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Simple Steps to Creating the All-Important Emergency Fund

Key takeaways: You know that having an emergency fund in place is important. You understand that some unplanned expense always comes up. And you know that depending on a credit card (or worse, a payday loan) when these unexpected expenses arise is not a good idea. But with the cost of living, inflation and a […]
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What You Can Learn From Your Grandparents About Finances

Key takeaways Grandparents may be known for spoiling their grandchildren, but they can also offer valuable life lessons – particularly when it comes to finances. Some grandparents have lived a fiscally conservative life, saving for a rainy day and paying for purchases with cash, not credit. Many lived through recessions, periods of unemployment and excessive […]

Simple Steps to Creating the All-Important Emergency Fund

Key takeaways: You know that having an emergency fund in place is important. You understand that some unplanned expense always comes up. And you know that depending on a credit card (or worse, a payday loan) when these unexpected expenses arise is not a good idea. But with the cost of living, inflation and a […]

What to do When Your Insurance Company Drops you

Key Takeaways: What’s happening in Hawaii is not only sad and tragic, it’s creating a long road to recovery which will cost billions of dollars. And it’s been occurring more and more frequently in locations across the planet. Families have been displaced, businesses have been leveled, not to mention the horrific harm to wildlife the […]

Send Your Student Back to School Without Breaking the Bank

Key takeaways: As most parents know all too well, shopping for back-to-school clothes and supplies is an expensive proposition. According to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey, consumers are expected to hit a new record on back-to-school spending this year: Families with children in elementary through high school plan to spend an average of $890.07. […]

How Do I Determine How Much I’ll Need to Retire?

Key takeaways: If you’ve been thinking nervously about the prospect of saving for retirement, you’re not alone. What’s more, the options you have for calculating, investing and spending may seem overwhelming. But before you start throwing numbers into an online calculator or buying financial products or services aimed at retirees, take some time to consider […]

Building a Budget for Your Summer Vacation

Key takeaways: Summer vacation is a time-honored tradition for most Americans. Sunny days, long evenings, barbecues, and often, a trip. But before you get packing, stop, think and do some planning. A little budgeting can go a long way in ensuring a fun trip that won’t leave you financially strapped and stressed. Start by referring […]

How to Save on Major Housing Expenses

Let’s face it, owning a home can be a great way to build long-term equity, but it can also be expensive. Between the mortgage, utilities, taxes, repairs, maintenance, insurance and in some cases, lawn care and homeowners association fees, the costs can really add up. Here’s a look at how to save money on three […]

7 Financial Management Must-Do’s for New Graduates

It’s time again for new graduates to toss their caps high aloft, celebrate – and get down to the business of working and earning an income. Many grads have secured entry-level positions and are launching their careers. Others are still in the hunt and will land that first job soon. Next up: Getting the first […]

Seven Ways to Consolidate Debt: Which is Right for You?

Debt consolidation can be a confusing term. It really just means combining and downsizing debts so they are easier to repay. In effect, you’re getting all debts “under one roof” and at a good interest rate – and you can do so in one of several ways. In considering these common options, keep in mind […]

Last-minute Tax Strategies

If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, you’re not alone. In 2022, NBC analyzed IRS data and found that 43 million – or roughly 30% of taxpayers – waited until the three weeks before Tax Day to file their returns. With Tax Day coming up on April 18, we’re officially in crunch time. Here are some strategies […]

10 Side Hustles to Generate Additional Income

Are you looking to eliminate debt, pay down student loans or save up for a home renovation? Maybe you’d like to build up your emergency fund or you find that your budget is telling you your expenses are exceeding your income. A side gig – aka second job – is a great way to generate […]

7 Tips for Spring Cleaning for Your Finances

“Spring cleaning” may conjure up visions of decluttered closets, spotless refrigerators and dust-free baseboards. Just as you may give your home a polishing, spring is an ideal time to do the same with your finances. These seven steps can get your finances in top shape for the rest of the year.  Directing some of that […]
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