• 15-atm-safety-tips

    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...
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    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...
  • Tips for Buying Back to School Supplies

    Nine Smart Spending Strategies for Back-to-School Season

    If you’re a parent, you’re likely eyeing the calendar with a mix of anticipation, relief, and dread. On one hand, the approach of the new school year means a return to your normal routine, and it means an end to finding new ways to keep the kids entertained and...
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    Should You Apply for a Balance Transfer?

    If you’re struggling to pay down high-interest credit card debt, a balance transfer can be a powerful tool. Balance transfers offer super-low (or even zero-percent) introductory interest rates, which means they help you pay your principal balance off more quickly. But that doesn’t mean that balance transfers are for...
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    Seven Movies That Teach Valuable Money Lessons

    Like most folks, I go to the movies to get away from my day-to-day life; to escape reality for an hour or so and think about something other than work, or bills, or dinner plans, or any of the other hundreds of mundane things most of us have to...
  • 20 Staycation Ideas

    20 Fantastic Summer Staycation Ideas

    Summer is here. The sun is out. The kids are out of school, and you’ve got plenty of vacation time saved up at work. One thing you don’t have? Money. Or, more specifically, the kind of extra money you need to take a traditional family summer vacation – and...
  • 5 Home Products You Can Save Money With

    DebtGuru’s Top 5 Frugal Household Products

    Frugal living isn’t just about canceling cable or brown-bagging it to work (although those are great strategies if you’re trying to cut living expenses). Frugal living is also about shopping smarter and looking for ways to stretch your hard-earned dollars farther. One way to do that is to buy...