Money Monday

There is no such thing as a free lunch

doorway ASDA blogOne of the most well-known ideas in the business world is: “There is no such thing as a free lunch.” What this really means is that when you decide to do something, there is always something that you could have done instead, but chose not to. The “thing you could have done” is a lost opportunity. You gave up something to do or get something else. This idea is known as “opportunity cost.” Read on to find out how opportunity cost can effect your financial future.

Loan money and emergency fund questions answered

emergency fundIn last month’s post, we reviewed the book, “Hot (broke) Messes,” by Nancy Trejos. We received several questions related to that review. We will try to answer them in the next couple months. This time we’ll answer 1) how much should you save in an emergency fund? and 2) can you borrow money for living expenses too and not just tuition and books?

Things you should never (or almost never) buy new

money mondayWhether you’re paying down student debt or saving for a dental practice of your own, it’s never too early to be money savvy. One way to save your pennies is to know when it’s the right time to buy something new and when something used will do just fine. The cost differences between new and used products can be huge and that means more money in your pocket. Read more…

Should you incorporate as an associate?

Taxes 1040 formAfter dental school graduation, many students begin to work in dental offices as associates. When a dentist begins to work as an associate, they may work as an employee of the practice or as an independent contractor. Typically, an associate will not have a choice whether to be an employee or independent contractor when they join the practice. If the practice has always treated associates as employees, they should treat any new associates as employees too; the same goes for independent contractor treatment. Read on to find out the pros and cons of each setup and find out more about what you’ll need to do during tax time…