The Payday Habit

By Melissa Tosetti How much money can you spend? Asked in a different way – how much money can you safely spend without sacrificing your short-term goals such as travel and long term goals like retirement? We have financial obligations in our bills.  We’re supposed to be putting money into savings accounts for our goals, but there are things we …

There’s (not) an App for That…

By Kevin Gibbons We truly do live in a wonderful technological time. We have the world’s history and current information at our fingertips. We have videos and tutorials on virtually any subject instantly available. And we can access that information on our cell phones almost anywhere. We are rapidly approaching the point where it seems we don’t need experts for …

Let’s Stop Getting Surprised by Intermittent Expenses

By Kevin Gibbons When The Savvy Life prepares a Spending Plan for a client, we group expenses into several categories. One of the main discriminators is “Monthly Expenses” versus “Intermittent Expenses.” As the names imply, “Monthly Expenses” are those that occur regularly every month, like rent, buying groceries, paying for utilities and the like. “Intermittent Expenses” are those that occur …

The Compass to Your Financial Map

By Melissa Tosetti We’ve encountered a high volume of clients that have the habit of tracking their spending; but it’s not helping them because they’re missing the last vital step – to regularly review what they’ve tracked. Their spending has been captured, but the information that will tell them if they are on or off track is unused.  By taking …

Don’t Panic – But Do Act

By Kevin Gibbons Everyone talks about the importance of starting to save for retirement early in your life. There are countless articles and podcasts advising young earners right out of college (and even some talking to teenagers) to start saving right away. And make no mistake, that is good advice. But even if you are more advanced in your life …

Your Tax Refund & The 50/50 Rule

By Melissa Tosetti Were you lucky enough to receive a tax refund? If so, before you start planning on how you’re going to spend it, can I ask a personal question?  Do you suffer from Goldfish Syndrome? Let me explain. Over the past eight years, I’ve worked with clients who make $60,000 a year and regularly contribute to their 401(k) …

High Salaries Don’t Make You Rich

By Melissa Tosetti A high salary does not equate wealth. I pulled the line above from an article I came across titled: Why people who earn a lot of money still can’t pay the bills. The author, Steve Adcock, frankly confesses his own struggle and goes on to say: In fact, high salaries are deceptive. They make us feel rich, …

Getting Back on Track with Your Resolutions

By Kevin Gibbons We’re in the last week of January. That’s a good time to check how we are doing with our New Year’s Resolutions. Most behaviorists agree that 30 days is a good period for establishing a new habit. Whether you are on track or not, it is important to periodically check in. So, let’s talk about where we …

Spending Plans for All Incomes are Gaining in Popularity

By Kevin Gibbons Paul Sullivan recently wrote an article in the New York Times about how Merrill Lynch is helping rich clients budget “like everyone else.” Merrill Lynch’s Center for Family Wealth Dynamics and Governance is creating a document for wealthy clients entitled “Considerations for Decision-Making around Expenditures.” They have found that their wealthy clients are looking for help determining …

The 9 Savvy Money Habits

By Melissa Tosetti Success lies in good habits.  If something is a habit, it’s routine and the repeat of that routine builds to success. Over the years of working with clients to help them turn their day-to-day financial situation around, we’ve identified nine habits that are key to start living and sustaining a Savvy lifestyle. While the majority of the …