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Financial Plan B

When disaster strikes, do we have a Plan B in place to protect our loved ones?

“My husband suffered a stroke this past week. He’s going to be in the hospital for a long time.”

I was so shocked to get this email from a student’s parent over the weekend. Her husband is only in his 40’s. He is a talented software engineer making a decent income to provide his family a very nice and comfortable living.

Within less than a month, so many people’s life got turned upside down. The news came faster than I can take in … students’ parents involved in car accidents, illness like stroke, cancer; the devastation from Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria; Earthquake in Mexico; etc. I am feeling heavy-hearted!!!

What is Financial Plan B?

Many people think that I have life insurance, medical insurance, car insurance, mortgage insurance, accidental insurance, my family is protected.

You might want to think again. Do these insurance policies pay for monthly mortgage, grocery, bills, and the best education that you always want to give your children? Insurance, disaster relief fund, donation can only go for a short period of time. The rest of the life relies on ourselves.

Financial Plan B is an alternative income source that can provide us some extra cash flow every month. When anything unexpected happens and cuts off or dramatically reduces the main income source, we can have a piece of mind. Many ways we can start our Plan B. Of course, the sooner we start, the earlier we can have a solid plan B in place when needed.

Is there an easier way?

“Hansel and Gretel contributed equally to pay for a $238 watch for their father. Hansel used 2/5 of his savings to pay for his share of the present and Gretel used 1/6 of hers to pay for her share. What fraction of Gretel’s savings was Hansel’s savings after paying for the watch?” Most likely you can solve the above 5th grade math problem. How many steps did it take? One step? Great! – simply change 1/6 to 2/12 🙂

Often, solving life problems are just like solving math problems. There are always many ways to get to the final solution. You prefer using Algebra with equation to solve. That works. Yet, one needs to have some Algebra skill. Others might prefer to figure out dollar amount going thru multiple steps of calculation. That works as well. It just takes longer time. There is no right or wrong way. But there is an easier / better way or a harder / longer way.

Same as for Plan B … INDEED, THERE IS AN EASIER WAY. Email me, if you would like to find it out. mathplus_ats@yahoo.com

IMPORTANT! — Having a Financial Plan B in Place

Having a Plan B in Place to Protect You and Your Loved Ones

I have been taking many ordinary things for granted, like getting off bed in the morning, walking, sitting, and getting in and out of cars. Now, every morning when I get out of the bed, every step I take, I appreciate it wholeheartedly.

We watched these stories every day on TV, on internet. I have never really thought too much about it until something happened. First couple of weeks in June, these everyday activities were huge challenge to me!!! Why?

About a month ago (in May), on a raining day, I slipped on the stairs. It happened in a split second. Before I could react, my tailbone hit the stairs hard. The first week after the incident, I was okay. Then it went downhill – my lower back pain got worse and worse. Finally, I decided that I needed to see my doctor.

When I walked slowly and in a very funny / painful way toward doctor’s building, I saw a lady struggled to get off a car and walked slowly toward the same building. We looked at each other for a few seconds and laughed. We are long time friends, just haven’t seen each other for some time. She asked first: what happened to you? I told her I slipped on stairs. And I asked her: what happened to you? She said she was involved in a car accident, had the back surgery and now is going thru rehab.

That night, all these realities gave me a huge wake up call. I was doing so well. She was too. Then in a split second, I could be paralyzed, so could she.

Examples are everywhere. A good friend of mine has been the only finance source of his family. He is in top management position making a decent income. A couple of months ago, he found out that he has cancer. He and his wife are extremely concerned, not only for his health but also for the family and two young kids.

The reality is that anything could happen to any of us in a split second.

When disaster strikes, do we have a Plan B in place to protect our loved ones?