Pay off debt now or save for the future?

June 21st, 2011 Mike Finlayson

At one point or another, families all across the country will ask themselves: shall we pay off debt or save for the future? The answer to this question boils down to simple math. Let’s say, for example, that you have saved $10,000 and deposited the money in a CD or money market fund at your […]

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 […]

How to adjust finances when the kids are out of the house

May 18th, 2011 Teri Keenan

When children leave the home and become fully independent it’s not only a big lifestyle change for them, it’s also a big change for you. In addition to the emotional challenges that come with an empty house, there are also many financial changes that need to be considered. Your children have been a top financial […]

Does it make sense to refinance your home?

May 13th, 2011 Jayne Sandler

As a homeowner, there will more than likely come a time when you will feel like it is a good idea to refinance your home. However, it’s important to keep in mind that refinancing a home isn’t a decision that should be taken lightly. There are costs involved with refinancing a home, and it’s important […]

15 financial tips for college students

May 9th, 2011 Jeff Johnson

College is an exciting, fun and sometimes stressful time. In addition to classes, new friends and decisions about your future, you’re faced with your fair share of life lessons in money management. Money management can be daunting – especially if you’re just starting out. But it doesn’t have to be. To get you started on […]

Retirement reality check

May 3rd, 2011 Lee Curry

If you have already retired or if you can count the number of years until retirement on your fingers, please heed this friendly warning: Unless you’re already making the most of your current retirement planning strategies, then it may be difficult to lay the groundwork for a financially secure future. Don’t just take my word […]

What is FDIC insurance – and how does it work?

April 27th, 2011 Cindy Mays

Do you remember the scene in Mary Poppins where there is a run on the bank? Hundreds of anxious and nervous customers race to the bank in fear that they have lost all their money. People are scared. There’s lots of elbowing. The bank locks its doors. Panic ensues. Thanks to the FDIC – or […]

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 […]

3 questions to ask yourself when you retire

April 22nd, 2011 Kevin Mote

People who are getting ready to wrap up their careers and leave the working world often refer to retirement as “a new chapter” or “the next act” in their lives – and rightly so. As a pre-retiree, you may have even used those analogies yourself. But do you also realize that it’s possible to play […]

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