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Coming to you live from the headquarters of Ramsey Solutions and broadcasting from the car rental studio, this is the Dave Ramsey Show. That's where America hangs out to have a conversation about your life and your money. Sitting in for Dave this three hours this hour. Ken Coleman. Chris Hogan. Yes, sir.
Ramsey personalities and just all around pals. We sit about three or four feet away from each other in the cube every day, every day. We are here for you this hour to take your calls about your life, your money. We'll talk about your job, your income, because we know this. If you're going to get out of debt, your income is your greatest tool. And so we're going to take calls about it all. You know what this show is about?
You know why we're here. And I got some good news for you. The phone lines are open, eight eight two five five two two five eight eight two five five two two five. Chris Hogan, always fun to be with you. And we're going have some fun this hour.
Oh, listen to me. I am very excited because I know if you are here, you are going to give people some guidance on career. And if they're dealing with the tough work situation or you want to figure out what's next, what do you need to do, how do you begin to get a game plan in place to set yourself up for your financial future? This is the place to call. So career life, money, whatever it is.
Coleman, you and I have an opinion.
We do. And I've already been doing two hours on the Ken Coleman show about fifteen feet away, so I'm warmed up. What do you say we get after.
Let's get after it. Let's take a call. We're going to go on like this name right out of the gate. Maybe we're in New York City. We got Stella on the line. Stella, how are you? I'm well, thank you, how are you? Oh, focused and not finished. What can I do for you this hour? All right, well, I am 60. I still work full time. I'm working on a pension.
I don't have any retirement savings, OK? I did sell a home recently, and then I turned around and bought a condo that I'm fixing up, and I bought it outright. OK, I do have some money left over. Actually, I also need to get a car. So I have 20 sort of set aside for that. My annual income is about 40000. OK, so I have about I have about 70, about 70000 left over that.
I'd like to start something with respect to retirement. And I know that annuities are not supposed to be all that great, but I'm wondering if this wouldn't be a good thing for me at my age if I waited a few years. I've got this money sitting in CDs right now gaining interest. When did when did your CDs mature?
Next year. OK, so right now what you have is you have your money sitting in a hammock, OK? And the CDs Stello, what that means is it's not going to provide you any growth, OK? And so your pension, do you have an idea of what how much you might be getting each month through your pension? I don't. I'm still building it. OK, so I don't I'm not exactly sure. OK, so that's the first thing I want you to do.
I want you to begin to get your head around. What are you going to be looking at? What are you going to be living on? The smart Vesterbro will be able to sit down with you and kind of look at your pension plan and guide you there. The next thing you do, you do you have a vehicle right now.
I do that because about 250000 miles, 250 thought, what kind of car is this? It's a Toyota.
OK, well, those things will keep on going to say that ensures there's at least 250000 more.
Yeah, you can probably go to 400 with that Bakersville, but I plan to give this to my daughter.
Oh, OK. How old is your daughter? She's 21. OK, does she have a car right now? No. OK, so mindset wise, you sold this, you've got about 70 grand total, do you have an emergency fund outside of the 70 grand? Yes. How much this means that 15000, 15000, and so that is that a three month or six month emergency fund for you? That would be just about a six. OK, I'm proud of you.
You sold your home, bought something outright. So you do not have a condo or mortgage or any type on your home, correct? That's correct.
I'm proud of you, young lady. That is a good thing. I think you can earmark a dollar amount out of that to buy a car. But again, the bulk of that, you want to invest this money, the money that's in CDs, it's not keeping up with inflation, honey. And so that's the thing that makes me nervous. I would not necessarily wait around. I'm going to get connected and get this money going for me as soon as possible.
That way you can be focused on what it is you're doing as you move forward. Just be smart. Be careful, though. Don't have too many projects. You're trying to start inside of this home. You got this thing out, right? Put yourself in a good position. Now you want to keep growing? Yeah, she's going to go to mutual fund.
I did. I took I support as a part of the sale price and I got it kind of for like really cheap goods. I just took a whole chunk of it to to, you know, bring it up. Very good.
And I think that's smart. But yeah, you want to look at growth stock, mutual funds. That's the thing that's going to allow you to be able to grow money. And again, certificates, CDs, certificates of depreciation, as we call them. Again, they don't keep up with inflation. She mentioned something about annuities. I want to talk about this. Annuities are typically something that will provide you some some protection of the money. It doesn't provide growth.
