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6 Money Lessons to be Learned From HOME ALONE

This post is the most fun (literally cried laughing) I’ve had writing an article.  It combines two of my passions, educating folks on finances and HOME ALONE.  We all know Kevin McCallister as the resourceful young home protector.  The fact is, his troubles with the Wet/Sticky Bandits can also teach us a few valuable financial lessons.  Here it goes…

ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN

Whether it is safeguarding your parents’ suburban home or planning out your financial future, you should always have a plan.  Most people wouldn’t even go on vacation without planning out a list of what to take but 34% of Americans have done nothing to plan for their financial futures.

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 DON’T BE AFRAID

It’s not easy to take control of the household finances.  If you have any fears about finances, you’re not alone.  It’s completely normal!  Your best bet is to just face your fears as early as possible, like Kevin…

Well, at least he tried!

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE

Seems simple, right? But over 10% of Americans are without any health insurance!  You never know when an unexpected injury or illness can occur, so it is important to be covered.  Healthcare.gov open enrollment for next year ends January 31, 2017.  If you aren’t covered by an employer plan, it’s not too late to get covered.  After all, you never know when you might get hit in the head….with a brick.

I mean things happen, right?  You may even get electrocuted, or worse, catch on fire!

BE MINDFUL OF SPENDING 

One of the very basics of financial planning is to spend less money than you make.  Credit cards can be a very useful resource at times, but many let their spending get out of control.  The average household in the U.S. has over $15,000 in credit card debt.  It’s always best to establish a budget and to be mindful of your spending.  Don’t be like Kevin, who decided to ball out on his dad’s dime…

 

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LOOK FOR GOOD DEALS

I don’t know about you, but I’m all about Groupon and other daily deal sites.  There is nothing wrong with using coupons, Groupons, or any other ‘ons to save money.

Kevin was 8 years old and he knew to use a coupon…

GET SOME HELP

We all like to try things out ourselves, first.  But life happens and things start gaining priority over our finances.  It is important not to neglect your financial planning.  Hire a professional.

Everyone needs a little help along the way.


I hope you enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed writing it.  I always laugh watching that menacing kid take down Marv and Harry.  Who knew he was also teaching us some valuable financial lessons?

Thanks for reading,

The South Bend Shovel Slayer

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Nick Vail is a co-founder and independent financial advisor with Integrity Wealth Advisors in Indianapolis. He started Remove The Guesswork to empower people to stop guessing when it comes to their finances and to start PLANNING. You can learn more about him here. Are you interested in working with Nick?

2 Comments

  1. Mitch Mitchell December 19, 2015 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Great stuff, especially the one about health insurance. I write about that one all the time, yet I notice very few people mention it. Planning and budgeting is always important as well; if you don’t know what you have the you can’t manage your money.

    • Nick Vail December 22, 2015 at 10:19 am - Reply

      Mitch, thanks! Unforeseen expenses are often too neglected in financial planning. Cash reserves and budgeting are a must.

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