Taylor earned her degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in business management from Brigham Young University.
For many first-time college students, pursing a higher education is a journey that comes with newfound responsibilities. Managing money while simultaneously balancing school, work and social obligations proves difficult for many. When embarking on educational pursuits, don’t forget to keep credit scores at the forefront of financial commitments. There are many ways to go into debt as a student.... Read More
Late payments, rejected loan applications and dried-out bank accounts can be depressing. There are always ways to spend money, but how do you make more money when you need it? Can you earn extra money on the side? If you’re worried about money, try these easy money-making methods on the side. You don’t have to... Read More
A micro loan is a small, short-term loan that you can use to meet financial needs for your busienss. If you’re self-employed, you may need cash quickly, but not enough to justify taking out a big loan. Maybe you need the money to pay your workers or to pay for a marketing campaign you think... Read More
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and hopeless romantics are likely thinking of ways to show how much they love their significant other. If you have someone special in your life, you probably want to show them your affection by buying them a gift or taking them out for a fancy dinner. Whatever you decide to do,... Read More
You may agree that there are very few things in this world as annoying as your money costing you money. That’s precisely what happens when you use an ATM to make a withdrawal, deposit or check your bank account balances. The fees are pretty high when you use an ATM that isn’t operated by your... Read More
Saving money for big-ticket items isn’t that difficult if you give it enough time and planning. It does require some discipline. You may have already decided that 2019 will be the year you finally take your family on that week-long African safari. You have done your research, and you know that you’ll need to save... Read More
Ground Hog Day is a holiday that’s celebrated in the United States every year on February 2. Pennsylvania Dutch superstition says that if the groundhog emerges from his hole on this day and sees its shadow, the groundhog will retreat into his burrow and there are six more long weeks of winter. It’s the same tradition every... Read More
The final 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act legislation passed December 20, 2017, and was signed into law on January 3, 2018. It ended up being less scary than many Americans had feared. And while the biggest impact may yet prove to be on businesses, some important changes affect you and the majority of other... Read More
Bad weather in the winter can make driving terrifying. You may see lots of car accidents during snowstorms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that over 30,000 people die in car accidents every year in the U.S. These car accidents cost about $44 billion in medical care and work loss. And that’s... Read More
January 10th is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day. It’s about sustainability. It’s also a day to think about energy consumption and how you can reduce costs while being more eco-friendly. If you’re looking for ways to save money, then January 10th should be a big day on your calendar. This is a great opportunity... Read More
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