Feeling House Poor? 5 Tips to Simplify and Save

Homeownership is considered a cornerstone of the much-desired American dream. However, we each embark on a path toward fulfilling this dream at different rates, surrounded by different circumstances. If we get caught up in chasing a dream that’s not within our current means, then we run the risk of serious financial hardships in all parts of our ...


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Financial Tips for Older College Students

Whether you're going back to school to finish a degree you started earlier in your life, or you're planning to attend college for the first time as an adult, congratulations! You'll see your efforts pay off in the form of higher lifetime earnings. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the expected lifetime earnings of an individual who only has a...


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Money-Saving Tips for College Students

Today’s college students must navigate a far different financial landscape than those who graduated just a few years ago. Tuition is higher, jobs are scarce and personal debt levels are rising. Yet despite these warning signs, many young adults don’t realize the impact of poor money management. Excessive spending and inadequate planning at 18, ...


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Back to School Budget Busters: How to Save on Supplies, Clothes & More

With school back in session, many parents are wondering how they’ll swing rising classroom costs. As retailers pull out all the stops to lure parents and students alike, shoppers must take steps to avoid unnecessary temptations and run up a steep credit card bill. It is possible to equip yourself or your kids with everything you need – without...


How to Save on Your Summer Vacation

Are you gearing up for a summer vacation? Whether your goal is to beat the heat or dive right in, your summer getaway doesn’t have to burn up your budget. With some careful planning and research, you can have a memorable vacation, and still have cash left over. Here are seven tips to help you make it happen: Do Your Research Compare a variety o...


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Getting Your Vehicle in Gear

Automobiles are intertwined with American culture. For teens, they’re a symbol of freedom and maturity. As we grow, they often become our primary modes of transportation for work, school, practice and pleasure. For most families, transportation represents their second largest expense category, behind housing. That’s why it’s important to u...


Financial Resolutions for the New Year

The New Year puts us in the mindset to reorganize, plan and set goals – an ideal time to get your finances in order. No matter your income level, we’ve provided three financial resolutions that will benefit you all year long: Create a Monthly Budget – A budget is a document that measures all of the money that comes in, and the amount o...


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Save Money on Summer Entertainment & Activities

Many of us spend more money during the summer because we’re surrounded by more temptations. Too hot? Head to the cool mall. Kids bored? Head to a theme park. Summer blockbuster? Have to get to the big screen. You get the gist… To help you save more money, we’ve compiled some cost-conscious tips and affordable alternatives to popular summer a...


Back to School, Back on Budget

Many parents are filled with mixed emotions as "back to school time" comes around each year. They’re excited for their kids to venture outside of the house and hit the books, yet they’re fearful of the costs associated with it. Books, backpacks, supplies, clothes, extracurricular activities, tuition… the list goes on and on. It’s importa...


How to Save Money on a Wedding

Numerous reports show the average cost of a wedding for U.S. couples nears $30,000. That’s an incredible amount of cash for just one day. While it’s important to celebrate the union, it’s also important to weigh the financial impact on your future. If the cost of your wedding affects your ability to pay bills, manage living daily expenses ...