Category Archives: Personal Finance

Guide to Tipping Etiquette

In most parts of the world, tipping is not mandatory, or even expected. However, in the U.S., you are expected to tip if you go to certain places and most people feel it is a moral obligation. Nonetheless, sometimes you find yourself at a loss on how much to tip for certain services.

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The Benefits of Having a “Money Buddy”

Based solely on this headline, you may be wondering: What on earth is a money buddy? Let us clarify that, no, a money buddy is not someone who helps you spend money. Quite the contrary! A money buddy is a person capable of helping  you manage your money properly.

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4 Tips for a Budget-Friendly Halloween

Here’s a fun fact about Halloween that you might not have known: Believe it or not, it is reported to be the holiday that consumers spend the most to celebrate. Even beating Christmas!

If you are in the mood to join in on the festivities without busting your bank account, here are four budget-friendly tips to help you control your spending this spooky season.

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Planning Financially for a Natural Disaster

In light of Hurricane Florence’s recent landfall in the Carolinas, it’s important to consider how natural disasters can impact your financial situation. Despite the emphasis placed on planning for an emergency in schools and throughout the media, many Americans remain unprepared and without a solid financial plan.

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Benefits of Encouraging Your Teen to Work

Many parents are reluctant to encourage their teenagers to find a job. They worry it will be a challenge for teens to juggle work and school. However, this dynamic might actually teach them balance and better equip them with a sense of responsibility.

There’s a lot your teen can gain from a part-time job – and that’s not just extra spending money.  Continue reading

5 Best Personal Finance Apps of 2018

Gone are the days of balancing checkbooks and keeping a budgeting journal. With our smartphones consistently at our fingertips, all financial matters are handled in the virtual world. We deposit checks, monitor our spending, and seek financial advice all on our smartphones. What’s more, we have the assistance of widely-lauded applications to make all of this easier.

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5 Great Side Gigs to Supplement Your Income

The internet has made finding additional sources of income so easy. Many people are taking their talents and learned skills, and applying them to side gigs. Between Uber, TaskRabbit, and countless other other similar services, supplemental work is more abundant than ever. In today’s article, we’ll be breaking down five side gigs that you can start today and will eventually pay off in the long run.

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Seize the Summer While Minimizing Spending

With summer in full swing, many people may already be feeling a pinch in their pocketbooks. Unlike the fall and winter seasons when people are more likely to want to cozy up at home and be hermits, the siren call of the warm sun and blue skies are irresistible to many wanting to make the most out of these glorious months. Continue reading

Millennial Money: Personal Finance Lessons from Millennials

Millennials have a false reputation of not being savvy with their finances. There seems to be a stereotype regarding money management that has adhered to this generation with no known cause. While millennials are inarguably faced with the largest debt burden compared to previous generations, they are using that drawback to exercise smart spending and saving skills.  The fact is that millennials are actually quite creative and knowledgeable when it comes to their finances. They just save and invest in different ways than most other generations are accustomed to. Here are some lessons to take from the millennial generation. Continue reading