Archive for May, 2013

5 ways to “fix” your fixed expenses

May 31st, 2013 Teri Keenan

Living on a budget can be challenging – especially when you have a slew of fixed expenses that you have little control over. Between rent, a mortgage, insurance payments, utility bills, phone bills and car payments, fixed expenses can quickly seem like they are piling up. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s […]

Does it make sense to consolidate your mortgage with other debt?

May 17th, 2013 Doug Shanklin

If you have equity in your home and are carrying additional debts, such as credit card debt or auto loans, you may be wondering if it’s a good idea to refinance and roll your debts into your mortgage. Just like all other personal finance questions, it boils down to – “maybe.” If your debts are […]

5 ways to avoid money arguments

May 10th, 2013 Tina Hummel

Arguments about money can hamper marriages and can often lead to divorce.  In fact, a Utah State University study revealed that couples who reported disagreeing about finances once a week were over 30 percent more likely to get divorced than couples who reported disagreeing about finances a few times a month. Whether you’re a “Spender” […]

The basics of an IRA – don’t lose out on these tax savings

May 3rd, 2013 madmin

This material was prepared for Dirk Ockerlander, LPL Financial Advisor, use. IRAs – or Individual Retirement Accounts – are essentially savings accounts with big tax breaks. This makes them an ideal tool to build your nest egg for your retirement. Unlike 401(k)s, which are accounts that are offered to you by your employer, the most […]