I've come to be slightly obsessed with the idea of learned afflictions. These are things that aren't inherently problems, but that we've learned to feel inconvenienced by through years of conditioning. We all have them, and some of them may even be preventing you from reaching the financial success and stability you crave.
The mortgage interest deduction, the property tax deduction, and the capital gains tax exclusion are all potential benefits of owning a home. But they are all often overstated, sometimes nonexistent, and in all cases not a reason to spend more on a home than you would have otherwise.
More than any paid job I've had, I'm still amazed at how much relentless stamina and in-the-moment focus it requires to parent young children. My mental "I gotta take care of that later" list just keeps snowballing. But sometimes, it literally pays to stop, pay attention, and get a little organized. Here's how doing just that saved me $12,000.
The conventional wisdom is that if you're young or in a low tax bracket, you should contribute to a Roth IRA. But there are some flawed assumptions there, and the whole Traditional vs. Roth IRA debate looks a lot different when you actually run the numbers. Here's the truth so that you can make a more informed decision for yourself.