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Start Your Holiday Planning Now

 By Mark Foster While the holidays might not be right around the corner, it’s still a good idea to start thinking about your holiday spending. To some, it might seem odd to start thinking about a holiday budget now, however planning sooner is better than later!    The holiday season rolls around at the same time every year, yet it still seems to catch many off-guard. Ultimately, waiting until the last minute to begin thinking about a budget can …Read More

How to Save on School Supplies

By Becky Winters, Grant Coordinator at Navicore Solutions School is in session, and you know what that means: Your children need backpacks, books, notebooks, pens, crayons, Kleenex and an endless supply of other school items. Here are some tips to help you save money this fall.    1) Give your children a school allowance –Even though school has already started, your kids probably still are begging for every bell and …Read More

5 Ways to Keep Bank Accounts Cool During Hot Summer Months

 By Tara Carter Temperatures are heating up this summer, but that doesn’t mean you’re spending has to increase with these hot temperatures. Here are 5 ways to help keep spending under control, and bank accounts cool this summer:   1) Set a Budget  Pay attention to spending habits so you don’t end up spending more than you earn. Over spending is a quick way to lead yourself into poor financial health and …Read More

An Introduction to 3% Down Conventional Home Mortgages

 By Henry Ochoa For the past few months, private banks have been introducing 3% down conventional mortgage packages. These 3% down mortgages are a way to get first-time homebuyers into a home with a low down payment, as opposed to having to pay the typical 5-20% conventional down payment. Low down payment mortgages are an attractive option for people who live in cities where rent is high and it’s tougher …Read More

Tips for saving money on your summer vacation

   By Steve Nitz With Memorial Day weekend – the unofficial start of summer out of the way, millions of people across the United States will be travelling to various hot spots for their annual summer vacations. It’s always a great experience to visit different towns, beaches and national parks, but vacations can get expensive, especially if you’re taking the entire family. With that in mind, here are five ways …Read More

Soon to be Dads: Preparing for a New Baby

By Tara Carter Congratulations, you’re having a baby! Planning for a new child can be fun and exciting, and making sure you’re financially prepared is a huge part in ensuring you’re ready to bring baby home. One of the most important things to do when getting your finances together is to SAVE! Having money saved is not only smart for emergency purposes, it will also ease the stress of having …Read More

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

Making Sure Loved Ones Are Prepared for Their Retirement Years

By Jason Alderman If a senior relative faces a sudden, debilitating illness or starts losing control of everyday finances, would you know where his or her retirement, estate and long-term care issues stand? If the answer is no, you’re not alone. In many families, it takes a crisis – a prolonged hospital stay or problems at home with neglected maintenance and bills or even evidence of fraud – to instigate …Read More

Starting Roth IRAs for Your Grandkids

By Jason Alderman Grandparents are notorious for spoiling their grandkids, but sometimes a more strategic approach to giving money can provide grandchildren a much better financial start. A 2012 MetLife Mature Market Institute study reported that 62 percent of grandparents provided financial support or monetary gifts for their grandchildren. In light of the recent economic downturn, some have indicated increased pressure to help out, says the study. If you’re seeking …Read More

Will Your Kids Inherit Your Debt?

By Jason Alderman Many people finally get around to writing a will in order to safeguard their assets for their heirs. But what if you’ve got the opposite problem: Your nest egg was decimated by the recession, bad investments, or simply living longer than expected and now you’ve got a mountain of bills you can’t pay off. Will your kids inherit your debts after you die? The short answer is, …Read More