One of the most challenging things about setting financial goals is managing two short-term goals at once. What should you do if one of your goals is to pay down debt as quickly as possible, but you want to build an emergency fund or save for a down payment on a home as well? If…

The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year — for everything except your wallet. With the average American spending $752 on holiday gifts and existing utility bills increasing as temperatures start to drop, the winter months can challenge even the most budget-conscious individuals. Luckily, there are several things you can do to…

A monthly budget is not always one-size-fits-all. You may find a budget that works perfectly for a little while, but your financial situation is not likely to stay the same for long periods of time. Sometimes big life changes come along, both planned and unplanned, that require a budget adjustment. Whether you are preparing for…

What if you were told you could save money by using cash instead of credit and debit cards? Until the relatively recent advent of plastic cards, most individuals used cash for their purchases. While modern consumers love the convenience, perks, and limited liability of cards, studies have shown that credit card users spend more money,…

The holiday season is upon us, as is the most popular time of the year to get engaged. Getting engaged is often one of the most memorable events in a couple’s life — but it can be pricey. Society’s expectations for engagement rings have become more expensive every year: larger diamonds, designer jewelers, and the…

It is officially November, which means it is the beginning of the most wonderful time of the year — the holiday season! It is also the season of giving, and while you want to spread the holiday cheer, showering your loved ones with gifts in the week leading up to the holidays is not easy…

Cable television has been around for decades, and the majority of American households have had a cable plan at some point. However, with cable bills on the rise — averaging $103 per month — the service can consume a significant chunk of one’s monthly budget. If you are looking for ways to cut down on…

It is a well-known fact that a budget is a useful tool to take control of your finances, pay off debt, and save for the future. If you have started a budget and it is working for you, chances are you have money left over by the end of the month to spend freely. You…

Aside from mortgage or rent, a car payment may be your next-largest monthly expense. Whether this is your first or fifth car purchase, shopping for a car and determining how to finance it can be overwhelming. Follow these steps to ensure that you are getting the best deal when it comes to vehicles: Determine What…

Adulthood comes with several significant financial decisions — purchasing a home, making payments on a new car, and getting married are just a few. While marriage is often regarded as one of the most important life decisions one can make, planning for the big day can still be a large financial commitment. According to a…

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