Even Celebrities Have to Learn Their Financial Lessons

What do Ace Hood, Nicholas Cage, and Ed McMahon have in common?  All are successful celebrities who at one time faced financial ruin. What went wrong?  Without a doubt, they didn’t follow money management basics.  Anyone rich or poor can make bad financial decisions that can start a downward financial spiral.  At one time, Cage owned 15 homes, for instance.  Hood reported extravagant spending and … Continue reading Even Celebrities Have to Learn Their Financial Lessons

Thinking of Making a Medium-to-Large Purchase? Consider the Hidden Costs First

Before making a big purchase, consider the hidden fees with each. You may think you have enough money to afford the monthly bills, however there are often times many “hidden” costs we forget about.

  • Owning a home – utilities, furniture and ongoing maintenance are hidden costs many forget to consider. You may have enough to make your monthly payments on your home but what about having furniture? Will you buy the furniture all at once or will you tack this on to your monthly payment? Make sure you have a plan before making as large as a purchase as a new home. Other hidden fees to consider: moving expenses, homeowners association fees, landscape upkeep, closing costs, appraisal fees, home inspection, and pest control – just to name a few.
  • Buying a vehicle – this is one of the largest and most common purchases with hidden costs, besides buying a home. Before you decide you have enough to make your monthly car note, don’t forget insurance and other fees – this may seem obvious but some of us do forget! These include: gas (which depending on the type of vehicle, can be up to 50 or 60 dollars a tank and may require filling up weekly), maintenance (oil changes, tires, windshield wipers), batteries and required inspection stickers every year. Inspection stickers average about $15-$20 and oil changes cost about $40 every three months. Continue reading “Thinking of Making a Medium-to-Large Purchase? Consider the Hidden Costs First”