Budgeting for Entertainment and Leisure

Budgeting is daunting, especially since it means cutting down on how much money you can spend on entertainment and leisure. No matter how tempted you are to cut fun spending altogether to reach your financial goals faster, make ...

How Much Should You Spend on Housing?

When you’re laying out your budget, housing money is probably a pretty big chunk. After all, shelter is one of the most basic human needs. Before you sign up for a new lease or mortgage, make sure that the monthly payments won’t ...

Smart Home Upgrades to Save Money in the Long Run

You want your home to be as comfortable, efficient and as beautiful as it can be. However, deciding which home improvement projects or upgrades to invest in can be confusing. The following home upgrades will help you save money ...

What is Passive Income?

Warren Buffett, the billionaire businessman and philanthropist, once said: “If you don’t find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die.” Though it may sound like a somewhat grim indictment ...

What Is a Good Amount for an Emergency Fund?

Emergencies happen to everyone, regardless of whether you have a steady income or are struggling to manage your finances. Unexpected expenses can throw your life into turmoil — and if you don’t have the money to resolve the ...

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 ...

How Marriage Affects Debt

Finding the person you want to spend the rest of your life with is a wondrous feeling, but that head-over-heels elation can distract you from the important questions you need to ask yourself when deciding whether to marry that ...

Easy Ways to Get Cash for Unneeded Possessions

Sometimes there’s not enough room in the budget for extras. Perhaps you have your eye on a new pair of shoes, are eager to upgrade your living room with a new couch or you have to be the first in your friend group to possess ...

Home Down Payments and Alternatives

Among the most challenging hurdles to overcome on your path to home ownership is the down payment. Unless you are in a great position of financial advantage, coming up with a large sum of liquid capital at one time is a difficult ...

Using a CD to Teach Your Children about Finances

Money management is a complicated subject even adults have trouble mastering. So, it’s understandable that the prospect of teaching your kids about money might not be your favorite parental to-do. Start simply with a certificate ...