Don’t Rob Your Retirement (Video)

Borrowing from your 401(k) is robbing you of a comfortable retirement. Many folks treat their 401(k)’s like a personal ATM. Why is it a bad idea to withdraw cash via a 401(k) loan from your retirement to pay for things like your kids’ college, home improvement projects, a vacation, or pay off debt? You’re essentially robbing your future self of a …

Lottery or Lightning Strike? (Video)

Did you know that you’re 251 times more likely to be struck by lightning than to win big in the lottery? Your odds of winning a $500 million jackpot are only 1 in 175,000,000! You’re more likely to get rich slowly than quickly. The odds aren’t even that great for winning a measly million dollars these days (1 in 5 …

Pay Debt, Save for Retirement, or Both? (Video)

Here’s a question that I frequently get asked by my coaching clients: “Should I stop investing in my 401k while working to pay off my debt?”   In most cases, the answer is no. If someone’s budget is really tight, even after trimming non-essentials, then it may be wise to temporarily suspend 401k contributions. Here’s why I want you to keep …

If You Have a Mortgage, You Have a Master

Last week, we covered the “Real Estate and Mortgages” lesson in the Financial Peace University class that I’m facilitating at my church.  It’s always a weird lesson because it’s the only time that Dave Ramsey doesn’t go ballistic on us for having some debt.  Here are the reasons why: 1.) Most people don’t have the means or patience to save …