12 Ways to Be Richer a Year From Now

Personal Finance

12 Ways to Be Richer a Year From Now

12 Ways to Be Richer a Year From Now

Without even knowing you I’d be willing to bet that the New Year’s resolutions you made this year didn’t materialize. There’s no point agonizing over that – it’s what happens to most people. But you can do something about it. Here are 12 ways to be richer a year from now. You don’t have to do them all,… Read More

3 Smart Money Moves for LGBT Couples

Personal Finance

3 Smart Money Moves for LGBT Couples

3 Smart Money Moves for LGBT Couples

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, same-sex couples, and modern families are receiving more acceptance and support than anytime previously, and that’s presenting more opportunities than ever to plan a financial future together, says Holly Hanson, CFP, founder of Harmony Financial Strategies. The bad news? They may be missing out on important benefits and… Read More

How Big Will Your Social Security Check Be?

Personal Finance

How Big Will Your Social Security Check Be?

How Big Will Your Social Security Check Be?

Social Security is probably one of those terms you have heard many times and know that you should understand, but might not. This is a government program established as a financial safety net for older Americans (as well as for other purposes). Based on contributions that you make while employed, this special fund pays you… Read More

10 Ways to Get More Out of the Farmers Market

Personal Finance

10 Ways to Get More Out of the Farmers Market

10 Ways to Get More Out of the Farmers Market

With the arrival of farmers market season comes opportunity for savings — and overspending. Farmers markets can be a great way to save money while supporting local businesses, but you have to be careful. For example, produce isn’t always cheaper at the market. And it isn’t even necessarily local. These tips will help you get more… Read More

5 Mortgage Myths That Won’t Die

Mortgages

5 Mortgage Myths That Won’t Die

5 Mortgage Myths That Won’t Die

Buying a home can be a big commitment — emotionally and financially. When picking a property, many of us hope that we will enjoy living there and comfortably afford it for years to come. For this reason, it’s a good idea to spend just as much time and energy finding the right mortgage as you do searching… Read More

The 8 Most Misunderstood Refinancing Terms

Mortgages

The 8 Most Misunderstood Refinancing Terms

The 8 Most Misunderstood Refinancing Terms

If you are having trouble keeping to your budget or at least making your monthly mortgage payments, you may have thought about (or been told to think about) refinancing. Homeowners often refinance their mortgage to secure a lower interest rate, shrink their monthly payments or change the length of the loan. But before you start… Read More

10 Graduation Gifts That Keep On Giving

Students

10 Graduation Gifts That Keep On Giving

10 Graduation Gifts That Keep On Giving

This time of year envelopes containing graduation invitations and announcements start showing up in mailboxes — but ideas for what constitutes a good gift may not be so plentiful. While every graduate — high school or college — would almost certainly welcome a gift of cash, the giver might prefer some assurance that the gift is being… Read More

How Important Is Your Down Payment on a Home?

Mortgages

How Important Is Your Down Payment on a Home?

How Important Is Your Down Payment on a Home?

When buying a home, most people take on a mortgage. There are many things to consider when taking on a mortgage loan, including interest rate, closing costs and the down payment. Once you calculate how much house you can realistically afford, you can start looking at properties and considering how you will afford the house…. Read More

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