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Plan Well, Retire Well

Saving and investing your money

Use a Ladder of CDs or Bonds for Future Cash Needs

I've been surprised by some of the feedback from recent workshops. Several people have said that the most important thing they learned was about this simple little investment strategy called laddering. So maybe you'd like to learn about it, too. Laddering can come in handy any time you have a substantial amount of cash that you may need in the next few years. It will help you earn more...

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You Too Can Earn a High Rate of Return for Home Energy Improvements

For every dollar you spend or invest, there is an opportunity cost. For example, the dollar that you use to buy food cannot be used to invest for retirement. (Nor can the dollar you use to pay credit card interest charges, but that's another blog post!) Little kids up to senior citizens understand that a dollar can only be spent once. We may not like this but we live this everyday! Some...

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Debt Settlement Advertisements: Are They for Real?

I hear them all the time on the radio – ads proclaiming: As a result of the American Reinvestment Act, if you have over $10,000 in credit card debt, you are entitled to settle for pennies on the dollar... or something to that effect. It may sound pretty tempting. And the ads play on consumer outrage about bank bailouts, stati...

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High Interest Checking Accounts: Are They Worth It?

I've recently been intrigued by a couple of discussions about high interest checking accounts. My interest was further piqued when a good friend regaled me with his high-interest account story. It included last minute trips to buy tiny items using their debit card, to meet the account's requirements. But the payoff was substantial, and he was very pleased with the arrangement. T...

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