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It’s back-to-school time. Early August, really? Back in my day (aka “old geezer comment coming next”), we didn’t start school until after Labor Day! What is it with the here and now – it’s changing faster than ever, and it is simply hard to keep up! (Especially for us geezers, right?)
I’ve shared with you that we have a teenager in the house. She will be actively driving come next spring. She is polishing up her defensive driving skills in the meantime. I am asking my teen to put some money away to purchase a car at some point. I will help, but I certainly won’t be buying that Porsche she has a photo of on her smart phone.
Chances are good, that if we become a three-car family, there are some options we will look at – saving money for an old clunker (after all, I drove a 1963 VW bug back in 1979), seeking out a car loan for a little newer vehicle (also possibly translated as a “safer” vehicle), and my lender recently even enlightened me that I could roll a vehicle loan into my mortgage loan – for convenience, of course. I have a little time to consider the options, and see how well my teenager is saving money for her future transportation.
College expenses are going to be hefty, also, though we have a few more years. Finding money to set aside to help our daughter – go get those scholarships, young lady! – is tough. The 529 College Savings Plan is there to help us, help her. She will also need to have some “skin in the game” for school – it’s no longer “like it was, back in the old days.” But we will do what we can, by taking advantage of setting aside some money, and planning – for her future.
Also creeping up on me is my own retirement. While it is off on the horizon just a bit, I need to be accountable to have set aside enough money so I can live a retirement lifestyle I’ve dreamed of – you know, traveling with spouse, family, and friends! I want to live that dream, and so I have to prepare. I do my best to set aside money and contribute to my employer’s 401(k) plan. By putting some money there, my company matches me, in essence, giving me “free” money on top of my own contributions. But is it enough? That’s hard to say, so I, on occasion, I also talk to a financial adviser.
I encourage my spouse, who works in a small family business, to set aside some money in an IRA. We cannot rely on Social Security, if it will even be there, and so, it is important we spend time planning for our financial future. The future. It will be here before we know it. My goal is to be a financially prepared, old geezer.
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