Planning

4 Common Myths About Financial Planning

4 Common Myths about Financial Planning

There are a lot of people out there who know they need financial planning but are still unclear about what financial planning actually is.  So to help you better understand the importance of financial planning, I’ve debunked four major myths about it. 1. Financial planning is not a product. A lot of people assume that...  Read more

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American Family Budget: One Year Later

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My husband keeps a pile of wadded-up 20-dollar bills in a drawer in our bedroom. He says he’s saving up for our son’s Christmas gift – a LEGO set with a price tag so high that I am ashamed to share it here. It’s nice that he is doing that, I told him. And in...  Read more

Trends

Wedding Gifts: What’s Proper and What’s Not?

Wedding Gifts: What's Proper and What's Not?

If it’s been awhile since you’ve attended a wedding, or if you’re a young adult whose friends are just starting to tie the knot, you may feel clueless about buying wedding gifts. You’re not alone: giving gifts for big life occasions can be tricky for anyone. The traditional guideline for wedding gifts is that if...  Read more

How To

Winterproof your Home on a Budget (Infographic)

How To Winterproof your Home on a Budget (Infographic)

Keeping yourself and your family warm during the winter months isn’t cheap, and we often wonder how we can keep the heat in the house and away from our bills. Here are a few simple tips that will keep you toasty, without burning through your cash.  Click on “Launch Infographic” for an expanded view.

Saving

The 411 on 401(k)s

The 411 on 401(k)s

You got the job. Congratulations! At the orientation, the benefits office is going to give you a huge booklet about your retirement plan (or a link to a website that would cause a laser printer to catch fire if you tried to print it all). Here’s what not to do: Set the booklet aside, promise...  Read more

How To

5 Spook-tacular Ways to Save on Halloween

5 Spook-tacular Ways to Save on Halloween

Did you know that the average American household is expected to spend $125 on Halloween this year? If you want to trim that number, here are some ways to save this spooky season: Nasty Noises Once upon a time you had to buy sound effects on a cassette tape and hide a boombox fitted with...  Read more

Planning

5 Money Moves for Fall

5 Money Moves for fall

After a busy summer, you’re likely ready for things to slow down a bit. But are you ready to deal with your financial situation? Do you have an action plan?  Here are five money moves you should consider making this fall: Prepare for rising interest rates Given that the economy is on the mend, you...  Read more

Trends

How Football Fans Prep for the Game (Infographic)

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Watching football isn’t just a matter of turning on the TV or showing up to the stadium to cheer for your team. There are preparations to be made! From tailgating, to rituals, to superstitions — find out how Americans prep for the big game. Click on “Launch Infographic” for an expanded view.