Most people say they want a better understanding of their retirement finances. Yet, these same people invest more time planning their annual vacation than designing their roadmap to retirement.
To illustrate this, here's a true story from my childhood.
As a child something didn't add up for me.
I had two close friends and both families handled their money differently. They had similarities, like both dads had similar jobs at the same company and neither mom had a paying job.
Yet one family always seemed to be in a financial crunch, and the other seemed relaxed and ready for anything.
“What’s going on?” I asked my parents one day.
“At Tom’s house, they’re always arguing about money, even if it’s just for a pair of shoes or to get the car fixed. But at Jim’s house, there’s enough for all that and a lot of fun stuff too.”
“Well, Jim’s family probably budgets, plans, and saves,” my dad told me, “and Tom’s family maybe just spends everything and doesn’t set anything aside for emergencies, so when something goes wrong they don’t have any money for that.”