It’s a familiar — and frustrating — experience: Planning a trip and checking airfares every few days, waiting for the perfect price to appear. Finding the opportune moment to buy is no easy feat. Airline ticket costs fluctuate constantly. In fact, during the typical 11-month period a flight is listed, the price changes every four and… Read the Rest »
First off, way to go. If you’re reading this, you’re taking a close look at your finances. But while thinking about your monthly financial picture is a great start, it isn’t enough to actually wrangle your expenses. The next move is tracking your spending on a regular basis so you can get an accurate picture of… Read the Rest »
Not all financial goals are the same, which means they shouldn’t necessarily be approached the same way. Depending on your circumstances, some goals might take longer to reach than others. Short-term and long-term goals might seem self-explanatory, but some cases aren’t exactly clear-cut. Here are a few ways to identify your goals, plus budget and save… Read the Rest »
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 Vinyl… Read the Rest »
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 may… Read the Rest »
While there are a thousand resolution-worthy action items out there, the time is always now for the things that need to change in our lives. Never were truer words spoken when it comes to our potential vulnerability to hackers. The number of breaches and the granular nature of the data exposed in those attacks over… Read the Rest »
Bob Mahoney, President and CEO of Belmont Savings Bank, discusses common fraud scams and how to protect against them. Watch more Mahoney Money Minute videos here.
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. You… Read the Rest »