And so oftentimes people will look at those if they've got a big chunk of money and they have money and they want it to just sit and just be there and be protected, then you could look at annuities. Variable annuities are a little bit different and allows some growth. But out of the gate, growth stock, mutual funds are going to be the way to go.
And realistically, I mean, with the amount of cash he's going to be put in there, she's going to see some real growth. I think one of the things I've been I've been at events with you for many, many, many years. And you get this question backstage or we're doing those hangouts, you know, am I too old to invest and can my money start to appreciate quickly? Well, obviously, there's a difference between being 30 and being older, but the reality is she can make some real ground in the next decade.
Oh, without a doubt. And Ken, it's it's real. I don't care how old you are, but you do need a game plan and you need to get started. Right. That's the thing. You don't want to push it off and try to wait because again, you know, and people will try to time the market. That's why I say day trading is a way to headache and heartache. You need to get a big bottle of Pepto and put a straw.
Well, hold on a second. Explain that, because I was getting to ask you this. There's a reason why we would tell Stella and everybody else to go with the growth stock mutual funds, Davis, you know, bread and butter advice on this as opposed to stocks. And, you know, I got a phone call from a friend, longtime friend, who said, hey, my mom, she's older and retired, get some good money set aside and feel like the stock market's so hot right now.
This is, you know, a couple of months ago when the thing was really young and I said, you can't do that. Got to be careful. Are you going to sit there and watch that? And that's what you're talking about. Talk about the risk there, even though that looks like you can put some money in the stock market and get a really nice return quickly. Why is that so risky?
Right. Well, you got a couple of things. As you look at the stock market, you've got to understand, it's a lot like going to the supermarket. There's some things you can buy at the supermarket that are good for you. There are things you can buy that aren't so good for you. The stock market's the same way. So growth stock, mutual funds is part of the stock market. Single stocks are also part of the stock market, but that's where it's volatile.
That's where a hiccup at ABC or anywhere else can cause these prices to plummet or skyrocket. And so people that are trying to time that what's going on, that's that day trading where you want to jump in and try to jump out, that's risky. And so can we tell people you want to invest? That's five years or longer. That's where I'm going to allow it to ride the roller coaster. But I understand at the end of the day, I've got a game plan, I've got focus, and I've got a long term high definition dream.
And when you do it that way with the smart Vesterbro in your corner, but it gives you some confidence, I'm already more confident. Well, that's a good thing. It's really good. Well, thank you. All right, folks, stay tuned because we're just getting started. More of your calls about your life, your money, your career. You've been laid off, furloughed, trying to figure out what that dream job is. We're taking all of those calls and it's right around the corner.
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Hello, everyone. You are listening to the Dave Ramsey Show on Chris Hogan, that co hosting. With me this hour is Ken Coleman and we are taking your calls on life, career, money, whatever is on your mind. But I want to remind you to also hunt us down on social media. OK, it's a quick hunt. You don't it won't take that long. I'm at Chris Hogan 360. You can find Ken at Ken Coleman. We'll take your questions on Instagram, Twitter, all the things that are out there.
But we want to take your social questions and you can look us up, obviously, at Ramsey Show. And speaking of Mr. Kim just talked about, he was doing a couple hours over there. He's got the Ken Coleman. So that's available every weekday on Sirius XM, your local radio station. And wherever you listen to podcasts, Coleman, you told me something the other day. How many how many stations are you on?
Well, in syndication, we're in 53 and hopefully headed to 60 pretty quickly. It's a lot of fun and a big thank you to all the Dave Ramsey affiliates that have given us a chance to bring some purpose to talk radio. So we're having a blast. Let's not forget the Chris Hogan Show, also available on YouTube, Apple podcast, Google podcasts and Sirius XM. So, I mean, you're making things happen. You're you're my YouTube hero. I'm trying to get those YouTube numbers up.
You're setting the pace, man, but you're doing a lot of fun stuff over there as well. You know, this is fun. I've never asked you this. Of course, we're sitting in for Dave Ramsey this hour. But when you're doing the Chris Hogan Show.
What do you love most about that show and the conversation you're having with your audience, what what's uniquely different about it?
