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How to Start Saving for your Retirement and Have Peace of Mind

How to Start Saving for your Retirement and Have Peace of Mind

Let me start by saying this, the earlier you start saving for your retirement the better it is for you. Studies have found that those who retire happily are usually those who have saved for the longest. So if you’re waiting to hit 30 years of age to start saving for your retirement you’re making a big mistake.

You don’t want to still have to work a 9 to 5 while you could have been enjoying the rest of your life traveling around the world with your loved ones. Unfortunately, that’s the sad reality that so many people have to face.

From this article, I’m going to tell you how to start saving for your retirement. You’ll be so glad for having done so as you’re reaching your retirement years.

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Invest in gold IRA companies

Investing is something everyone is supposed to think of when it comes to saving money. However, many people don’t see it that way; they choose other routes to do so instead due to other beliefs, which is also understandable.

There are various ways through which you can invest your money; for example, stocks and bonds, certificate of deposit (CD) bank accounts, and much more. But if you’re investing for your retirement you can’t go wrong with investing into some gold IRA companies.

What’s an IRA company by the way? The acronym IRA stands for individual retirement account. It gives us the ability to save for our retirement as we’re also taking the advantage of the tax break. It’s a very beneficial way for this purpose, especially when you think of how much you could possibly have to pay in taxes.

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Investing in gold IRA has proven its ability to help investors balancing their portfolio. It’s considered to be safer while its profitability strength is outstanding. Gold doesn’t rely on any other factors for its value. For example, a company stock’s price may have so many factors dictating it, but on the other hand, Gold tends to be different.

How can you invest in gold IRA companies?

The best way to invest your money into gold IRA companies is through gold IRA rollover. This can be done through a 401k account, which may be the best way in trying to do yours.

If you were to buy your gold directly it’ll cost you too much money in the process. After all the fees and taxes your capital would be significantly decreased.

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However, the decision is yours to make; you can also open a gold IRA account without having to go through a 401k. This process usually takes one to four weeks after you’ve contacted the dealer. The most important decision you’ll have to make is how you’d want to fund your account. Other than that, they’ll be able to help you with the rest.

Conclusion

Investing is very important if you want your money to grow with time. Investing and saving for your retirement is even more important as no one would wants to spend his or her old age working.

There are so many paths you can take to save for your retirement; for example, investing in a business, stocks, IRA and much more. Since you’re the only one who’s in charge of choosing how you want to start saving for your retirement, it’s very important that you pick the best one for yourself.

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Nonetheless, don’t waste your time dwelling on which one to take if you can’t come to a final decision—take some sort of financial investment action now. Always remember this; the earlier you start saving for your retirement the better it is for you.

Featured photo credit: Compass Career Management via compasscareer.com

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Last Updated on March 4, 2019

How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt

How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt

Many people will suggest that the best thing to do with your credit cards during these tough economic times is to cut them up with a pair of scissors. Indeed, if you are already in huge debt, you probably should stop using them and begin a payback strategy immediately. However, if you are not currently in trouble with your credit cards, there are wise ways to use them.

I happen to really love my credit cards so I will share with you my approach to how I use mine without getting into deep financial trouble.

Ever since about 1983 when I got my first Visa card, I continue to charge as many of my purchases as possible on credit. Everything from gas, groceries and monthly payments for services like my cable and home security monitoring are charged on credit. Despite my heavy usage, I have maintained the joy of never paying any interest fees at all on any of my credit cards.

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Here are some tips on how best to use your credit cards without falling into the trap of paying those nasty double-digit interest fees.

Do Not Treat Credit Cards as Your Funding Sources

Too many people treat their credit cards as funding sources for major purchases. Do not do this if you want to stay out of trouble. I use my credit cards as convenient financial instruments so I do not have to carry around much cash. In fact, I hate carrying cash, especially coins. When you buy things on credit, the purchases are clean and you will not get annoying coins back as change.

I do not rely on my Visa, MasterCard or American Express to fund any of my purchases, large or small. This brings me to my golden rule when it comes to whether I will pull out any of my credit cards either at a retail or online store.

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I never purchase anything with my credit cards if I do not have the actual cash on hand in my bank account.

If I really cannot pay for the item or service with cash that I already have at the bank, then I simply will not make the purchase. Remember, my credit cards are not used as funding sources. They are just convenient alternatives to actual cash in my pocket.

Make Sure to Always Pay Off Balances in Full Each Month

The next very important part of my overall strategy is to make absolutely sure that I pay the balances in full each and every month no matter how large they are. This should never be a problem if the cash has been budgeted for my purchases and secured in the bank. I have always paid my full balances each month ever since my very first credit card and this is why I never pay interest charges.

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Using Credit Cards with Rewards

Most of my credit cards are of the “no annual fees” type, including one MasterCard on a separate account I keep at home as a spare in case I lose my wallet or incur any fraudulent charges. However, I do use a main Visa card which does have an annual fee because all purchases on that card reward me with airline frequent flyer points. For me, the annual fee is worth it since I do travel and I get enough points to redeem many free flights.

You have to decide for yourself if you will charge enough purchases on credit each year without paying interest charges to warrant a credit card that rewards you with airline points (or other rewards). In my case, the answer is “yes” but that might not be the case for you.

I occasionally use a MasterCard or American Express card on small purchases just to keep those accounts active. Also, I have been to the odd retailer that accepted only a certain type of credit card, so I find that having one from each major company is quite handy. Aside from my main Visa card which earns the airline points, the rest of my cards are of the “no annual fees” variety.

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So this is how I use my credit cards without getting into any financial trouble with them. This strategy is recommended only if you are not in debt, of course. In fact, it is worth keeping in mind once you’re out of debt so that you can keep your credit cards active and treat them responsibly.

What are your credit card usage strategies? Let me know in the comments — I’d love to hear what methods you use.

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