10 Free Calculators to Help You Handle Your Personal Finances

by Guest Blogger on 2008-02-2217

Ooooh. Calculators galore! For the money nerd in you.

Gone are the days when all that we had to do was balance our checkbook once a month to keep track of our money. It seems like our financial affairs have grown more complicated in lock step with the rest of our modern lives. In the world of personal finance, we’ve seen new tools emerge to help us with our money management, while we do away with older habits. For instance, who still writes checks? [Okay, I still do, but not as often as I used to!]

However, your situation may have complicated itself (hopefully in a good way) to the point that some external assistance is necessary to keep things in order. If you haven’t quite reached the point that you can hire someone else to organize and analyze everything for you, then these simple tools will help you do it yourself. They are easy to access, easy to use, and best of all, easy on the budget.

Net Worth

Figuring out what you have is as good a place to start as any. This net worth calculator will not only help you determine your current net value but it can help you determine how it can change over time.

Life Expectancy

Now that you know how your finances will change over time, it might be useful to determine just how much time you’ve got. This calculator will estimate your life expectancy based on aspects of your current health and the lifestyle that you enjoy. Is this a bit morbid? Well, sure it is; but it’s also dead useful.

Earning Potential

Now that you know how long you’ll live, try to determine how much money you’ll earn over the course of that lifetime.

Cost of Living Calculator

If you’re considering a career move that might also result in a move across the country, use this calculator to figure out the actual financial benefits. It will help you compare the overall cost of living between various cities so that you can take this important information into account when finalizing your decision.

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Home Budget Analysis

This budget analysis tool will ascertain the reality of your spending habits. Once you are able to track how your money is coming in and where it is going, you’ll be able to get your expenses under control.

Human Life Calculator

What is your economic value? Another way of looking at it is to ask: what is your life worth? This calculator uses a variety of criteria to assist you in determining the amount of life insurance that you should be carrying as part of your portfolio.

Retirement Planner

This simple calculator will help you keep your overall retirement plan right on track.

Social Security Benefits

You’ve been paying into it for years, so why not find out how much you can expect to get out of it when your time comes? Use this tool to estimate how much you’ll be getting back from Uncle Sam.

Roth IRA Calculator

Here’s a calculator to see how your Roth IRA investment grows with time. It compares your Roth IRA amounts against its taxable investment counterpart during the same time period.

457 Savings Calculator

457 plans are like 401K plans, except for government workers. For those who are eligible, using this calculator will help you determine if investing in a 457 savings plan could result in a more secure and more enjoyable retirement. With generous employment matches all the way to age 65, it looks like a pretty sweet retirement for those who go this route!

 

This guest post was written by Heather Johnson, a freelance business, finance and credit writer, as well as a regular contributor for BusinessCreditCards.com site for comparing small business credit cards. She welcomes questions, comments, and freelancing job inquiries at her email address heatherjohnson2323@gmail.com

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Mrs. Micah February 22, 2008 at 4:48 pm

Heh 79.4 years. My parents’ health really pulled down my “score.”

RacerX February 22, 2008 at 7:26 pm

Great post! Thank you so much for the tools!

Colonel Cash February 23, 2008 at 5:37 am

Thanks for the information. I’ll be the life expectancy calculator is getting a lot of use with this post!

Super Saver February 23, 2008 at 5:49 am

SVB,

Wow life is getting complicated. Feels like too many calculators are needed to get a financial situation “right” :-)

Seriously, I think calculators can sometimes be misleading if one doesn’t understand the basis for the estimate or how to use the info.
In most cases, I prefer ranges and scenarios versus a single number. Hmm…probably a topic of a future post :-)

Silicon Valley Blogger February 24, 2008 at 9:16 am

@Super Saver,

True that without context, calculators may give you inaccurate ideas. But I guess having some idea is better than nothing. A ballpark financial figure is something I may still be able to work with. But you’re right, calculators may come across as a “one size fits all” remedy but I look at them more as simple utilities to enhance my financial projections.

Andy February 24, 2008 at 2:42 pm

Oh! – You missed out my favrote! http://www.whatsthecost.com Great for helping getting out of debt!

her every cent counts February 26, 2008 at 1:07 pm

love, love, love this post.

my favorite part “dead useful.”

That roth ira calculator inspired me to put $300 of my latest paycheck deposit into my 2008 Roth. Thanks!

savingadvice March 18, 2008 at 5:01 pm

I found the calculators very interesting especially the cost of living one, even if you aren’t really considering moving it is still very interesting to see the comparisons.

Harei June 8, 2008 at 7:33 pm

For your information, there is a great little online personal budgeting website that is totally free and truly anonymous. It lets you open your private budget account with just your e-mail and asks nothing more from you.

You are immediately given a great looking, easy to use straight forward budget page, and you can also generate monthly reports to your e-mail for safe keeping before end-of-month closing and starting a new month. The budget categories are not user modifiable but the set is very rich and flexible covering just about any practical category plus a few catch all miscellaneous category, not a bad deal for a free utility. And there is an instant super easy to use online users billboard that holds discussions among users and the developer too.

The website is at:
http://www.myexp.org/OOTD_gate.php

Happy budgeting.

EZ July 18, 2009 at 6:25 pm

My investment goal: keep asset allocation balanced. Maintain 70% equities to 30% bonds/ cash unless we get a significant correction. Then, go to 80% equities and 20% bonds/ cash. Otherwise, invest all cash over 30% at the end of each month at Zecco. com.

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