Category Archives: Personal Finance

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

Saving for Retirement Without a 401(k)

While investing in a 401(k) retirement plan is a viable option for some people, there are several alternatives for building a nest egg that will provide you with more flexibility. Your employer may not offer a 401(k) plan, or even if they do, you may be seeking a backup plan. Here are four options for saving for retirement outside of a 401(k).

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Don’t Ignore Your Credit Score

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You may be like so many other people and be confused about what your credit score means and how it impacts you. Another common misconception is that you shouldn’t use credit unless you can’t afford something. This may be putting you at a disadvantage when you need to make a larger purchase, such as a car or a home. Continue reading

6 Tips For Getting Debt Under Control In 2018

If you have outstanding debt, you may feel like you’re drowning some days. Getting out of debt is an excellent plan for the new year. Here are a few ways that you can take back control of your financial life.

1. Prioritize your debt by interest rate.

The higher your interest rate, the more you’re going to pay overall. Prioritize your debt by interest rate, not by the amount you have to repay. A lower bill now could end up higher than your highest bill if it has an outrageous interest rate. This is also a good time to take complete stock of all of your debt and to get a realistic of view of exactly how much you owe. Continue reading