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Tips for Staying on Your Budget This Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s hard to not get caught up in the flood of red and pink hearts. While dreams of an exotic trip, fancy dinner and brand-new diamonds are fun, having the funds or free time to accommodate such extravagant gifts may not be reality. Here are a few ways…
lock on keyboard for strong passwords.
According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), identity theft is a growing global concern. From phishing scams to sophisticated hacking rings, cyber thieves continue to develop creative ways to compromise your personal information. Both the IRS and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommend you safeguard your personal information with a strong password. Here are seven password…
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When you start working at your first professional job and move out on your own, you may have a whole new set of expenses. From rent and utilities to paying off car or student loans, the expenses can add up fast. It may feel nearly impossible to set aside money for your retirement in addition to your…
emergency fund.
Everyone knows the little rules of life that may 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 help serve as protection…
Young woman grocery shopping
Are your weekly trips to the grocery store busting your budget? Do you wander the aisles aimlessly, hoping for dinner inspiration? Smart grocery shopping starts with three things: budgeting, menu planning and scoping out in-store savings. Before your next supermarket trip, consider the tips below to help stretch your budget and put nutritious meals on your table.…
3 Ways to Prioritize Debt and Save Money in Your 20s
In the early years of your adult life, debt can add up quickly. From paying back student loans to buying a car to purchasing a home, expenses may add up to more than you have in your checking or savings account. For this reason, some people turn to credit cards. Credit card debt is a…
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So, you’re ready to take a leap of faith and buy a home. This type of life change can be as stressful as it is exciting, but if you know what to expect financially, you can budget and search for your dream home accordingly. Before you start your search, take a thorough look at your finances…
Mom filing paperwork with baby daughter
If you’re expecting your first child, you’ve probably heard about the mountains of diapers you’ll go through. But have you thought about all the paperwork that comes with a new baby? From birth plans to birth certificates to immunization records, keeping it all organized can be challenging — especially as you bring a new family member into…
young girl blowing out candles on her birthday cake
Some parents start planning for college as soon as they find out they’re expecting. It’s smart to set up a 529 college savings plan and do the math to figure out just how much you need to sock away each month. But you might be able to contribute more money to your child’s 529 plan. Here are some…