I think it's the lens of being a coach. Yeah, meaning that I always want people to believe that they their futures are in their hands. They can build wealth regardless of where they come from that it's possible. And so my show is literally like a football practice in the financial world. And so we're digging in and I will call out crazy and I'll call out stupid, but I'm encouraging people as well. And so I want people to have the right information so they can do the right things for themselves.
The only thing I would say is that if if you're listening to Chris Hogan show, be aware that he could get you to a point where you want to tackle somebody and that's not OK. Let's tackle something.
Yes, you can. All you do is just do it the right way, take them down hard and get up, run and they won't know.
I can't endorse this behavior.
Hey, listen, if you're out there, call in. I promise we won't tackle you. The number to call is eight eight two five five two two five. Again, that's eight eight eight eight two five five two two five. All right. We got Ashley. We're going from we went from New York. Now we're going to California. Ashley, what can can I do for you this hour? Hi, Karen. Hi, Chris. My husband and I just started the baby steps, we cut up our credit cards were both in one hundred percent, but now we don't agree with where to go.
We are due with our fourth baby in November. Our surprise baby, we have an SUV right now, but we owe seventy nine hundred. We met at the dealership. They're willing to give us around 14 to 15, but we need AVAM and I don't really know what to do from there are only other sixty eight hundred dollars in credit card and my husband's income is around eighty five to one hundred five thousand a year.
OK, gotcha. So the baby is coming with. Ashleigh, when is the next baby do? And baby is due in November, in November. OK. Got to ask this quick before you start rocking through the numbers, you said there's some disagreement. I want to know what position you're taking nationally and what position Hub's has taken. I feel like we need to know this.
Yes. And actually, you have to guarantee that Ken and I get to decide for you all today.
Oh, whoa. I thought I knew you guys would decide. OK, all right, good. I like this move my daughter.
I want to save cash and just, hey, come in with whatever cash we have and say, let's roll over. And we're looking at it like a six thousand dollars billion since you don't really have too much credit card debt. We don't want to buy like a thousand dollars. Hmm. But he wants to just pay aggressively down on the car. But I'm worried that if we paid him on the car, like whatever money extra we're paying, we're not going to really be getting that back and we could be moving that towards the credit card instead.
So I don't know if we should save cash to pay down the negative words. I don't know if we should just pay down the credit card and just deal with the car somehow. I don't really know how I can do that. Might or might not get anything back.
I want to ask yourself.
No, no, I interrupted you. But but I want to know something critical. Walk us through the numbers. He's a numbers guy. I have an idea where he's going. But I'm curious. You said you have an SUV now, so tell me why you really need a minivan. What's the. And I'm not trying to I'm not trying to talk you out of it. I just really want to know why you feel you have to buy the minivan.
So we have a great team. We have our first kid coming and it's that pilot seats in the car. So I cannot say three car seats in the back. And I still have I have I have three kids, three and under. So I still have to buckle them. And maybe I have to get to the back of the car and a double stroller doesn't sit in the car and I could get groceries.
And obviously you made your case. She is pulling out all the things I just needed to know because why would you all get a mini horse? Yes, a dog like run.
We got him when we had one kid said, OK, well, here's the thing. I think, you know, so your husband wants to attack that wants to attack the credit card, hold off on buying a car. You're saying, hey, we need to move forward and get this minivan done now. Right.
OK, fine with trading in the van. He's ready for a van, but his worry is he wants to pay down on the car.
He wants to increase the payments on the car, rather.
I would rather see the cash. And then whenever we walk in, because it seems like everybody doesn't seem to want to give us a loan for like an extra two thousand dollars. I don't know if maybe I should just throw it out on a credit card.
I don't know what. Or did you just say, hold on, what did you just say? We have cut the credit cards, but we're financing through my institution here.
OK, you just pump the brakes right there because you said something about credit cards. You just stop that. Listen to me. You guys are on the same page and being intentional with what you're doing. You said that the SUV right now, they would give you 14 to 15 for it now, is that correct? Yes. And the payoff on that is seventy nine hundred dollars.
