Shop Smarter This Holiday Season

The holiday season is fast approaching and you might be stressed thinking about how you are going to buy gifts for all of your friends and family. But it is possible to get everything you need as long as you set realistic goals. Set ...

The Financial Impact of the Loss of a Spouse on Your Retirement

The loss of a spouse is life-changing on numerous levels, including your financial planning. The future you saved years for will be different from what you envisioned, but there are financial opportunities to support you after ...

Tips for Cleaning Out Your Garage

The idea of cleaning out your garage can feel intimidating and overwhelming, especially if you’re looking at out-of-control dirt and clutter. It’s worth the effort, though. Taking it one step at a time, you can turn your garage ...

Controlling Holiday Spending

While the spirit of the season can fill your heart with joy, it can also quickly empty your wallet. There are ways to enjoy the holidays and give to others (and to yourself) without exceeding your financial limits. The following ...

What You Should Know About Setting Up Beneficiaries for Your Accounts

No matter the state of your finances, it’s important to think about what will happen to your accounts if you pass away unexpectedly. After all, this could have a major impact on the well-being of your family. One of the things ...

How to Protect Your Financial Information Before a Computer Upgrade

Your old computer may still contain sensitive data like financial information, your Social Security number, passwords and personal files. If you’re planning on getting rid of your old computer, you should first take precautions ...

One-Time Close Construction Loans vs. Multiple Loans

In many cases, home improvement is better than moving to another house. Building a larger garage, expanding a wing of your home or erecting an additional bathroom could be a much easier and more cost-effective way of adjusting ...

How to Live on a Fixed Income in Retirement

Before retirement, you probably had the chance to increase your income, such as by earning promotions or changing jobs. But during retirement, it’s more common to live on a fixed monthly income determined by your savings. This ...

Building Your Home’s Curb Appeal

The saying goes that first impressions are everything. Whether you’re planning to put your home on the market or just want to shine for guests visiting from out of town, the curb appeal of your home sets a clear standard of ...

Save Big on Your Wedding with These 6 Tips

Your wedding will be one of the most important days of your life, but planning the big day can be a budget-straining experience. These tips will help you and your partner achieve the ceremony and reception of your dreams — while ...