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 […]

What is a credit score and how you can you improve it?

April 6th, 2011 Mike Finlayson

It is more than likely that at some point in your life you will need to borrow money – whether it’s to buy a house, a new car, or fund an unexpected emergency. When you do, lenders will review your credit score to decide whether you have suitable lending risk. While a high credit score […]

8 keys to saving as a newlywed

April 5th, 2011 Sandy Bailey

Saving money can be difficult when you’re starting out as a young couple. In addition to wedding costs many young couples may still be paying off student loans and are probably starting to think about purchasing a home. To help young couples get off on the right foot, we’ve put together some suggestions for starting […]

7 tips to managing your debt

April 5th, 2011 Cindi Schrock

Managing debt is an important skill to master – especially when you’re just starting off on your own. After all, as a young adult you’re laying the foundation for your future financial life. By following these simple tips, you will soon become a pro at debt management. 1. Always make your payments on time. The […]

How to profit from an empty nest

March 29th, 2011 John Evans

Empty nesters have the ability to save significantly once their children are grown and leave the home. However, a Nov. 2010 study by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College revealed that once children become independent, parents decide to “give themselves a break” from saving and spend about $2,000 more a year per person […]

Are you ready for retirement?

March 29th, 2011 John Evans

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 […]

Tying the knot – 9 financial tips for newlyweds

March 29th, 2011 madmin

Financial adjustments for newlyweds are seldom easy because both you and your partner have been accustomed to making money decisions on your own. Addressing personal finance and investment issues together will help you plan for your future as a married couple and allow you to address any potential issues before they become serious problems. We’ve […]

Just had a baby? 6 financial considerations for new parents

March 29th, 2011 John Evans

You’ve seen the numbers, and there’s no getting around it. Having a baby is expensive. But like any other major life change, planning ahead will make the process a lot easier. We’ve put together some key financial tips and consideration for new parents. While this list is by no means complete, it can serve as […]

What is a 401(k) and how does it work?

March 29th, 2011 John Evans

When you’re starting out, one of the most important things you can do for your financial future is to start investing in a 401(k) retirement plan. It may seem counterintuitive to start saving for your retirement when you’re at the beginning of your professional life. Nonetheless, if you opt out of this savings opportunity you […]

Spring cleaning – put your financial house in order

March 28th, 2011 Mike Roozeboom

As winter draws to a close, and you file away your forms and schedules at the end of the tax season, it’s a good time to take a closer look at your finances and tidy up where needed. Here’s a checklist of key considerations to help you get started. Lay a balanced investment groundwork* Does […]

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