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. ...
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, ...
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 ...
Allow this guide to help you understand what escrow is and the ways in which it comes into play during a home buying transaction.

What is Escrow and How Does it Work?

If you are in the process of buying a home, you will probably hear the term “escrow” multiple times throughout the transaction—both before and after the real estate settlement itself. But since the term is used to describe ...
Buying a home is typically the largest purchase that many Americans will make in their lifetimes—and most won’t own their home outright for 15 to 30 years, depending on their mortgage term.

What is a Home Equity Loan?

Buying a home is typically the largest purchase that many Americans will make in their lifetimes—and most won’t own their home outright for 15 to 30 years, depending on their mortgage term. As you pay off your mortgage month ...
While conventional logic holds that your burger is accompanied by ketchup, mustard, onion, lettuce, tomato and pickle, there is great possibility for boldness in burger-making by selecting more unusual fare.

Level Up Your Burger Game with These Unique Toppings

Burgers are a staple of the summertime cookout, but it is not unreasonable to suggest that the traditional approach can become a bore after years of consistency. While conventional logic holds that your burger is accompanied by ...
While the housing market has slowly increased in value overall, there are still many undervalued areas. As a homebuyer, there are several ways you can take advantage of these undervalued housing markets.

Undervalued Housing Markets and How You Can Take Advantage

While the housing market has slowly increased in value overall, there are still many undervalued areas. As a homebuyer, there are several ways you can take advantage of these undervalued housing markets. To understand the potential ...
Ice cream is the treat everyone screams for, and it can taste even sweeter when made at home. But not everyone has an ice cream maker on hand, and even if you do, it might be buried in the back of a cabinet or in the basement.

How to Make Ice Cream in a Zip-Top Bag

Ice cream is the treat everyone screams for, and it can taste even sweeter when made at home. But not everyone has an ice cream maker on hand, and even if you do, it might be buried in the back of a cabinet or in the basement. This ...
Although not scientifically proven, it seems that possessions can take on a life of their own, spontaneously reproducing to fill every nook and cranny of basements, attics, closets and garages.

Minimalist Mindset: How to Live with Less

Although not scientifically proven, it seems that possessions can take on a life of their own, spontaneously reproducing to fill every nook and cranny of basements, attics, closets and garages. Literally and figuratively, your ...
One of the most common of these financial options is a Veterans Affairs mortgage, better known as a VA loan. All too often, however, veterans and active-duty military members have lingering questions about exactly what a VA loan is and who is eligible for it.

VA Loans 101 

Serving as a member of the United States Military can be one of the most arduous and difficult jobs imaginable. In return, many financial organizations have gone out of their way to provide active and retired members of the military ...