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3 Areas of Financial Protection You Need

Protecting and preserving wealth is just as important as building it. Think of wealth as a house. At the foundation are the resources (businesses, education, jobs, skills, etc.) that are the catalysts for growing wealth. The walls and contents are then the investments and assets built/grown upon these fundamental resources. The roof then acts as the protection in keeping all the resources and assets safe. Every component is just as valuable as the next, and all are vulnerable without a properly structured roof.

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5 Cautionary Lessons Learned About Real Estate Investing

I talk a lot about the benefits to be had from property investing, but recently noticed that I likely don’t shed enough light on the less flattering aspects that need to be taken into consideration before going this route. The benefits of real estate investing are real and can be a powerful financial weapon for boosting your net worth, but these benefits do not come without their fair share of work, hassle, education and risk.

That being said, here are some of the more cautionary but real lessons I’ve learned during my time as a real estate investor.

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Ways to Save on Everyday Expenses

I’ve been on a mission to track and reduce my household living expenses for quite a while now. Along this path I discovered some fairly lucrative ways to save across multiple areas of spending that have had little-to-no impact on quality of life.

I’ve decided to compile those discoveries here as one long list broken out by category. Feel free to browse through. My hope is that there are at least one or two items that might also help your household save some money with relatively minimal effort.

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5 Reasons Why Investing for Income Beats Investing for Growth

Why do you invest?

Such a simple question, right? When asked this, most people’s response has something to do with retirement. But this is normally a canned answer simply because we know we are supposed to save and invest for retirement. The problem is that there is no deeper meaning or motivation behind this type of investment strategy. There’s no excitement. No drive. And I firmly believe this is the primary reason why so many people are underfunded for retirement.

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My Household Budget (2018 Edition)

If you have not been following along, in early 2017 I became fed up with my bloating household expenses and made a commitment to do something about it.  At that point in time my recurring household living expenses were averaging almost $3,250/month.  Since then, quite a few strategic changes have been made which have brought household expenses down by an average of over $700/month (and counting).  I continue and track these numbers to both hold myself accountable and pass along any savings strategies/opportunities discovered to you.

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