IRAs – 10 things to know

Saving for retirement should be an essential part of everyone’s financial plan. One of the best ways to do that is to open an IRA. If you’re unsure if an IRA is right for you or if you don’t even know what an IRA is, here are 10 things to know about IRAs to help you understand what they are and how they work. “IRA” is an acronym for…


A best friend’s wedding: How to balance your budget

‘Tis the season… the season of tux fittings, cake selection, guest lists, ring resizing, alterations, centerpieces, and general wedding bliss! However, for those who are bystanders, ’tis the season of receiving wedding/shower/bachelor and bachelorette party invitations every other week. As we…


Money management tips for graduates

Graduates: as you transition to the next phase in your lives, money management will become a bigger responsibility. You’ll likely make more money but will also have bills – and probably debt – that you previously never had to deal with. By establishing healthy financial practices early on, you can set yourselves up for a lifetime…


Four financial points to ponder

What comes to mind when you think about your finances? Rent, loans, food, savings, and entertainment are commonly associated with money. However, there is more to your finances than these things. Here are four aspects of your financial life that you may not be considering. Retirement Do you know where you want to live or what you…


How to save lots of money on college (without scholarships!)

I remember when I was applying for college and knowing the stress there is to try to figure out creative ways to reduce the costs.  Since scholarships are hard to come by, there is a way to get college credit before you even step foot on campus — at a fraction of the cost!  It’s called the CLEP program, and according to PocketYourDollars,…


Save money on meat!

Carrie Rocha from Pocket Your Dollars has some great advice on how to keep your grocery budget in check, and still be able to eat the things you love: The cost of beef has gone up and is rising due to the extreme drought in the western United States. Let’s talk about how to save on your favorite types of beef. Ground beef. Substitute ground…



Job security or job satisfaction?

Talk about a difference in strategy and approach!  The WWII era “Greatest Generation” went out and found jobs to provide for their families — regardless of whether or not they liked the job.  Generations since have had the luxury of being able to pursue work based on levels of interest, passions and desires.…


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