Stories by Nicole Markle
Are you the miser who brings home other people’s leftovers? Or do you spend money as fast as you get it? Regardless of your spending habits, having an emergency fund set aside is important. That way, when unexpected events like a job loss or hospitalization occur, you won’t have to run up your credit cards […]
It’s always sad when summer ends, but autumn brings new opportunities for family-friendly adventures. Sure, the usual seasonal standbys, like apple picking and pumpkin patches, are fun, but this year we’ve gathered some out-of-the-box autumn activities to try on for size. Here are five ways to enjoy this fall and make you thankful it rolled around […]
The weather’s crisp, the leaves are changing and it’s the perfect time to enjoy a hike with the whole family. With the kids in tow, hiking isn’t as easy as strapping on a daypack and a pair of hiking boots. You have to plan ahead, from attire to navigation to keeping the little ones occupied. […]
Having an emergency or back-up fund is important. This money that is set aside for unplanned expenses is separate from your retirement savings and college savings accounts. According to a study by Bankrate.com, only 26 percent of Americans have an emergency fund. Personal finance experts advise keeping a minimum of three to six months of expenses or more in your fund […]
You don’t have to settle for stress-induced heartburn and migraines just because you’re running your own business. Entrepreneurs can do plenty to ease the pressure on themselves and their employees, says David Ballard, director of the Center for Organizational Excellence for the American Psychological Association (APA). In fact, decreasing stress in your company can have a […]
Everyone knows the little rules of life that reduce the risk of costly mistakes, like driving slowly in the rain or not leaving candles burning. But it’s the rare what-ifs that might prompt you to dip into your retirement savings or your child’s college fund if you don’t have a financial backup plan. An emergency fund can serve as protection against unexpected […]
If you’re like many Americans, you’re probably not personally involved in all of your household’s money management. Statistics from Pew Research show that one partner is typically more involved in managing the household’s finances than the other. While splitting responsibilities can make sense, both partners should be involved in important financial decisions, says The New […]
The daily expenses of life can make it difficult to put aside extra money, but that doesn’t change the fact that bad luck can happen to anyone. And if you don’t have an emergency fund built up, bad luck could force you to dip into your savings for your retirement or your children’s education. However, […]
If you find yourself within hours or days of a hurricane striking your area, and you haven’t done anything to get ready, don’t panic. There are several things you can do in the last few hours to be better prepared. Or, download the full, 6-page Hurricane Prep Guide.
Are you prepared to evacuate in the event of a hurricane? The following worksheet lists some things to consider well before an evacuation — from what to do with your pets to protecting important documents. Or, download the full, 6-page Hurricane Prep Guide.