You’ve heard the saying that time is money. It’s a great motivator. But the problem is most of us don’t have a clue just how expensive time really is. A simple calculation can show what your time’s really worth and how hard you have to work to buy things. Our host, Kingdom Advisors President Rob West, says the answer may change your spending habits. To find out what you really earn per hour, take the total or gross amount from your last return--that’s at the top. Then subtract anything you paid in taxes (including Social Security and Medicare taxes plus the income tax you paid). You’re left with your net earnings. Let’s say you earned a total of $50,000 and you paid $10,000 in Social Security, Medicare, and income taxes, leaving you with $40,000. Now you divide the $40,000 by 52 weeks and you get $770. That’s what you’re netting in a week. Assuming you work a 40-hour week, divide 770 by that number and you get $19 an hour. That’s your real hourly wage. Of course, if you typically work more than 40 hours-a-week it means you earn even less than $19 an hour. All of that helps by letting you know what your time is worth inreal dollars. Once you know this you can begin to see how long you have to work to buy something. Let’s say one night you’re tired and don’t feel like cooking. You pick up some fast food for the family which costs $40. But when you realize you have to work more than two hours to pay for that meal you’re much more inclined to spend one hour making it yourself at home and cleaning up afterwards. When you know what things really cost, it can change your spending habits. You’ll be far less likely to give in to impulse spending. This is sometimes called value-based spending. You can make this discovery work for you just by cutting out impulse spending. Now that time and money have become more important to you, begin to spend them in areas that have more value like paying down debt or building an emergency fund. You could also start saving for your next car or invest for retirement or the kids’ college. Grasping the concept of value-based spending will do something else, too. It’ll make you want to overhaul your budget because you’ll suddenly find yourself with more money. You’ll be able to cut back in some categories and re-allocate money to other areas that’ll help you in the long term. You’ll be able to give more generously. Of course it’ll take time for all of this to happen, but it’s easy to get started once you’ve figured your real hourly wage. Just keep that number in mind before you make a purchase, it’ll help you decide whether it’s really worth your time. On today’s program we also answer your questions: --Both of my parents have now died. Their money to us is involved in trusts, split between my sister and me. It’s pretty heavily invested in good bonds (some at 4.8%), blue chips stocks, etc. I don’t anticipate having to use this money. Would like to pass it on to my niece's grandkids. What steps should I take to properly handle this? --I’ve borrowed $17,000 from my 401(k) but am now at the age where I can withdraw from it without penalties. But I’m worried about the market, not sure which way it’s going to go. Should I take some 401(k) money to pay this loan off? --I’m 64 and am collecting Social Security but my wife will wait until she’s 70 before she collects hers. What can you tell me about spousal benefits? --I have a healthy 401(k) and plan to retire next year. How exactly should I properly manage this money based on my goals and objectives? Ask your questions at (800) 525-7000 or email them at [email protected]. Visit our website at moneywise.org where you can connect with a MoneyWise Coach, purchase books, and even download free, helpful resources. Like and Follow us on Facebook at MoneyWise Media for videos and the very latest discussion! Remember that it’s your prayerful and financial support that keeps MoneyWise on the air. Help us continue this outreach by clicking the Donate tab at the top of the page.
How does your faith in Jesus influence your daily financial decisions? As believers, our faith must be the foundation of our financial stewardship, which is why we're excited to announce that the MoneyWise radio show is now Faith & Finance. Join Rob West and special guests as they address today’s financial questions with biblical answers. To be a part of the broadcast, call 1 (800) 525-7000 or you can email your questions to: [email protected]
The Bible warns about the sin of pride and the boasting that comes with it. And we find a parable in the book of Luke where Jesus warns about the problem of being proud in our possessions. On today's Faith & Finance Live, host Rob West will look at the consequences of pride in the life of the Rich Fool. Then he’ll take your calls and various financial questions. See omnystudio. com/listener for privacy information.
Have we seen the worst of mortgage rate hikes? Are rates leveling off? What does that mean for the market as we head into the spring season? Those are all questions we’d like answered, especially if we’re in the market to buy a house. On today's Faith & Finance Live, host Rob West will welcome Dale Vermillion to help us find out what’s up with mortgage rates. Then Rob will answer your questions on different financial topics. See omnystudio. com/listener for privacy information.
It’s important to plan where you’re going, and financially, that plan is called a budget, which helps you decide where your dollars will go. But are there some dangers associated with budgeting? On today's Faith & Finance Live, host Rob West will talk with Chad Clark about the dangers of budgeting. Then, Rob will tackle your calls and financial questions. See omnystudio. com/listener for privacy information.
Each of us has an inner money manager. So, what happens if yours and your spouse’ disagree? On today's Faith & Finance Live, host Rob West will welcome Matt Bell to explain how couples who can reconcile differences about handling their finances avoid a lot of conflicts in marriage, and they do it by getting in touch with their inner money managers. Then Rob will answer your calls and financial questions. See omnystudio. com/listener for privacy information.
You might look like you’re doing fine on the outside, but how’s your heart these days? Perhaps it’s time for some introspection and some reassurance from God’s Word. On tpoday's Faith & Finance Live, host Rob West will talk about how we can do a financial heart check to make sure we’re living with the right attitudes when it comes to money and possessions. Then he’ll answer some calls and various financial questions. See omnystudio. com/listener for privacy information.