Archive for the ‘Just Married’ Category

How safe are you online?

August 11th, 2011 madmin

Online banking makes managing money convenient for millions of American households. With a few clicks of a mouse, you can check deposits and pay bills, which helps save you time and gives you more control over your finances. MidWestOne Bank uses a combination of safeguards to protect your information online. These efforts include employee training, […]

5 questions to ask when deciding whether to rent or buy a home

August 8th, 2011 Melissa Koop

After saying “I do…” many newlyweds start the home buying process. Owning a home has always been a part of the American Dream and one that many people are willing to work hard for. This year, first-time homebuyers have a lot to consider when making the decision to rent or buy a home:  interest rates […]

How to keep your credit strong

July 22nd, 2011 Mary Schmidt

A solid credit score is a crucial component to a sound financial future. Your score will play a role in your ability to rent an apartment, qualify for a loan, buy a house or even get a job. It can also affect how much you’ll pay on interest charges, insurance and even cell phone contracts. […]

Are you financially prepared for the unexpected – three tips you can’t afford to live without

July 18th, 2011 Jeff Burkhart

Emergencies can happen at any time – there’s simply no way around it. You lose your job. Your spouse falls ill. Or a loved one passes away. And while disasters – thankfully – don’t occur very frequently, it’s critical to make it a priority to prepare for the unexpected.  After all, it could be the […]

5 practical tips to help you save

July 12th, 2011 Melisa Henley

For many people, saving is a lot like being on a diet. You have to commit yourself to making a change in your life, be willing to give some things up and stay away from all the “bad” food – or in this case “bad” spending. Despite this, it doesn’t have to be difficult to […]

Just married? 4 financial implications you can’t afford to ignore

July 6th, 2011 madmin

After the party is over and the honeymoon tan has worn off, many newlyweds ask themselves – what exactly are the financial implications of getting married? As a couple, it’s important to understand the monetary implications of “’til death do us part.” After all – while marriage offers many financial benefits, it comes with its […]

Do you know what you spend?

June 20th, 2011 Doug Benjamin

Chances are, you probably know what you spend on your mortgage or rent, car payments and utilities. Most people know what they spend on the “big items,” but have no clue what they spend on the “little things.” Here’s the thing. When people learn how much they actually spend on the “little things,” they are […]

We want to start investing – where do we start?

May 31st, 2011 Lee Curry

As you settle down and become more financially stable, chances are you will begin to increasingly think about investing your money for the future. While this is an exciting time that is full of opportunities, it can also be confusing and overwhelming. Many couples start out with the best intentions, but then become paralyzed by […]

Techniques to help couples talk about finances

April 25th, 2011 Ron Haines

Why is it so difficult for couples to talk about money? Many contend that people will talk just about anything – even religion and politics – before talking about their finances. In fact, for many couples financial issues can get so emotional and destructive that it can lead to a breakup. Many have reported that […]

Do you know where your money is going? 5 tips to track your money

April 11th, 2011 Sue Armbrecht

Most people underestimate the amount of money they are spending. That’s why it’s so important to monitor your expenses on a consistent basis. After all – if you want to save money, you need to know how much you’re spending. The concept of tracking money is pretty straightforward – write down how much money you […]

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