I Feel Guilty Making Unnecessary Purchases

I have this character trait that is probably odd/weird/annoying to those that don’t actually write on their own personal finance blog; I feel literally guilty when I even think about the action of purchasing items I don’t need.  It is almost like buyer’s remorse prior to actually purchasing the item.  But it gets worse, I

How Much Will Your Expenses Be in Retirement?

There has been a trend in retirement planning that I don’t particularly understand, the trend is propagated by the main stream financial companies/publications that look for easy answers that are not so easy.  In retirement planning you don’t need 50%, 60%, 70%, 80%, 90% or 100% of your pre-retirement income.  During retirement you need the

My Family’s Cash Flow Chart

I was speaking with a buddy the other day and he was asking about how The Wife and I handle our cash flow.  Actually he was making fun of the complexity of it.  I figured I should prove him wrong and actually create a flow chart rather than explain it orally. The Wife and I

Long-term care: What are the Options?

Guest Post by Sasha In my last post I noted some startling statistics about the number of Americans who will require long-term care at some point in their lives. Common medical crisis such as stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and arthritis can certainly affect your quality of life in profound ways. Something as unpredictable as a

What is a Mutual Company?

How would you feel if you weren’t a customer but rather an owner of your life insurance company? How about if you were an owner of your investment company, rather than just a plain account holder/customer?  Imagine a world where the company theoretically cared about the customer because they were owners of the companies.  Although