Do You Know About the 2017 Tax Filing Extension?

The date April 15 is probably as quickly recognizable to most Americans as July 4 or December 25. Traditionally recognized as Tax Day, it's the deadline for filing your previous year's tax return.  With one month to go, you may be feeling the … [Read more...]

Financing A New Home: Answering Homebuyer Questions

Finding the perfect new home can be hard work, but now you also have to navigate the mortgage financing process. There are many questions that arise when it comes to financing a new home. Below we’re answering four questions about financing a new … [Read more...]

Getting Out of Debt: You Can Do It and Here’s How to Get Started

Most goals or resolutions that people set for themselves are neglected within a few weeks. It’s likely that this happens because people set far-reaching goals for themselves and then lose momentum when they don’t see results right away. A perfect … [Read more...]

4 Financial Resolutions To Start Any Day of the Year [Downloadable Family Budget Worksheet]

Who says resolutions have to start on New Year's Day?  Get yourself started whatever day you feel inspired.  Here are few important financial goals that you can begin whether it's January 1, August 1 or a random Tuesday in November. #1: Look at the … [Read more...]

Holiday Shopping Tips for Your Spending Personality

Although 41% of consumers report starting their holiday shopping in October or even earlier (Wow! Good for you!), an estimated 69% of Americans will shop over the Thanksgiving weekend. Early research from the National Retail Federation shows that the … [Read more...]

Successfully Plan for Holiday Shopping on a Budget [Downloadable Budget Sheet]

‘Tis the season to be jolly! ‘Tis the season for the gifts, decorations, family, friends, and children on their best behavior. ‘Tis the season for overloaded shopping bags, impulse buying, and credit card bills. Wait! That doesn’t sound as … [Read more...]

Store Credit Cards, Balance Transfers & More: Make the Smart Money Decision

Every day we’re faced with making decisions about our money. What feels like a smart money choice in the moment may have repercussions in the future. You might be tempted to save money on a purchase now only to have your credit score suffer.  You … [Read more...]

How To Be Financially Smart At Any Age

  As you go through the stages of life what it means to be “financially smart” will change. A smart financial move when you’re approaching your 40s is not the same as a smart financial move for a 19-year-old in college. At 40, there are more … [Read more...]

Are You Ready for Retirement?: Essential Information on IRAs and 401(k)s

While you’re young, you may not be thinking about saving for retirement. You’re probably more focused on paying off student loan debt, searching for a job, or buying a house. But, starting to save for your financial future early will only benefit you … [Read more...]

All About Your Credit Score: What it is and Why it’s Important

Have you had the chance to check your credit score recently?  Were you pleased with the results? If so, you’re good company. Many Americans are seeing their credit scores jump.  According to April 2017 information from Fair Isaac, the creator of FICO … [Read more...]