Is that correct? Seventeen thousand nine hundred. Oh, I heard seventy nine. OK, all right. So mindset is this. You've gone through all the scenarios in your head of why you need the van. Yesterday, I would say take a deep breath here, OK, this is your income stable right now. Yes, my husband's in Kansas. OK. All right, let me ask you this. How often is it that you, the mini horse and the other three kids and your husband are all in one vehicle?
How often is this?
Not quite often. How many times out of a week we like to get out out of the week? I would probably say like once a month, OK, once a month.
So let can we agree that the need is not urgent?
Oh, no, it doesn't need to be right this weekend. But I'm just trying to imagine I'm a stay at home mom, so I'm taking my kids everywhere all the time. I understand I can't get to the backseat without taking a car seat out to get to the box and buckle up my youngest. OK, but here's my question.
All right, let's let's just run the numbers, because I assume you and your husband have talked about this before you called. So your plan is is to save cash between now and right before November for the minimum. His plan is is to put as much money as possible into the current SUV. And if I'm doing my math right, there's about twenty nine hundred thirty two hundred dollar discrepancy. So the amount of money have you run the numbers out? Because I think Hub's plan actually would pay down the car to where you don't have to get a loan and now you're at a wash and you guys go a little bit longer, three or four months longer.
That that would be my strategy. No, I don't think you have to have the minivan in November. But I like the husband's plan because you can pay that now. Was that what you were going to say?
That's exactly what I was going to say. And actually, you guys talking about this together as you walk through it, we've just validated that, hey, it's not something that's urgent, but it is a priority. And so now what do you do? What are things you all can do to bring in this extra money? Right. What are the things that you look at and you've got to say no to some stuff in the budget. You've got to begin to look at this and say, hey, you know what?
We're not doing this eating out thing or we're doing X, Y and Z. And so beginning to look at this. If you guys are in agreement on the priority of the van now, it's a matter of how do we attack this SUV. Right. And how do we begin to be very intentional and we're safeguarding all extra money coming in. So killing are in agreement. You can do the van. It's just not a priority of something needs to be done right now.
I would just add one more quick thing. Rover doesn't care if he's on the family trip or not.
He really doesn't get him a giant Bohjalian and let him play with the bone. It's only going to cost you about five, ten dollars.
And that is a horrible name for a Great Dane rover is for like a small Chihuahua. You need to come up with a big name like Brutus. Oh, this is a Great Dane name. Goodness gracious, Coleman. You can't name pets. I'm going to come up with a name next segment. Absolutely. Great Dane, I'm disgusted with you right now. Kim Goldman, this is The Dave Ramsey Show. Welcome back, America. You're listening to the Dave Ramsey Show.
I'm Ken Coleman, joined by Chris Hogan this hour. As we take your calls, we are Ramsey personalities. Thanks to Dave's unbelievable belief and generous support best selling authors. It helps when Dave Ramsey helps put a book out for you, doesn't it, Chris? Oh, yes, it does. It helps.
But we are here to help you and we love it. Both of us have our own shows is a part of the Ramsey network, the Ken Coleman Show in the Chris Okonjo. We spent hours and hours coming up with those names.
A lot of creative force put into those show names. But we would love to talk with you two eight eight two five five two two five triple eight eight to five five two two five. What are we talking about? Well, obviously, Chris is going to specialize in money in retirement, but he knows a whole lot about what I talk about as well.
And that is working on purpose. Purpose in your life and your work. What were you created to do? What's that role? What's that sweet spot in your work where you do work that you're good at, that you love, that produces a result that matters deeply to you. So we are taking your questions. Let's talk life. We are ready to go, Chris. Let's get after it.
Absolutely. Before I do that, Ken, I don't want to pass over it. But if you're out there in a career or you're in a position and you're thinking I need to make a change like this, covid situation has shown you the light and you go, I am ready. Ken, I've heard you skillfully and artfully guide people through the process to be able to help them uncover that and to gain the courage to take those steps so you can call in and konbit will help you as well.
And we're here. So this is what we're going to do. We're chasing down progress, people, OK? None of us are stuck. We just stop. So it's time to get started. Going to the phone. You don't steal it, COLEMAN. Oh, we're going back to the phones. We got Carter on the line. Carter, how can I help you today?
