How to Give Back to Your Community in the New Year

The New Year is almost here, and that means New Year’s resolutions are going to start stacking up like old magazines. While most people take the beginning of a brand new calendar as an opportunity to commit themselves to self-improvement, ...

New Semester Prep: How to Save Money on Campus

If you’re attending college, you don’t need anyone to tell you that it’s very expensive. No matter if your parents are paying your tuition, you took out loans or you have at a part-time job, you want to make sure that your ...

The Financial Pros and Cons of Home Schooling

Home schooling is an increasingly popular choice for parents who want the flexibility to customize their children’s education outside the traditional system. It’s also a choice that requires careful budgeting. Here are some ...

Smart Spending in the Holiday Season

The holiday season is fast approaching, a fact alone that may already have alarm bells ringing in your head. With its arrival comes the return of holiday shopping, and if you have an expansive list of people to buy for, it may ...

Should You Downsize?

According to a Harris Poll survey performed on behalf of Trulia, 64.2 percent of baby boomers — except those already living in a small home measuring less than 800 square feet — expressed a desire to move into a smaller home ...

Is Paying for Private School Worth It?

You want your child to have the best education possible because a quality, inspiring and well-rounded education will give her the tools to be a lifelong learner. A good education will enrich her mind with facts and figures, challenge ...

Identifying Your Wants Vs. Your Needs

The foundation of successfully managing your finances is budgeting, and a pillar of budgeting is learning to distinguish your needs from your wants. If you can’t differentiate those, you could wind up overspending on luxuries ...

Common Financial Fees

You’re working hard to build up your financial accounts by filling them with the money you’ve earned. When you look at your monthly statements, sometimes you might notice some of that cash being deducted to pay a variety of ...

What to Know About Mobile Check Depositing

For decades, the only way to deposit a check into a bank account was to physically go and wait in a long line at the local bank. In the meantime, losing or damaging the check, forgetting about it or simply getting too busy to ...

Should Having Children Change Your Retirement Savings Priorities?

If you have children, chances are you want to help them pay for some portion of their university tuition. Although it might be tempting to focus on building your child’s education fund above your retirement fund, it’s not ...