We keep losing power today and I was trying to type this out for the second time before I lost it again. Got going too fast. But I just double-checked the rest of my numbers and they’re all what they should be. Also keep in mind that debt-to-income ratios have probably gotten more restrictive since the financial nightmare of the last few years. Lenders who were anxious to lend in my day, are now working from the “once burned twice shy” position. So those ratios might have changed. But the general principle still stands – anything that potentially boosts your debt payments per month is a bad thing. Anything that cuts your debt payments AND increases your savings (ie, your safety net) is a good thing. Focus on those two latter items, and forget the credit card. It won’t help you, and may actually hold you back.
Categorycare & insurance
It’s so hard to budget future needs with the cost of health care & insurance such an unknown. We are super conservative with spending and saving – so I look at that and think we need to go to 2% for be sure. J
We would like to travel, wouldn’t downsize any time soon… We live off our income, but we save a lot of it too. No pensions (do anyone but government employees get that these days? J) and I hate to even rely on Social Security in future.
Thanks for giving me stuff to think about.