If you're reading this, I'm guessing you're a least a bit of an investing geek -- a Fool on the lookout for stock market bargains that you can buy low in order to sell high down the road. Am I right?
Thought so. And you're in luck!
Even after yesterday's Fed-inspired lift, bargains seem to abound. Baker Hughes
For the sake of comparison, the portfolio P/E of the S&P-tracking Vanguard 500 Index
Right hand, meet the left
Still, while that may be the bottom line when it comes to investing, the care and feeding of your financial life requires a comprehensive approach. You may be the world's best stock picker -- and if so, can we talk? -- but if you're paying an exorbitant interest rate on credit card debt or stashing your emergency cash in low- or no-yield savings vehicles (piggy bank, anyone?), you're simply giving back with one hand what you're gaining with the other.
That's also true when it comes to making big-ticket purchases, refinancing your home, and paying the IRS piper. The moral of the story? While you're busy combing the market for quality stocks trading on the cheap, be sure to keep the big picture of your financial life in mind, too. Doing so will increase the odds of achieving your financial goals and cut down on the amount of time it takes to hit life's proverbial back nine.
The big picture
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Shannon Zimmerman runs point on the Fool's Champion Funds newsletter service and co-advises Motley Fool Green Light. At the time of publication, he didn't own any of the securities mentioned above. Home Depot is a Motley Fool Inside Value recommendation. You can check out the Fool's strict disclosure policy by clicking right here.