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Jul 28, 2015

What to Teach Your Teens About Personal Finance

As kids grow older and start to mature, so should their attitude towards money. While your teenage son or daughter might have some experience with earning and saving money through an allowance, they still might not fully understand what it means to be fiscally responsible. Luckily, there are some simple things you can teach them to better prepare them for financial responsibilities of adulthood. 1. The Value of a Hard Day’s Work The summer is the perfect time for teens to find part time...

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Jul 21, 2015

Understanding Your Financial Needs and Wants

One of the easiest ways to stay on budget and avoid overspending is to learn how to differentiate your needs from your wants. Whether you’re looking to tighten up a budget or build one for the first time, knowing the differences between a need and a want can help you find new ways to save and better prioritize your spending. So, with that in mind, here’s everything you need to know to help you break down the needs and wants in your life.  What is a need? Financially speaking,...

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Jul 1, 2015

How to Prepare at 25 to Buy a House at 35

At 25 years old, owning a home is probably the last thing on your mind. You probably have other  priorities such as paying off student loans, advancing in your career, and, not to mention, keeping up with your social life. However, if you expect to buy a home within the next ten years there are some actions you could take right now to help you prepare for it in the future! 1. Learn How to Budget Having a budget in mind is extremely important when buying a home. Think about it: a home is...

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Jul 1, 2015

Stay Financially Fit By Tracking Your Expenses

When it comes to staying financially fit, tracking your expenses is one of the easiest ways to improve your financial wellbeing. Whether you decide to opt for a budgeting app for your phone, or good old fashioned pen and paper, keeping track of where your money goes can have a huge impact on your ability to save money and avoid debt. So, with that in mind, I’ve decided to share some of the biggest benefits tracking your expenses can have for you!   1. You'll Uncover Your Own Spending...

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Jul 1, 2015

How to Give Your Finances a Summer Checkup

Warm weather, bathing suits, and BBQ’s…look’s like Summer has finally arrived! But before you start packing for that beach trip, you might want to take a little time to review your finances. Summer is the perfect time to give yourself a little check-up and make sure you’re on track to stay financially fit throughout the rest of the year! So, without further ado, here are 5 things you should do when giving yourself a summer financial review. 1. Take a Look at Your Goals If...

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Jul 1, 2015

How to Build the Perfect Credit History

In almost every financial move you make, your credit history is going to be crucial. It affects your credit score which, in turn, determines your eligibility for a loan, the interest rate on your credit card, whether or not you’ll be able to start up a business, and much more! Because of this, maintaining a positive credit history is definitely something you’ll want to strive for. So, with that in mind, I’ve decided to share some easy steps you can take to build an excellent credit...

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Jun 30, 2015

Celebrating the 4th of July on a Budget

It’s almost July Fourth! You know what that means… it’s time to relax with family and friends, eat great food, enjoy fireworks, and celebrate our country’s history. But for a lot of us, hosting a Fourth of July  party can be a budget buster. No need to worry, I’ve compiled some great tips for you on how to celebrate July 4th without breaking the bank! Get Crafty! While the Fourth of July decorations at your local party store  are great, they can quickly...

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Jun 25, 2015

The Best Summer Jobs for Teens

With school finally over, your teenage son or daughter is sure to have a lot of time on their hands. While they’ve certainly earned a little R&R, summer break is also an excellent opportunity to pick up a part-time job! Not only are summer jobs a great way to start learning financial responsibility, they can also introduce your son or daughter to a professional environment. So, to help get you started, here are some great summer job ideas for your teen! Sales Clerk: Great for a friendly...

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Jun 23, 2015

What To Consider When Choosing a Credit Card

Credit cards are an incredibly helpful tool. They’re easier to carry than cash, make the check-out process super quick, offer rewards and incentive programs… the list goes on and on. That said, it’s important to remember that credit cards aren’t one size fits all. Depending on your financial habits, certain aspects of a credit card might be of greater value to you than others. So, to help you make the right decision when choosing a card, here are some things you should take note of: 1....

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Jun 16, 2015

Great Father's Day Gifts That Won't Break the Bank!

If you’re in need of a Father’s Day gift that’ll impress and keep your wallet intact, look no further! While some people like to express their admiration with an expensive present, that isn’t always doable for those of us living on a tight budget. Luckily, I have some amazing and affordable gift ideas that are sure to show your father how much you care!  1. Give Your Dad a Hand We could all use a day off! Chances are, your father probably has a lot of weekly chores...

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