Retirement Planning Washington DC

Like the pre-bandit me, many singles save little because they have only themselves to worry about when in fact, planning is even more crucial for singles because they must face every financial challenge independently. During my disaster recovery, I learned some money management tips (and other safety tips) that I think every single should consider.

Thomas Conway
Connemara Fee Only Planning, LLC
(301) 998-6595
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW - 7th Floor
Washington, DC
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, JD

Jeffrey Zures
Sanchez & Zures, LLC
(703) 349-0330
700 12th Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, College/Education Planning, Middle Income Client Needs, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA

Lisa Kirchenbauer
Omega Wealth Management, LLC
(703) 387-0919
200 North Glebe Road, Suite 812
Arlington, VA
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Advising Entrepreneurs, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Carolyn Walder
Lifetime Wealth Planning and Management LLC
(703) 519-1254
120 Waterfront Street, Suite 410
National Harbor, MD
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Financial Issues Between Generations, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Paul Cocozza
Cocozza Financial Planning, Ltd.
(703) 276-1243
3400 21st Avenue North
Arlington, VA
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Tax Planning, Real Estate Investments
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA

James Ludwick
MainStreet Financial Planning, Inc.
(202) 448-9032
1425 K St. NW, Suite 350
Washington, DC
Expertises
Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Middle Income Client Needs, Real Estate Investments, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Claire Emory
Clarity Financial Planning
(703) 465-5116
1655 Fort Myer Drive, Suite 700
Arlington, VA
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®, MA, MBA

Marjorie Burnett
MAB Financial Planning
(703) 528-3205
2739 N. Radford Street
Arlington, VA
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Middle Income Client Needs, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Tax Planning, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA, JD

Timothy Wesling
Wesling Financial Planning Services Corp.
(703) 535-8280
101 N. Columbus Street, Suite 402
Alexandria, VA
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Divorce Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, CDFA, CFP®, CMFC

Carolyn Walder
Lifetime Wealth Planning and Management LLC
(703) 519-1254
211 North Union Street, Suite 100
Alexandria, VA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Financial Issues Between Generations, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Start Saving Strategies to Secure Your Finances

My first five years in New York, I led a good single life. Working as a technology and business consultant, I earned a nice salary which allowed me to enjoy nice dinners with friends, spend frivolously and not think twice about large purchases.

I was spoiled by a solid job market within a bullish industry and did not max out my 401k let alone contribute to it nor did I set up a savings account despite the consistent pleading of my parents.

Then a move uptown came when the movers politely drove away with every last item I owned, never to be seen again. It may be hard to comprehend but a robbery was one of the most valuable life lessons I ever received.

Like the pre-bandit me, many singles save little because they have only themselves to worry about when in fact, planning is even more crucial for singles because they must face every financial challenge independently. During my disaster recovery, I learned some money management tips (and other safety tips) that I think every single should consider:

1. Learn to live within your means:
Whether it is expensive purses or the latest must have electronic gadget, many singles tend to spend beyond their means. To live with a moderate mindset, learn to make conscious and realistic purchasing decisions. Keep track of spending in a journal and make smart adjustments on a regular basis. Your new found awareness will allow you to differentiate must-have purchases from those which are indulgences, keeping expenses at bay.

2. Set up an emergency fund: No one should ever have to deal with a robbery but face it, bad things happen all the time. Better to be on the safe side by stashing away some cash (at three to six months' income) in a high-yield savings account. Remember these monies are a safety net, so do not spend them on "shoegasms" no matter how good it might feel. The best way to avoid temptation? Leave those credit cards at home!

3. Be on top of bills: Timely payment is important but you must also be sure to review monthly statements from services and credit card providers. These days, you never know who has tapped into your accounts! So look out for cash discrepancies based on your monthly deposits and withdrawals as well as faulty expenses that may be charged to your account.

4. Keep Records Straight: Invest in a file folder and keep a copy of every receipt, warrantee, invoice or financial and medical statement you receive. This way you will be able to return items that have gone faulty, dispute fraud charges and be on top of deductions when it comes time to pay taxes. And though we don?t wish it upon anyone, be able to prove insurance claims should the time come.

5. Max Out on Your 401k: Start investing for retirement! Maximizing use of your employer's retirement plan or starting a simplified employee pension plan (SEP) if you're self-employed is important for singles as a way to save for their future while getting a valuable tax break in the bargain.

 

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