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Everyone could use some money help, but it seems like there’s never enough time to get started. But what if you could save more money each month and learn how to budget in just one hour? In honor of Money Smart Week, I’ve compiled 7 quick and easy ways to save more money in just [...]
Finding the right apartment to rent is tough enough. Renting an apartment on a budget is even tougher. Between the application fees, moving fees and stress of finding the right apartment (in the right neighborhood and at the right price), the best thing you can do is carefully figure out how much you can afford [...]
Even though you haven’t set the Thanksgiving table, some consumers are already stressing about how much money they’ll spend this holiday season. According to a new survey from Experian, holiday spending is expected to go through the roof – along with consumers’ financial stress levels. The survey found that most stress comes from unexpected expenses consumers [...]
Often, the most frustrating part of preparing your taxes is searching for the information you need—and that process can make tax time much more stressful than it needs to be. Trying to track down all of your forms by the April 15 deadline is enough to drive anyone crazy. On top of the added stress, [...]
When you are working for yourself, you may not have a human resources person or retirement specialist working for the company with which you are employed to help guide you through your retirement options. You may have to rely on yourself. As a self-employed individual, you have many of the same tax-deferred options as employees [...]
Saving money should be easy, right? So easy you can be lazy about putting it into action. So, what are some lazy ways to save money? To start, you just take some of the money you earn and put it away in a savings account so you won’t spend it. Then you repeat. Yet most [...]
How do you feel about your finances—are you scared to death? Are you on track to meet your financial goals for this year? Has your financial life derailed instead? If your finances are more frightening than watching a scary movie alone at midnight on Halloween, treat yourself to these five money management tricks. It may [...]
If you fail to make payments on an auto loan it's possible for the auto lender to try to recover the money you owe on the car in other ways. The bank can put a lien on your home if you owe them money for another debt such as an auto loan. The lien remains on the home until you repay the auto loan debt and the lien will have to be dealt with when you sell the home. Both the bank and the mortgage lender will have to be repaid for the home sale to go through.
Making good financial decisions with an inheritance can have a major payoff. Using the inheritance to pay off debts and create an emergency fund is a good start. A 529 college savings plan can be used for the inheritance to be stocked away for college.