• Eight Most Commonly Overlooked Budget Categories

    Eight Most Commonly Overlooked Budget Categories

    Have you put the time and effort into creating a written monthly budget, and yet still find yourself constantly going over? Do you often find yourself pulling money from one budget item to cover unexpected expenses in another area? A well thought-out budget is a basic tool everyone should...
  • Determining Your Debt-to-Income Ratio

    Determining Your Debt-to-Income Ratio

    If you’re an American, chances are pretty good that you carry debt. In fact, a Pew report from 2015 found that 80% of us owe money. While that means we’re in good company, it also means that most of us are feeling the stress of debt and the strain...
  • Cut These 6 Things from Your Budget

    Do you feel like you have a hole in your pocket? Do you find that money just slips away from you, unnoticed? Do you have a difficult time reconciling where all your take-home pay ends up? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, it might be a...
  • Keeping Your Student Loan Out of Default

    Keeping Your Student Loan Out of Default

    Higher education is a noble pursuit. Unfortunately, in the US, it’s also a pricey one. In fact, The Institute for College Access & Success reported that 65 percent of 2017 grads carry student debt – at an average of $29,200. That’s no small chunk of change, especially for those...
  • 18 important credit card terms to know

    18 Important Credit Card Terms to Know

    It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by credit card terminology. What’s the difference between your credit report and your credit score? What does APR stand for? What exactly is a CVV, anyway? In this blog, we’ll look at 18 important terms that every credit card holder should know: Annual fee....
  • what happens after you pay off a credit card

    What Happens After You Pay Off a Credit Card

    There’s nothing quite like making your final credit card payment. After months – or maybe even years – of living with the stress and expense of high-interest credit card debt, getting to that zero balance is truly something to celebrate.  Paying off credit card debt feels amazing. But not...
  • what do do after you pay down your debt

    What to Do After You Pay Down Your Debt

    You did it. It took discipline and patience. You had to give up a lot of little “extras.” It wasn’t always easy. But you stayed the course, and you’ve finally done it: Your high-interest credit card debt is gone.  So, how do you keep debt from coming back? Should...
  • How a Financial Audit Can Help You Set Goals and Plan for the Future

    When was the last time you did a serious audit on your finances?  We’re not talking about income taxes. And we don’t mean simply reviewing your budget (although that’s definitely important). We mean taking a serious deep dive into every facet of your financial situation, from your monthly income...
  • Seven Things to Do After a Data Breach

    Capital One. Marriott.  Panera. Target. Twitter. Facebook. The U.S. military.  What do all of these companies and organizations have in common? They’ve all been the targets of massive data breaches – breaches that affected millions of users and exposed everything from names and addresses to account numbers, passwords, and...
  • When You Need to Review Your Budget

    Some people are really good at planning ahead; others… not so much. Regardless of which camp you find yourself, there are some life events that really should make you stop and take stock of your financial situation. If you have a budget, you’re already a step ahead! Budgeting helps...
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