Saving some of your earnings by living below your means is a key to successful investing. There are many ways to find money to invest, such as living simply so you’ll save more money and developing a career so you’ll make more money. The Earning and Saving category equips you with practical tips for spending less and earning more.

Planning with a Mortgage Amortization Schedule

A mortgage amortization schedule can be useful for: comparing my loan-balance calculations to the mortgage company’s records; identifying when mortgage insurance should no longer be required; analyzing the impact of extra payments; and more. Here’s a downloadable spreadsheet that you can use for planning purposes.

Compound Interest, How It Works

You may have heard that you should invest as early as possible in order to take advantage of compound interest. The younger you are when you begin investing, the sooner compounding can (possibly) start and the sooner exponential growth can (potentially) happen. Here are simple and easy-to-understand illustrations of how the math works.