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September 10, 2018

Getting a dog? Here are some ways to keep a leash on your spending. How much is that doggy in the window? More than you may think. New dog owners can expect to shell out $1,200 to $2,000 in the first year, and as much as $14,500 over their pup’s lifetime, according to the AmericanRead the Rest »

August 19, 2018

What is an emergency fund? An emergency fund is a bank account with money set aside to cover large, unexpected expenses, such as a major auto repair, or a financial crisis, such as job loss or large medical bills. Why do I need an emergency fund? The financial buffer an emergency fund provides can keepRead the Rest »

August 13, 2018

Despite receiving more than $80,000 in merit-based scholarships, Brianna Harrington still graduated from college in 2014 with $40,000 in student loan debt. Determined to eliminate her debt, the 27-year-old quality engineer from Atlanta created a strict budget, lived below her means, and paid it off in 26 months. She used the debt avalanche method, repayingRead the Rest »

August 6, 2018

What is a CD? A CD, or certificate of deposit, is a savings account that has a fixed interest rate and fixed date of withdrawal, known as the maturity date. CDs also typically don’t have monthly fees. There isn’t much risk involved in opening one, as they are issued by banks and insured by theRead the Rest »

June 11, 2018

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 andRead the Rest »

May 30, 2018

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 ofRead the Rest »

May 24, 2018

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 saveRead the Rest »

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 28, 2018

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 overRead the Rest »

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