About Ben Wacek, CFP®
Ben Wacek is a fee-only, Certified Financial Planner who helps his clients steward their resources in a meaningful way for an affordable price. He uses Biblical principles as he works with his clients to budget, save, and give their money in a way that matches their goals.
Ben has more than seven years of experience as a financial planner and does not have investment minimums allowing him to work with clients of any life stage and net worth. He is based in Minneapolis but utilizes technology to serve clients across the US and around the world.
Ben loves working as a financial planner because of the opportunity that he have to make a difference in peoples’ lives. If he wasn’t a financial planner he likely would have chosen to be either a pastor or a teacher for a similar opportunity to serve others. It is incredibly rewarding for Ben when he is able to help someone develop a plan that helps them to achieve their goals.
June 1st marked the three year birthday of Wacek Financial Planning. A lot has been overcome to grow the business into what it is today and I can attribute very little of the success to myself – I have much to be thankful for.
It has also become somewhat of tradition for me to make an annual blog post that gives a few shout-outs sharing my gratitude.
Warren Buffett has amassed over $70 billion primarily through investing. Few argue against the fact that the 86 year old is the greatest investor the world has ever seen. I recently had the opportunity to spend an entire day listening to him and absorbing knowledge. The occasion, Berkshire Hathaway’s shareholder meeting, drawing over 40,000 to CenturyLink Arena in Omaha, Nebraska. As you can see in the cover photo that I snapped, to say that Buffett is a celebrity at this event would be an understatement.
Cars are expensive. The average American spends almost $9,000 per year per vehicle on repairs, fuel, insurance, taxes, and car payments. Add on that cars rapidly depreciate in value and it is quick to see why decisions about purchasing a vehicle significantly impact your financial picture. But you aren’t reading this post to be convinced that cars are expensive; you already knew that. Rather, this article focuses on the costs of car ownership that you can control. Namely, this article shares how to eliminate car payments altogether by paying cash for your next vehicle.