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From WBRZ 2 December 30, 2015


Financial Promises for the New Year

 ANNOUNCER: Now WBRZ News 2 at 4:00.

ANCHOR BRITTANY WEISS: Next on News 2 at 4:00, taking care of those
fi nancial promises in the new year. Finance expert Jerry Linebaugh has some helpful
tips for you.

ANNOUNCER: You’re watching WBRZ News 2 at 4:00.

ANCHOR: Welcome back to News 2 at 4:00. Keeping those fi nancial goals for the
new year, well, it’s not so easy, especially if you plan to retire. Financial expert Jerry
Linebaugh joins us today. So what should we be focusing on in these next couple days
and into the fi rst part of the new year?

JERRY LINEBAUGH, JLINE FINANCIAL: Okay, so people have resolutions,
so one thing people say is, well, I just don’t know, I can’t save money because I don’t
know where I’m spending. That’s probably true. So the fi rst thing is let’s do, let’s create
a budget. But I’m a little bit different than most people. Okay? I’m going to tell you that
to create that budget, instead of trying to cut expenses cold turkey – because that’s
negative – let’s just start in January to February by saving your receipts. This is no
pressure. Everybody could do this. Don’t worry about cutting back from January to February.
Just monitor what you’re doing. Write it down. Save your receipts. And then you’ll
actually get your emotions involved because you’re going to be able to clearly see what
you’re spending money on. You’re going to be like, you know what? This is ridiculous. I
can’t believe we’re spending that here. That would be a very positive thing. That’s step
number one.

So step two, I would say let’s give the retirement savings a boost by getting rid of some
credit card debt.

ANCHOR: Oh, yes.

LINEBAUGH: People say, well, how in the world can you do that? I mean, come on.
I’ve got more month left than I’ve got money. So how am I going to do that and increase?
Well, it’s simple – strategy. Right? So the fi rst thing we’re going to do is we’re going to
make a list of debt. It’s three steps. Make a list. Seconds, let’s organize them for the lowest
balance, highest payment. And this is totally different than what most people would
tell you to do. But then again, an uncommon retirement requires uncommon planning.
Okay? If you get your emotions involved, then you’re probably going to continue this. So
if you pay off the lowest debt, highest payment, you’re able to get traction.

ANCHOR: Right.

LINEBAUGH: And this is going to stimulate you. So, hey, let’s do some more. Well,
we’ll take that budget and put it on the next lowest balance, highest payment. You’ll do
this and if you’ve got the fi rst step in line where you’re budget was already in line, you
know, from the fi rst step, this is actually – can be dumped straight into your retirement
plan with tremendous results for the future.

ANCHOR: Wow. Good.

LINEBAUGH: Now, there’s one more thing.

ANCHOR: Yeah, one more. What’s the third?

LINEBAUGH: Yeah, real quick. The third is incredibly exciting.

ANCHOR: [Laughs.]

LINEBAUGH: I tell you, I’m excited. So pensions versus 401K/IRA. What’s the difference?

ANCHOR: Sure.

LINEBAUGH: Okay. Well, fi rst of all, a pension was created as a defi ned benefi t,
whereas a 401K/403B was a defi ned contribution plan, no guaranteed income and it
wasn’t portable. That was a problem. Today you can start a private pension (outside of
work) and it’s portable. You actually can fund your 401K/IRA and your private pension-
-you can do both. So when you start up your (private) pension, you’re actually putting
money where you can’t lose it, get a guaranteed rate (in some cases). And then when
you start your income from your private pension, you can get increasing income. from
some designs.

ANCHOR: All right. Thanks so much, Jerry. We appreciate it.

LINEBAUGH: Pleasure.

ANCHOR: You’re watching WBRZ News 2 at 4:00.