Skip to comments.Dave Says She Stole His Identity
Posted on 04/30/2013 6:51:42 AM PDT by Kaslin
I’m following your plan, and currently I have $14,000 in my emergency fund. What are essentials for three to six months of expenses?
Basically, you should ask yourself this question: What would it take to operate my household for a month? There are several different things that could be classified as “essentials,” but if you take those things and multiply the number by three, four, five or six, you’ll see how much money you need to have a fully loaded emergency fundof three to six months of expenses. This is Baby Step 3 in my plan.
Some people get really technical about exactly how many months of expenses they need to save in this range. And that’s okay. You can take a little time to evaluate things before moving on to Baby Step 4, which is investing 15 percent of your household income into Roth IRAs and other pre-tax retirement plans.
Believe me, it’s a great feeling to have a big pile of cash sitting there just for a rainy day. You don’t want to go nuts and make it so big that you sacrifice retirementor other important aspects of your life, but after a point you shouldn’t be too concerned whether you have three months or six months of expenses—or somewhere in between—saved just for emergencies.
Having a nice emergency fund, along with no debt, creates a wonderful sense of financial peace!
If a wife takes out a credit card in her husband’s name without his knowledge, and they get divorced, can the husband claim identity theft?
Absolutely! Unless they have power of attorney, anytime someone opens an account in a name other than their own, they have stolen an identity. Being married to someone doesn’t give you the right to sign their name to a document.
I knew a guy in the real estate business years ago who was doing a lot of property deals under his own name. Occasionally, the title company would require his wife’s signature, and he would sign her name on the papers himself. Sometimes he signed her name after calling her up and explaining what was happening, and she was okay with the situation. Then, he signed some papers she didn’t know about, and it came back to bite him. He was charged with criminal fraud!
You cannot legally sign your spouse’s name without first having power of attorney privileges. If you do, it’s called identity theft. It’s a crime anytime you lie to get money.
It is difficult to describe the peace one experinces by having no debt and a fully funded emergency fund. If you are working towards that goal, keep it up! It is worth it in the long run.
Dave Ramsey Ping
“Its a crime anytime you lie to get money.”
Unfortunately, this doesn’t apply to our lying politicians.
Baby step 5:
College funding for children
By this point, you should have already started Baby Step 4investing 15% of your incomebefore saving for college. Whether you are saving for you or your child to go to college, you need to start now.
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