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5 Things Every New American Should Know About Personal Finance

As the nation celebrates Independence Day, many Americans think about what it was like for the early settlers arriving on our shores for the first time. Those early pioneers faced much uncertainty when it came to basic survival and the ability to provide a secure future for themselves and their families. Today’s immigrants may not face such extreme conditions, but they do have some significant hurdles to clear when it …Read More

A First-Year Money Management Guide for the New College Grad

By Jason Alderman Getting a grip on finances at the very start of one’s working life can be challenging. Yet that first year out of school offers new grads an opportunity to jump on a lifetime of financial goals. As the nation’s full retirement age edges closer to 70, it means a 22-year-old college graduate has nearly 50 years to save and invest. That’s why solid money habits built early …Read More

Pinching Your Pennies at the Gas Pump

By Mark Foster Gasoline prices are inching their way back up again. Any time fuel costs increase, it takes a bigger bite out of a family’s vacation plans or their overall budget. The reality of increasing gasoline prices is that it can wreck a family’s budget. People who may particularly struggle more with increased costs are those on a fixed or limited income, those who drive a gas-guzzling vehicle, or …Read More

Americans Not Paying Bills on Time — and Why That’s Bad

By Erin El Issa Paying your bills on time can save you money. You’ll avoid late payment fees and penalty interest rates, and also maintain or build good credit, which can help you get approved for favorable loan terms. Yet, many Americans — especially those in their 20s and early 30s — struggle to get their bills paid on time, according to a recent study by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. Here’s …Read More

Money Saving Strategies That Fit Your Personality

By Jesse Campbell Squirrels have it easy. They have a natural instinct that tells them, “Hey, you need to start saving food right now if you want to make it through the winter.” It’s a behavior that’s born into them. They don’t have to motivate themselves to find nuts and stash them away. They just do it. As humans, we have many natural instincts, but saving money is rarely one …Read More

It’s Time to Spring Clean Your Finances!

By Lauralynn Mangis It’s here!!! I’m talking about the wonderful season called spring, of course. With this season comes a new hope, new life, rejuvenation, and everything feels renewed. Many people start the seemingly never-ending process of “Spring Cleaning” their homes, but what about their personal finances? Spring is also an ideal time to consider getting organized, simplifying your budgeting and savings process, and setting yourself up for financial success in …Read More

Spring Provides Opportunity for Tidying Up Your Finances

By Drew Kessler With spring approaching tomorrow the onset of fresh air outside means spring cleaning inside. Spring also is a great time to put your finances in order and save money in the process. The NFCC suggests the following tips for tidying up your finances. Get to know your credit report better. Dedicate spring cleaning time as the annual time to review your credit report, which you can get for …Read More

Options Besides Cable or Satellite TV

By Lauralynn Mangis Cable prices are getting pretty ridiculous these days. It’s not only the cable packages, but the pay-per-view movies as well. Satellite services can be just as expensive as cable television. Many people are looking for other options because their monthly bills are getting too costly. If you’re on a budget then your cable and telephone bills should be the first place you look to make some cut-backs. The …Read More

Credit Counselor Nitzsche: Once Helped, Now He Helps

By Cliff Goldstein Like a lot of young adults, Thomas Nitzsche was able to get approved for several credits cards with high spending limits when he was in his early 20s. And like a lot of people, Nitzsche soon found himself buried under a mountain of debt. “I always maintained good credit, but I was facing about $10,000 in combined debt,” Nitzsche says of that stressful period a decade ago. …Read More

Most Americans Can’t Survive One Month On Savings Alone

By Mark Foster The majority of Americans would not be able to survive for just one month on readily available savings if they lost their paycheck, according to a new report. A recent study from Pew Charitable Trusts shows a bleak picture of Americans struggling with financial stress. Although the national economy has recovered to some extent, American families are still greatly struggling. The study determined that 70 percent of …Read More