Finance Basics

Money Talks: Dealing With Financial Tensions in Your Relationship

Consider this: Your husband bought you both round trip tickets for a vacation in Mexico. The gift is an amazing surprise — but there’s no way you can afford it right now. Or maybe your partner purchased a new mattress for the guest bedroom. She said she got a great deal, and you have family […]

Finance Basics

6 Do’s and Don’ts When Lending Money to Your Loved Ones

Money is known as the universal language, with an ability to break down barriers and build bonds. But when a loved one asks to borrow money, it can also quickly be a source of bad blood. Maybe your brother just got his first apartment and is asking for help with monthly bills. Or your best […]

Saving

Savings 101: Don’t Hit Snooze on Learning How to Save

Ah, financial freedom. Who doesn’t like the sound of that? But start thinking about what that takes, and you might be tempted to bury your head under the covers and hit snooze (again). But it doesn’t have to be that way. Although the details of each individual’s finances are different, one thing’s for certain: nearly […]

Finance Basics

Should You Pay off Debt or Save First?

Whether you’ve recently graduated, lined up a new job, or just plain decided it’s time you got a handle on your debt management, you’ve probably got a few (or a thousand) questions. One of the biggest questions you might have is how you can balance paying off debt and saving. Because, while you might want […]

Saving

The 50/30/20 Plan: Budgeting You Can Actually Stick With

Budgeting is like exercise: we all understand its importance. But exercising consistently can be a struggle. And, like popular fitness programs like SoulCycle or Vinyasa Yoga, budgeting can also seem intimidating and complicated. But it doesn’t have to be. Beginners often jump right into the deep end, but it’s better to start with a more […]

Saving

Savings by Age 40: Know the Targets, Achieve Your Goals

Your 40s might just be the most exciting — but also the most expensive — decade of your life. For many, these years are marked by growing families, promotions at work, perhaps a new house (and accompanying mortgage), and bills (internet, car payment, medical expenses, etc). And in the midst of this whirlwind of a […]

Saving

Savings by Age: How Much to Save in Your 20s, 30s, 40s, and Beyond

As you navigate through life, it’s likely your goals will change and evolve, both personally and financially. But no matter what stage of life you’re in, one thing will always remain the same: You’re never too young — or too old — to save money. You won’t find any hard and fast rules regarding exactly […]

Saving

Holiday Hangover: How to Detox Your Spending in the New Year

The ball has dropped, the New Year’s Eve confetti has been cleaned up, and now it’s time to face the repercussions of the holiday season. Your spending may have started as a little bit here for an office gift, a little bit there for a holiday party outfit, and finally, a splurge on a celebratory […]

Finance Basics

What Your Investment Portfolio and Thanksgiving Dinner Have in Common

Thanksgiving: The one day of the year it’s perfectly acceptable to indulge in all of your favorite dishes. But if you overdo it on turkey or take a risk on that interesting looking mushroom dish, you might miss your chance on apple pie. So, what’s your strategy when picking which dishes to dive into? In […]

Saving

Best Ways to Save: How Much You Need for Your Kids’ Extracurricular Activities

From the moment your kids were born, you’ve skimped, saved, and sacrificed to provide as much as possible, even focusing on saving for their college education or teaching them to be mindful of their own money management. But childrearing costs go beyond diapers, growing appetites, and clothes that seem to last only a few weeks. […]

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