Hi, guys, thanks for taking my call. Twenty four years old, married first baby is due in November. I've been working for a small family company for about four years. I'm the only one who works there. He's not related, but I've received some invitations to apply for jobs that would probably double my salary and have better benefits. And I'm trying to decide if it's more important to stay loyal to this family that's invested in me and taught me a lot about work and life, or if I need to look for something better so that my wife can stay home with our baby.
Carter, I think this is a no brainer, but I want to walk you right up to your own answer. If these people weren't a great group of people, a wonderful family that is clearly believed in you, they have clearly invested in you. If you didn't feel that overwhelming appreciation and loyalty, would you even be asking me this question? If I'm right on the fence, it's really hard to say I go back and forth. Why?
What's causing you to question doubling your salary and advancing you and your career and helping your family reach a better financial position? What am I missing?
I think the biggest thing is I didn't have a great relationship with my dad growing up, and my father really felt some holes that I was really needing to just be a better dad and a better husband and a better person. So it's hard to believe that.
So that's deeper now because the loyalty question is a good question. It's high character. I appreciate that about you. But this is not about loyalty. This is a deep relationship. You you have a real love, not just appreciation for this family. And specifically, I'm guessing the owner or at least the guy that has really filled this father figure for you. Correct. Correct. Well, is there an opportunity for you to grow there with them? Do they have they shown you a ladder where you can eventually grow, not in just your responsibility, but your your income?
I've had a couple conversations and there's not a lot of room for growth there. It's in the ag industry. So with commodity prices being low, there's just not a lot of room for increased income.
Let me ask you this. Do you think that they will be happy for you if you tell them, hey, I've got an opportunity that can increase my salary tremendously?
Yeah, I think at first they'd be a little upset, but in the long run, they'd be happy for me then.
That's the answer. That means these are really good people, which you've already indicated they are. And will they miss you? Sure. Will they be happy for you? Sure. The answer is you take it. And this is just part of life. You know, this is like the way I look at this. This is this is like, you know, if you're a kid growing up and you move away some time, you know, maybe you're 10, 11, 12 or your high school years.
It's tough, it's hard, but it's life. And you're going to miss these people. But it doesn't mean that you're not going to be friends with them for the rest of your life and you will always be able to show them appreciation.
I think you take this and you take it with tremendous gratitude and you share with them how much they've meant to you. But I think if they are the people you say they are, they're actually going to be more happy than they will be upset.
Yeah. And Carter, here's the thing. I think, you know, I hear it in your voice and that level of gratitude. Boy, I tell you, that means something. But I want you to be crystal clear with what you're moving into, meaning, you know, the hearts and the spirits of these people that you've been with for the last four years. I want you to not only interview, but make sure your wife is involved, that you are spending time with this this potentially new company and really digging in and getting a feel for the culture.
It's one thing if it's more money, but is it the kind of culture you want to be in? What what price does that come with? You know, taken double that income. But I think, as Coleman said, as soon as you said and talking about how you can change your family dynamic, allow your wife to be able to stay at home and do what you need to do for your family, I think it's all a matter of how you handle it.
Talking to this company you're with showing extreme gratitude, letting them know how much you appreciate the opportunity and being there to help them in any way that you can. And if I were you, I would write a letter to this gentleman that's meant so much to you. What you don't want to do is let loyalty get in the way of your family. And I appreciate you calling in. And I hope that you're able to kind of see that and talk about your feelings about this with your wife so you guys can get on the same page and be in alignment.
Ken, this is you know, most people look at career stuff and they think it's just dollar amount, but it's not. There are so many intangibles that go into play in a place that you come in and devote. You sent us that not long ago. How many hours do we spend working in a lifetime?
90000 plus. So you start playing with that number and you make a very good point. And we are assuming that, you know, he's done his homework on this. But this is absolutely right. I get this phone call almost on a daily basis on the Ken Coleman show. And that is, hey, I took a job about six months ago or a year ago, and I know it's not the right fit for me. And almost every time I go, let me guess, you took it because it was a really nice pay bump.
And of course, because here's what happens when you get offered a job that is a pay raise. A couple of things happen. First thing is you feel really special. Somebody wants me. Yes. Forget the money right now, but we want you to come work for us. That makes any human feel good. The second thing that happens is you go, wait a second. This is the smart thing to do because it's more money. And so you think I have to do it.
