it or not, our kids learn by observing what we do. They see us spend money at the grocery store, and they see us spend money when they're going back to school shopping. They see money when they get their monthly allowance, but most of the time, they observe us spending money, so we need to teach our kids how to handle money wisely.

5 Key Metrics to Track for An Epic Early Retirement

There are five factors we strongly recommend you consider before you put your early retirement plans in place. If you already know about the FIRE movement (Financial Independence Retire Early) and are keen to get in on the action and plan your early retirement, then keep reading and tune in to watch the full episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/PGdkbUG03hw!

If you're pursuing early retirement as a goal, you need to get precise with numbers — we would consider early retirement to be giving up work before the age of 60. Of course, you might have another number in mind, but in terms of retirement income planning and making retirement savings, 60 is the magic number we have in mind.

How To Set Financial Goals For Success In 2023

With a new year just around the corner, most people habitually start thinking about goals. We all do it, don't we? While our goals don't have to start on January 1, it's a natural time to evaluate and start anew.

Even if you haven't been consciously thinking about your own goals, chances are, they've been creeping up in your mind. It's time to dive in and get those goals out in the open and make things happen.

Goal setting, especially setting financial goals, can be intimidating, frustrating, and time-consuming, and oftentimes, we just put it off because we get overwhelmed.

Why do we get so emotional about it? Because we don't have a plan - a step-by-step guide to help us navigate through the process. Setting financial goals is easier when it's broken down into manageable "bite-size" pieces.

3 Steps to Creating a Wealth Vision Board to Ensure a Meaningful Retirement

What do boa constrictors have to do with your retirement savings?

More than you would think!

Experts say that to pursue long-term goals, you must be 50% sure you can achieve your projects. If you're 100% sure of yourself, you won't try because you have nothing to prove. Alternately, if you're 0% sure of success, you won't even bother.

My granddaughter recently showed me the power of hope in going after life goals or financial goals.

"What do you wish for?" I asked her.

"Well, I wish for a snake, but my parents said I can’t have one, so there’s no point in having the wish," she replied.

She wouldn't even imagine a future with a snake because she saw her goal as having zero possibility of happening. I couldn't overrule her parents, but I could dig deeper.

The more we talked about reading books, going to the Zoo, and watching YouTube videos to expand her knowledge and pursue her passion, even without actually owning a snake, the happier she became about her wish.

If you approach your financial goals with this kind of creativity and openness, you will discover that instead of waiting to enjoy your long-term goals, there are likely various ways you may start enjoying life now.

New Increases to IRA & 401(k) Contribution Limits in 2022

For 2022 you are able to increase your IRA contribution to $6,000 per year and if you’re over 50, then the amount is increased to $7,000 per year.  For 401(k) savings plans, the amount is raised to $20,500 per year and if you’re over 50, it’s been raised to $27,000 per year.  This small increase may not seem like a lot, but it really adds up over time.

Fun and Easy Savings Hacks that Help You Pay Debt and Meet Your Savings Goal

Saving money is pretty important right now, and although many of us are doing simple things like trimming the grocery budget, being mindful of how much our utility bills cost, and reducing our habit of shopping online, there are ways to actually prioritize saving money without it being a stressful experience.

Believe it or not, you can implement these simple money hacks to save more without too much difficulty.

As I walk through the savings tips in this article, think about how they might become a habit in your life. If you can find ways to save money toward something impactful, rather than spending it in a way that doesn't align with your true goals, you're much more likely to stick to the plan.

There are five main strategies to save money, and in this article, I'll share how you can integrate them into your everyday life, which will help you secure your financial future.