Tips & Tidbits

  • On average, home owners have a median worth of nearly $200,000 while renters are essentially living paycheck to paycheck, with only $4,000 net worth on average. And renters as a share of households are growing their ranks having risen by 6 million from a decade ago.”  Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist of the National Association of Realtors (NAR)
  • Adults under 35 living at home = 30.3%.  Under 35 Ownership Rate = 36.7%”       NAR Research, December 2013
  •  Have you overspent during the holidays? If so, you’re not alone! I have a few tips for catching up, and getting those credit cards back in line….  And, if you implement these ideas, it’ll go a long way to keeping your credit score squeaky clean, and help you build funds for the home you’ve been wanting to buy!

Here are 5 Steps (I borrowed these ideas from KeyBank ; ) to help get you back on track:

“Balance your budget“. If you’re saying “duh”, then think about trimming some expenses using these tips:

1)  “Pack Your Own”. Yup. Bring your coffee from home instead of stopping for a latte. Bring your own lunch for awhile. You’ll be surprised at how much you’ll save!

2 “Cut What You Won’t Miss”. Trim things like the little extras in your cable package, work out at home instead of at the gym or at your local community center, scale back your mobile service if you rarely max out your minutes, cancel subscriptions and get your favorite magazine copies at the library instead.

3) “Embrace Used”. When shopping for things that depreciate quickly, like cars, try re-sale!  Even for things like clothing, exercise equipment, and even electronics, (I just bought a brand new elyptical machine on Craigslist for $100.!!!) it can be the best way to go.

4) “Find Free Entertainment”.  Besides books & magazines, libraries also offer movies that you can check out, as well as books, video games & newspapers. Most libraries also offer Internet acccess on their computers for your use. Local high schools, colleges, art centers, and community centers offer low-cost or free concerts & plays.

5) “Clip Coupons and Dig for Discounts”.  Let’s face it. The Recession made coupons cool! Look for deals at your favorite restaurants, your grocery store, drug store… the deals are there… use them!