How much does owning a car really cost you? Last week AAA released its latest car ownership study, which calculates depreciation, financing, insurance gas, maintenance and license fees. Bottom line: when you purchase a car, you’re not just paying the sticker price.
We’re all seeking financial success and in this current economic climate, making it happen is much more of a challenge. At Mint.com, we’re all about helping you build a solid financial education through tools and information. We’ve also found it helpful to share such information from around the financial web: the stories we have today revolve around ways to build solid financial habits.
You’ve heard about our hunter and gatherer ancestors, no? Did you know that you can find them at your local Target? Humans have carried some of their ancient, gendered instincts with them when it comes to shopping. Women tend to browse around, “gathering” up the best from various sources and enjoying the experience, while men tend to buy, going straight in for the “kill.” Here are some things men spend money on that women don’t.
Some people can develop a solid and effective financial plan on their own, but others have complicated financial situations, and need help. That’s where a ﬁnancial advisor comes in. A good one can assess your current ﬁnancial situation, help you carve out a ﬁnancial path, and then help you move down that path to help you achieve your life goals.
This year, instead of buying friends and family lots of material goods that they may or may not like or return, consider giving each other the gift of time. It’s not only less expensive, but can yield a much higher “return”.
Shelley Elmblad is the guide at About.com’s Financial Software section. She is also a feature writer at Suite 101, with a focus on personal finance. Check out today’s interview to read more about Shelley’s methodology in selecting a personal finance software; the financial challenges her family faced when raising their child; and her views on personal finance.