And you bring a very good point. You do not have to take every offer that you get. It's got to be the right offer. That's exactly right.
Because, again, the intangibles. Is this an environment where you're going to be stressed out constantly? Is this a place where you feel included? Is there growth potential here? Does the company have longevity like you got to do serious? You've got to spend serious head work and heart work in this process and not go into it blind all the way to do this, by the way, people say, well, how do I figure this out?
It's very simple. I'll give you a couple of ways you can do this. So what Chris is recommending is that you're doing the investigation and the investigation looks like this. First of all, we want to go and we want to go to some of these employment websites and we want to look at is there a pattern of negative comments from past employees? We're not going take two or three because two or three negative comments could be, well, we get some people that should have been gone.
That's right. Right. But if we see a pattern of negative comments from people who used to work there, that's a massive red flag. Secondly, use your web of connections and find somebody in your circle who know somebody who works at Company X, Y, Z. And let me tell you what they'll always say. Hey, would you connect me to your friend of yours who works over there? I just want five minutes. I want to know what they think about the company.
Trust me, they're going to tell you.
They're going to tell you the negative or they're going to tell you the positive. So you can find out their thing is do some research online. What are their vendors say about it?
Oh, what a customer say about. Yeah, so I've just given you four areas where you can dig and find red flags on a company's culture, because I tell you this, Chris, if a company treats their vendors like crap, it's a good chance they treat their people like crap. If they treat their customers like crap, they probably treat their people like crap well. And so you can find this out. There's no excuse in 2020 for somebody to walk into a job and have no clue what kind of place they're walking into.
OK, wow. All right. You know what? When we come back, I'm going to have Coleman tell us what are two questions you can ask as you're interviewing to find out about the company's culture. What are some things you can ask? Go in armed and ready to roll. All people. We're here for you. Ken Goldman, Chris Hogan. This is The Dave Ramsey Show. Hello, everyone. You are listening to the Dave Ramsey Show.
I'm Chris Hogan and co-host hosting. With me this hour is Ken Coleman. And before we went to the break, we had a caller that was juggling between changing a job that would double their income. And we were talking about it's important to not only get a feel for the company, but learn more about the culture. And so I tasked Ken Coleman with the important job of giving us two questions during the interview process that you could ask to give you a feel for the company culture you're interviewing with.
So, Ken, I want to hear him.
Yeah, here we go. Now, here's the deal. Don't set these up. Just ask them because they're not going to see these coming. Most people don't ask these questions, OK?
First one is what kind of a person wins here in this organization? Just stop talking. That's all you ask. And it's just like just shove that right over. They're just going to leave that right there. Most people don't get asked that question, what kind of person wins in this organization? And what you're looking for is, are they really versed in being able to say a person who's this this business or are they really stumblin? Are the things they're saying, General?
One on one things? Are they showing some really specific things?
The second question is and you've got them. You've got them already. All right. And then you do this. Well, how would you describe the culture here?
Just push that one right. Just open ended.
Question it just because you don't tell them why you don't give them any hints on what you're looking for. See, because anybody can do that. But if you just say boom, tell me, how would you describe the culture here? And here's what you're looking for. You're looking for something that no one makes. You go, oh, I'm in. It should feel uplifting to you. Should feel a connection. I'm going, boy, I like that.
If it's just blah, blah, blah. And they're stumbling and they're trying to figure it out, that ought to concern you. Yeah, because a healthy organization takes this stuff seriously is my point.
And they're going to be ready for that, whether or not they're ready for it or not. If I ask you to talk to me about why you love what you do, you're not going to struggle. Neither am I. Right. Why? Because it's who we are. Right. And so culture, you're the definition of culture, Chris, is shared behaviors of a group of people. Yeah, that's right. If I walk into a company inside of ten minutes, I can tell you by just watching people in or I could sit in the meeting, I can watch people interact the hallways, feel it, you can feel it.
So that's that's how you get to the bottom of that in an interview.
All right. Tell those two questions one more time first. Write them down. What kind of person wins in this organization? Second question is, you look to the person who's interviewing and you ask them, how would you describe the company culture?
Very crucial step is once you ask that question, just let them think and process an answer. Don't bail them out. That's good. All right. We're back to the phones. The number to call is triple eight eight two five five two two five. Again, that's eight eight eight eight two five five two two five. Kelly is standing by. The phone lines are semi open. Call her with your question. We're ready. All right. We're going to Isaac.
