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Christmas in July

By Mark Foster It may seem crazy to be thinking about Christmas in July, but actually it makes good financial sense. We know Christmas will eventually roll around, so it’s wise to start planning for it now to avoid stressing out and overspending later. When people wait till the last minute and basically wing it, it’s very tempting to just start charging gifts on the credit cards because there’s not …Read More

Save Money on Gas

By Lauralynn Schueckler The cost of living continues to rise for the average American, forcing many to make drastic budget cuts and eliminate many luxuries from their lives. One element that is a necessary component in nearly every person’s life is the availability of a car. However, the rising cost of gas has travelers looking for ways to save money. Here are a few strategies that will help the penny pincher …Read More

Planning a Wedding on a Budget

By Jason Alderman Should a dream wedding mean delaying a down payment on a home? That’s a tradeoff many couples make these days. The Knot, a wedding planning and publishing company, recently released its Real Weddings Study of average wedding costs for 2014, setting a national average price tag of $31,213 (not including the honeymoon). If the average cost of a U.S. wedding now tops $30,000, that’s a substantial sum …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