Thursday, April 29, 2010

Four Tips to Start Saving More Money Now By Pamela Yellen + Giveaway!!

Let's face it ladies..... there is no fabulous nothing when we have financial challenges. Saving is not my forte...but my moto has always been to make a strenght out of my weakness! So if you are like me, and you are eager to learn new ways of saving, the book Bank on Yourself is the one to read!!! This time we partner with FSB Associates to bring you an excerpt from the book plus a giveaway of it!

So if you if you are looking to learn new ways of savig...and still live a fabulous are four tips plus....a chance to win the book Bank on Yourself and keep learning more on your own!

How to participate on the giveaway:

* Get a cup of tea or coffee and read the tips (check the slideshow..!)
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So how do you build a bigger nest egg when times are tough? Following these four tips will help you take back control of your finances and "bank on yourself."

Saving Tip #1: Know the Difference between "Saving" and "Investing"

Wall Street and the financial planning industry have led us to believe that "saving" and "investing" are the same thing. However, they are not. The money you have in savings is money you don't want (or can't afford) to lose. Money you invest is subject to loss.

Most people today "invest to save," and as a result, have no idea what their nest egg will be worth when they plan to tap into it.

This is not a financial "plan," which the Merriam Webster dictionary defines as "a means of accomplishing something." It's gambling. And it has led to a nation of Americans wondering if they'll ever be able to retire, and what they'll have to give up in order to do that.

The typical equity mutual fund investor has actually been losing one percent per year for the past 20 years, after adjusting for inflation, according to the research firm, DALBAR.

Don't put money you can't afford to lose into stocks, real estate or other traditional investments. Before investing, ask yourself if your money didn't grow for 20 or more years, or even went backwards, could you live with that?

Saving Tip #2: You Don't have to Pay Down Debt before Increasing Your Savings

Often people think they must pay down their credit card balances and other debt, before they can increase the amount they save. But that's not necessarily true.

Case in point: A woman in her fifties who was paying $600 to $800 a month more than the minimum payment due on her credit cards. She discovered that by cutting back to the minimum payment and putting the difference into a guaranteed savings vehicle, she could have a nest egg worth around $50,000 more when she retires at sixty-five. I call this the "better than debt-free" way of managing your money.

Saving Tip #3: Look Beyond the Traditional Saving and Investing Methods

Consider proven and time-tested ways to grow a substantial nest egg -- without the risk or volatility of stocks, mutual funds, real estate, and other investments.

For example, there is an asset class that has increased in value during every stock market decline and every period of economic boom and bust for more than a century.

That asset is dividend-paying whole life insurance.

A dividend-paying whole life policy grows by a guaranteed and pre-set amount every year. In addition, the growth is exponential, meaning it gets better (more efficient) every single year you have the policy, simply because you stick with it.

This gives you some protection against inflation and provides peak growth at the time you need it most (retirement). And no luck, skill, or guesswork is required to make that happen.

Furthermore, there are options that can be added to the policy which turbo-charge the growth of your equity ("cash value") in the policy. When your policy is structured properly, you can use it as a powerful financial management tool from day one.

Once credited to your policy, both your guaranteed annual increase, plus any dividends you may receive, are locked in. They don't vanish due to a market correction.

These policies also give you peace of mind for retirement planning, because you'll know the minimum guaranteed income you could take in retirement, and for how long you could take it.

Saving Tip #4: Saving Doesn't Have to Mean Sacrificing

When you save up money in the kind of specially designed dividend-paying whole life policy I just described, you can borrow your equity in the policy and use it to make needed major purchases, and your policy could continue to grow as though you never touched a dime of it! (Not all companies offer this feature or type of policy.)

One couple profiled in my book hadn't taken a vacation since their honeymoon eight years earlier. They couldn't justify taking a vacation because they "felt those funds should be saved." And they hated the idea of putting it on a credit card and then having to pay all that interest.

Instead, they borrowed the money from their policy for a one-week vacation at a resort on the Mexican Riviera. They set up a schedule to pay back the loan to their policy over one year, and were thrilled, because "now we'll be able to take a nice vacation every year from now on with those same dollars. The key words are no guilt, because this is a responsible way to do good things for yourself that you wouldn't normally do."

There are many myths and misinformation about this powerful financial tool, and no shortage of experts who will tell you to avoid whole life insurance.

That's why I created the $100,000 Challenge. It lets you test your knowledge of the facts about dividend-paying whole life. And a $100,000 cash reward awaits the first person who has a different product or strategy that can match or beat a properly structured dividend-paying whole life policy.

© 2010 Pamela Yellen, author of Bank on Yourself: The Life-Changing Secret to Protecting Your Financial Future

Author Bio
Financial security expert, Pamela Yellen, is author of the best-selling book, Bank On Yourself: The Life-Changing Secret to Growing and Protecting Your Financial Future. For more information, visit: and to take the $100,000 Challenge, visit:

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Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

wow Sasha how interesting!!!

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

wow Sasha how interesting!!!

Daniella said...

So great! Some healthy financial advice is always worth reading up on... i'm totally interested!

ashlina said...

what a fabulous giveaway...i could REALLY use that book! ahem!


Dustjacket Attic said...

It sounds really interesting...mmm think we could all use good advice in this area!

Thanks for the link love,
xoxo DJ

♥Simply Seductive said...

Count me in! I'm a follower and will tweet about this great give-away. Thanks!

♥Simply Seductive said...

Just tweeted about the give-away!


Arti said...

Definitely interested!! =)

Simply Luxurious said...

It never hurts to be wiser when it comes to money. What a fantastic giveaway! I'm off to tweet about it. =)

Simply Luxurious said...

I just tweeted about the lovely giveaway!

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