Retirement seems like it is in the distant future and you are more concerned with living paycheck to paycheck. But it is never too early to start preparing for your future by establishing sound financial footing and taking early investment steps.

Guide to Investing in Your 20s

You have finally graduated college and, after finally finding a full-time job, can start paying back those student loans. Retirement seems like it is in the distant future and you are more concerned with living paycheck to paycheck. ...
If you plan to take out your own loan for your next vehicle, you are definitely in good company. However, first-time buyers may be surprised that getting an auto loan requires bringing along a certain number of items.

What You’ll Need for an Auto Loan

When buying a new car, getting a loan to cover the cost is an increasingly popular option chosen by new drivers. In fact, data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and reported by CNN Money shows that a record 107 million ...
Purchasing textbooks is one of the highest recurring costs of attending college, with prices consistently rising. However, there are a few good ways to avoid the high expense at the start of each semester.

Smart Ways to Save on College Textbooks

Purchasing textbooks is one of the highest recurring costs of attending college, with prices consistently rising. Consumer Reports contributor Beth Braverman cites a report from the Student Public Interest Research Group published ...
Whether you’re trying to establish an emergency fund or save for retirement, by implementing a goal and setting and sticking to a budget, your bank account will be able to grow over time giving you a sense of financial prosperity and security.

Determining How Much to Save Each Month

Saving for the future is often overwhelmed by today’s bills and financial pressures. Yet, despite the challenges of setting money aside, it’s so important for your financial well-being to try and save a target amount each ...
Retiring early means you will need to adjust your savings plan and accommodate for the extra years of supporting yourself. However, successfully retiring early is still a very possible endeavor with proper planning.

Early Retirement Details

For many, retiring early is the ultimate life dream, but it is one that may be more challenging than anticipated. Retiring early means you will need to adjust your savings plan and accommodate for the extra years of supporting ...
Many of your bills likely allow you to pay online and some will even have an option for automatic payments, with the money coming out of your account each month without you having to lift a finger or send a check in the mail.

Automatic vs. Manual Bill Pay

The increase of technology in our society is not only seeping into our media and personal tech, but also into our finances. Many of your bills likely allow you to pay online and some will even have an option for automatic payments, ...
Guide to FAFSA

Guide to FAFSA

When gearing up for college, one form is mentioned over and over: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Basically, the government uses the FAFSA to calculate just how much a particular applicant’s family can ...
By following a few simple tips, you should be able to have these potentially difficult yet essential conversations with your spouse before you invest.

How to Discuss Investment Opportunities With Your Spouse

Money can be a sensitive topic, especially between married couples. If you share your finances, then it is likely that any new investment opportunity must be discussed with your spouse before you proceed. Since you are working ...
Taxes are a tricky business, which is why it’s often best to leave tax prep to qualified professionals. But finding someone you can trust to handle such a vital part of your financial health can be equally as complicated. When searching for a tax professional, what qualities should you seek out, and how?  

Qualities to Look for in a Tax Professional

Taxes are a tricky business, which is why it’s often best to leave tax prep to qualified professionals. But finding someone you can trust to handle such a vital part of your financial health can be equally as complicated. When ...
Even if the inside of a home is well-maintained, buyers will often pass up the chance to see it based on their impressions of the outside. In other words, curb appeal matters.

How to Improve Curb Appeal to Boost Your Selling Price

The rule about not judging a book by its cover is broken constantly, especially when it comes to the real estate market. Potential home buyers will rarely consider a home with a neglected lawn, chipped paint, broken windows and ...