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Understanding IRAs

Understanding IRAs

Friday, August 9, 2019

Have you started saving for retirement? It is easy to get overwhelmed with all of the different options for retirement savings, including which account to choose.  If you haven’t started saving for retirement, it’s never too early or too late to start. While there are many ways to get started and save for retirement, we’re going to go over two main types of IRA accounts in this article - Traditional and Roth IRA (An IRA is an Individual Retirement Account). Both have different advantages.
Holding Hands

Financial Steps After a Death of a Loved One

Friday, August 2, 2019

One of the hardest things to do is deal with the death of a loved one. On top of all the emotional strain you are under, you have to plan for a funeral, final wishes and settle all the financial issues.
College Student Studying

Student Loans, a Breakdown

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

School can be expensive. When it comes to continuing your education the prices add up quick. Most people don’t have the option to pay out of pocket, this is where grants, scholarships, and student loans come in. we’ve broken each one down to help you decide which option is right for you.
Family Packing Vacation

Planning a Trip?

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

From searching for the best flight to finding the perfect hotel, you often spend hours planning the perfect vacation. It’s easy to get caught up in the planning and you forget to budget. Before planning any of these parts of your trip though, it’s important to start with a budget. Your budget should include a spending limit on transportation, lodging, food, souvenirs, and special attractions. Here are a couple tips to help you stick to your budget to avoid overspending, while still being able to enjoy yourself on your next vacation.
Budgeting Tools

Financial Tools to Help You Budget and Save

Friday, June 21, 2019

Modern tech has changed the way we manage and budget our money. Gone are the days of pen and paper ledgers and worksheets. With all the technology out there, more and more people are using phone apps and website tools to help manage their finances.  Here’s a breakdown of some of these financial budgeting tools that our staff recommends:
Graduation Hat Toss Finding Real Scholarships

Finding Real Scholarships and Avoiding Scams

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Each year, students looking to continue their education begin the hunt for scholarships to help ease their financial stress. With the multitude of websites claiming to provide scholarships, how can you spot the fakes from the legitimate ones? We’ve compiled a short list of red flags to help you distinguish the fakes from the real deals
Budget friendly Vacation Suitcase

Budget-Friendly Vacation

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

When it comes to vacation, many people think they can't afford or make the time for one. A vacation doesn't have to be a globetrotting international trip or an extravagant Instagram worthy getaway. It can be time off enjoying your own city.  (Or if you are like some on our team, having time off to lounge around is a great luxury.) So what do you do when you only have a small amount of money or you’re short on time?
Car Accident

Life Happens, Are You Covered?

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Insurance should be part of your financial plan. Finding a policy that fits both your budget and provides you the coverage you need can give you peace of mind today and financial relief when the unexpected occurs. It is important to set yourself up early with good insurance so you will have the coverage in place, should you need it in the future. That isn’t to say you can’t purchase insurance later in life; it just may cost you more.
Children Counting Coins in Savings Jar

Tips for Educating Your Children about Saving

Friday, May 10, 2019

Teaching your kids to save money is an important part of parenting. Many people graduate from high school and college with no concept of how to save money. You can teach your children to save money at almost any age. Here are some tips to help:
New Parents with Baby

Financial Tips for New Parents

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Becoming a parent is an exciting time in your life. It's a phase where you are happy and nervous at the same time. You may have been preparing for this event for a long time, but when you actually experience it, things sometimes seem uncontrollable and terrifying.