• How To Cut The Cord and Save Money

    Cutting the Cord: Great, Affordable Alternatives to Traditional Cable TV

    Cutting the Cord Thinking about saying goodbye to cable TV? You’re definitely not alone. According to one recent study, one in five households in the U.S. has cut the cord on traditional cable television, opting for lower-cost alternatives. If you’re looking for a way to cut your monthly expenses,...
  • How We Waste Money

    Surprising Ways You Waste Money

    You may consider yourself somewhat frugal: You don’t spend piles of cash on fancy vacations, new cars, or luxury items. You aren’t house poor. You don’t buy lottery tickets and you’ve curbed your Starbucks addiction. You try to eat at home most nights a week. But somehow, you still...
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    The Most Popular Credit Card Scams

    There’s more to being financially responsible than budgeting. Staying on top of your finances also means knowing how to keep your money and personal information safe from the prying eyes of would-be scammers and thieves. In most cases, credit card scams depend on catching you off guard; using fear...
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    Mobile Banking Safety Tips

    I’ve been on kind of a safety kick this month. I started October with a few tips for safe ATM withdrawals, so I figured I’d continue this month with a few tips for safe deposits – specifically mobile deposits. As smartphones have become more common, mobile banking has become a...
  • Better Finances A Through Z

    The A to Z Guide of Staying Out of Debt

    The key to staying out of debt is to keep a better handle on your finances through things like spending less, budgeting, and saving money. It takes work, but it’s not impossible. And you might be surprised by how many small things you can do to work toward a...
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    ATM Safety 15 Tips for a Safe Transaction

    Happy November everyone! The leaves are changing, the temperatures are beginning to drop, and you can find pumpkin spice-flavored everything. And here’s a fun fact about ATMs: Did you know that the patent for the first cash machine was filed in October of 1971? That’s right: The ubiquitous ATM machine...
  • Why use a home safe

    Why it Makes Sense to Have a Safe and a Safe Deposit Box

    I’ve written several blogs about things like the benefits of changing your passwords, how to avoid ID theft, and other topics related to online security – and there’s a good reason for that: There are a TON of scammers out there who are all too ready to skim and...
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    Your Credit Score Myths vs. Facts

    If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that there’s a ton of misinformation out there about credit cards and debt. And as someone who has made a living helping folks pay down debt and get their finances back on track, I feel like I hear the...
  • Raising Finance Savvy Kids

    Raising Finance Savvy Kids

    Financial education is a lifelong undertaking – and, unfortunately, it’s one subject that isn’t taught in schools. If you want to help your kids grow up to be financially responsible adults, it’s really up to you to help them understand money, budgeting, and finances. Ideally slowly with the basics,...
  • What to do before applying for a mortgage

    The Do’s and Don’ts Before Applying for a Mortgage 

    Maybe you’re dreaming of a suburban ranch house with a big backyard. Or perhaps a sleek urban condo in the heart of the city. Or a townhome that’s within walking distance to work. Everyone’s idea of a “dream home” is a little different, but there’s one thing that’s the...