Isaac is in Provo, Utah. Isaac, how are you today?
Better you guys. Oh, man. We're focused to not finish what's on your mind. So I'm currently in graduate school and planning to graduate next year and Somalia and baby step like three, be four and we have about thirty eight thousand in mutual funds that we currently have saved up for like a down payment on a house. And we plan to buy a house in the next year or two. And my question is just if I said cash out now.
And the reason I'm saying that is because at the beginning of the year, the mutual fund value is about like thirty six thousand and then dropped to like thirty one thousand with covid. Now it's back to about thirty eight thousand. And they've always kind of uses the analysis, like if you had thirty eight thousand sitting on your kitchen table, you know, would you go buy mutual funds with it to save for a house? And at this point I think my answer would be no.
Because of buying the house, I'm like, you're too right? I had thirty eight thousand. I'd probably just put in a savings account or something. That's right. I said because of that, should I sell the mutual funds now or socialism and then call them out when we're ready to buy a house?
Well, I think, you know, number one, you started off with how much in there? 31. Well, at the beginning, there was like 36, OK, 31 back then, and now it's up to like thirty eight thousand.
OK, got you. So you're at the point now we tell people you invest for five years or more, you save for things that are obviously less than that. So you've shifted from investing now to now saving because this window of time that you're about to move on the house is perfectly clear here in the next year. Are you all working full time?
Well, I'm currently in graduate school and that, you know, I get like a stipend. So it's kind of a work, like a salary. OK, is she working full time? Is she still at home with our daughter? OK.
Doesn't work. So you plan to graduate and what's your estimated income? You'll be at once you graduate. I was sticking around 80000. OK, OK. All right, because the reason I say that is it's going to be based on timing. So to answer your question, yes, I would definitely connect with the smart Vesterbro shift that money to a more of a savings not investing. Right, because you're done riding the roller coaster. Now you can see a window.
I'm also going to urge you your time frame of buying a home may be a little bit longer than a year. OK, just just mentally, as you all are looking at this, you want to buy if you're going to be still three years or more, you want to rent if you're going to be less than that. And so career wise, start to look at where you are, what you're doing at the time frame and the outlook. The next thing I would tell you is as you get ready to buy a home, reach out to a real estate Elby You do not want to make an emotional decision with a home.
It's a business decision and you want to make sure you get the right kind of guidance. So thank you, Isaac, for calling in.
One thing I want to point out to Isaac and his wife and a lot of young couples that are listening in today is that there is a natural inclination. It's almost like a societal pressure, if I could call it that, to buy a home quickly. And this is a situation where here's a young man, his wife, stay at home mom. You know, the child. They're young early on in their life, Chris. And I just think, you know, it's OK for you to say, well, do we need to buy in the next two years?
Is it OK to rent for two or three years? And I would tell you that it absolutely is OK. I think there's this mindset of, well, we can afford it, we can do it. And if we don't, we're not being responsible with our money. And I want you to speak to that because you hear that more than I do. But I got to tell you, Stacey, I, you know, call it 17, 18 years in a marriage.
When we first moved back here, we rented for two years.
Yeah. Now, I don't think I think the worst thing you could do was make a decision based on family or societal pressure. You've got to look at it and say, does this is this the right time for us? I can't tell. You can't. How many times as a banker back in my previous days, I'd see people coming and saying, well, our parents said it's time for us to buy our house or we've got friends doing it.
So we need to we're not falling for that. So listen to me. If you ever get to the end of the month, you have no idea where all your money went. You know, if you want to get ready to buy a home, I'm going to tell you right now, you got to get situated and take control of your money. Right. You need to know where it is. So if you want to take control of your money, you've got to be able to tell it where to go.
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But you get that focus and that discipline is huge. It really is. And there's a word there in the middle of those two patients. Mm. You know, in order to be focused, Chris, you got to be patient. In order to be disciplined, you've got to be patient. And in the good things come to those who wait. That's an old phrase that's been around forever and it's been around forever because everybody keeps saying it because it's true.
And so I can tell you good things come to those who wait. Get in, Ramsay. Plus, you will be sorry.
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