Online tools to compare college costs

July 12th, 2013 Mike Finlayson

The cost of higher education has skyrocketed, and borrowing for a college education has become a reality of life. Unfortunately, making sense of financial aid packages and college tuition is anything but simple. Too often students receive financial aid award letters that are full of jargon, use inconsistent terms and calculations, and make it unnecessarily […]

3 benefits of paying off your mortgage slowly

July 5th, 2013 Carol Wynja

If you’re like most Americans, you probably made a big down payment on your home and are making extra principal payments from time to time in order to pay off your mortgage faster. After all – owning your home outright is the smart thing to do, right? The answer to this question – and to […]

Don’t make these post-graduation money mistakes

June 28th, 2013 Kathy Cohea

Graduating from college and starting your life in the “real world” can be a scary venture – your friends aren’t living across the hall from you anymore and you’re probably starting your first professional job. On top of that you’ve likely got some college loans looming on the horizon, your parents may be less willing […]

Key elements to getting a business loan

June 21st, 2013 Patrick Van Nevel

Obtaining the properly structured commercial loan can have a powerful impact on your business. It can improve your cash flow, help you invest in new employees, purchase new equipment, expand your office space and much more.  The bottom line? A commercial loan can help your bottom line. It’s important to know how to plan for […]

6 ways to financially prepare for your own death

June 14th, 2013 Kevin Mote

Although thinking about your own death can seem morbid at times, it’s a good idea to put plans in place to become more financially prepared. After all – if you don’t plan for your own death, someone else will have to do it for you when you are gone. More often than not, this role […]

What are the financial benefits of not having children?

June 7th, 2013 Scott Jamison

Do you live in a “dual income, no kids” – or DINK – household? The decision to have children is a very personal one. Some people deeply want to be parents, while others prefer not to. Some may be enjoying the DINK lifestyle before jumping into parenthood. Regardless of the reason, there are many financial […]

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 […]

eBook: Your guide to investing

May 15th, 2013 madmin

Investing can be a daunting task. While you want your money to work as hard as you do, it can be difficult to determine where to start. Shall you open an IRA account or put all your money in a 401(k) account? What are bonds? How should you adjust your investment strategy as you age? […]

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” […]

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