It’s Almost Halloween, So Let’s Talk Christmas

Football has begun, the leaves are changing and the kids are back in school. Clearly, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas. Some of you are reading this on your phone while waiting in line at Starbucks, preparing to buy your first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season, but it’s time to start thinking of … Continued

Living A Frugal Lifestyle Might Be The Key To WINNING

Do you believe money is the key to happiness? Somewhere deep inside, we all know that money cannot buy happiness. Many people overspend and rack up thousands of dollars in credit card debt to live a lifestyle they believe will make them happy, only to discover they are living beyond their means. This, in turn, … Continued

Putting Money Away (Paying Yourself First) When There’s Nothing Left To Save

You’ve read it a million times if you’ve read it once. Put money away. Save 10% of your income. Fund your 401(k) plan. Pay yourself first. Establish a nest-egg. Spend less than you earn. But what if you can’t? What if you simply don’t make it from one paycheck to the next on a month-by-month … Continued

Everything You Need To Know About The Equifax Breach

In a recently revealed breach, 143 million Americans may have had their personal information exposed. Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies, reported a massive data breach lasting several months. Hackers were able to access people’s names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driver’s license numbers. They also stole credit card … Continued

Do Your Finances Make You Want To Scream?

Scary flicks are classic fun, whether they’re good enough to keep you up all night when you’re home alone or bad enough to laugh at with a group of friends – because you all know what’s going to happen next. The classics follow a simple formula, but it works. The same is true when it comes … Continued

Saving Money On Hotel Rooms

Q: We’re going on a short vacation, and I’m wondering if we can save on the hotel room. Is there anything we can do to make sure we get the best price possible? A: There are lots of things you can do! Since hotels overcharge business travelers by as much as $500 million a year, … Continued

6 Ways To Save On Your Summer Vacation

The ocean is calling – and so is the open road. Your dream vacation awaits! But first, you need to work out the financial details. How are you going to pay for your getaway? How much can you realistically spend? Where is the money for your vacation going to come from? Ideally, a plump vacation … Continued

Last Licks Of Summer: A Labor Day Vacation Without The Traffic … Or Expense

If you don’t believe that the grass is always greener on the other side of town, consider this: Most Americans don’t know what’s in their own backyards. People often pile into cars to go “away” while cars piled with other vacationers are pulling into the very town they’re leaving. Tourists often know more about the … Continued

Back-To-School Shopping: Incorporate A Personal Finance Lesson

Most parents regard back-to-school time with a mix of emotions. On one hand, you’re sorry to see your kids go. Summer has been a great time to tackle projects together, build memories and have fun. On the other hand, it’ll be nice to have the whole house awake and moving before noon again! Regardless, there’s … Continued

Money Savings Ideas for Parents

Think that having kids will put a cramp in your style — not to mention your wallet? Well, that’s not always the case. Follow these simple tips and you’ll discover that you can nourish your wallet while also nurturing your family. 1. Avoid impulse buys. A good way to do this is to put your … Continued