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Tag Archives: Budgeting

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

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

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

4 Things Small Business Owners Should Do Before Fiscal Year End

By Odysseas Papadimitriou, CEO of WalletHub It might seem like the year’s just getting started, but it’s time to start thinking about the end, fiscally speaking, if you’re a small business owner. Most companies follow the general calendar and use December 31 to mark the end of a fiscal year. But many small businesses – plus nearly 25% of the S&P 500, according to company disclosures – stray from this norm, …Read More

Credit Card E-Statements: If You Go Paperless, Do It Right

By Ellen Cannon of NerdWallet You do everything electronically and rarely get anything you want by snail mail. You do your banking from your smartphone. Now your credit card issuer is urging you to opt out of receiving paper statements each month and switch over to electronic statements entirely. Should you? American consumers have embraced online banking since banks began offering it in the early 2000s. Electronic statements appeared shortly …Read More

Beware of These Financial Tricks or Treats

By Drew Kessler Halloween tricks or treats come along only once a year, but the consequences of financial decisions usually last far past the next spooky holiday. Options that seem good on the surface, if not handled properly, can have long-lasting negative consequences.To understand how a seemingly good financial move can work against you, the NFCC encourages consumers to review the following to see if their actions are resulting in …Read More

Make Sure Your Freshman Gets a Money-Smart College Start

By Nat Sillin You’ve worked to train your children in money management, but college brings a whole new level of financial decision-making and challenges. So before they are off on their own, review these topics to make sure they’re ready. Start with what college costs. On average, the Class of 2015 graduated with a little over $35,000 in student loan debt. Depending on your financial situation and how you’ve planned …Read More

10 Things to Give Up in Order to Save Money

By Lauralynn Schueckler No matter what your income level is, learning how to budget and save a little money each month is a valuable skill. If you’re dealing with a change in income, mounting debt or have exhausted your emergency fund due to an unexpected need, then saving will help you regain financial health. If you are struggling to find extra cash in an already tight budget, try giving some …Read More

Mission Possible: Budgeting With A Yo-Yo Income

By Mark Foster In our budgeting classes with adults, one question often pops up – “How do I budget with fluctuating paychecks?” If your paycheck amount yo-yo’s instead of staying the same each period, it certainly is more challenging to create a budget and make it work, but it isn’t Mission Impossible. Look at what your minimum paycheck amount tends to be and budget using that. Too many people do …Read More