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May 18, 2018

Whether you’re preparing to sell your home or staying put and craving a refresh, you may be concerned about how renovations can impact your budget. If you’re willing to put in some time and get a little dirty, these DIY projects will help you update your home without taking out a second mortgage. Clean Your VinylRead the Rest »

April 3, 2018

Financial planners tend to have firm ideas about the most important goals: You should save for retirement, pay off debt and build an emergency fund. Buying a pair of $200 sneakers or an ultra-high definition TV is probably not on that list. But maybe saving for something you really, really want isn’t frivolous. It mayRead the Rest »

March 22, 2018

In September 2017, sales of new homes in the United States shot up to the highest level in nearly a decade. The Commerce Department reported an 18.9% increase for the month, during which about 667,000 newly built homes were sold—a figure not seen since October 2007. September’s increase also represented the biggest month-over-month percentage gainRead the Rest »

January 2, 2018

If you’re a first-time homebuyer, you might think you’re not ready to purchase a house. Perhaps you’re concerned about your job situation, your previous credit history, or your high monthly expenses. Whatever the circumstances, every borrower and financial situation is unique. Unless you’re a financial expert, it’s best not to self-diagnose your financial problems. YouRead the Rest »

December 26, 2017

Terrell Owens originally was famous for his many National Football League records and over-the-top touchdown celebrations. But he’s also famous for running through most of the $80 million he made during his 15-year career, thanks in part to bad investments and business deals. “Having a lot of money, it’s good but at the same timeRead the Rest »

December 18, 2017

The tallest hurdle to buying your first home will be saving for the down payment. To avoid having to purchase private mortgage insurance, you’ll likely need to put down at least 20% of the purchase price, which will probably mean tens of thousands of dollars. As a young adult, saving this much money may seemRead the Rest »

December 11, 2017

The argument over whether you should invest or pay off debt usually focuses on financial numbers, such as rates of return and interest charges. Maybe happiness should be part of the equation as well. Studies in several countries, including the U.S., Norway, Ireland and Spain, have found high levels of financial satisfaction among elderly people.Read the Rest »

December 6, 2017

Giving to charity doesn’t require a lot of disposable income. If you want to make the world a better place, you can still contribute without cutting a big check. Here are ways to give to charity on a budget. Donate Your Time Many charitable organizations survive through the efforts of volunteers. Volunteering is a worthyRead the Rest »

November 13, 2017

The average American saves less than 5% of his or her disposable income. Many financial advisors say that isn’t enough to ensure a comfortable retirement. The personal saving rate, calculated by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis, has hovered around 5% for the past few years. By the end of June, the rate had dippedRead the Rest »

November 6, 2017

Having a budget is a great start. But life will always throw you changes, and with those changes comes the need to revisit—and perhaps reallocate—your budget. Maybe you recently got a raise, moved to a more expensive apartment, or bought a pet. Any of these things would require a change in your monthly financial planning.Read the Rest »