Declare Your Financial Independence

Independence has unique context and meaning for each of us. Regardless of what label best fits this particular stage in your life—employee, parent, student, teacher, or traveler—having a sense of financial safety makes a big impact on the quality of our life. We all deserve to feel secure in our financial future. If you’re [...]

By |2024-07-10T09:23:33-04:00July 9th, 2024|Budgeting, Savings|0 Comments

Identifying and Preventing Elder Financial Abuse

If you suspect elder abuse has been or is being committed, visit the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) and contact the appropriate authorities in your area. Here’s a sobering statistic: Americans over the age of 60 lose an estimated $23.8 billion annually to elder financial exploitation (EFE) according to the American Association of Retired [...]

By |2024-07-10T09:41:32-04:00May 21st, 2024|Budgeting, Savings|0 Comments

BookSmart: Top Financial Education Reads for Kids and Teens

Amidst juggling work, household chores, and other responsibilities, imparting valuable money lessons can sometimes take a backseat for busy parents. The good news? You have help! There are lots of great reads out there covering everything from building a budget to early investing. Check out this reading list for young children, tweens, and teens, [...]

By |2024-04-17T15:50:52-04:00April 17th, 2024|Budgeting, Savings|0 Comments

Financially Ever After: Tips for Joint Money Management

When was the last time you talked candidly about money with your partner? If you can’t recall…there is no time like the present. It’s widely known that money is a significant stressor for many couples in America, and this is especially true when it comes to syncing up your respective finances. Whether you’re married [...]

By |2024-02-13T15:25:04-05:00February 13th, 2024|Budgeting|0 Comments

Financial Planning Tips for Parents

Are you adapting to the exhaustion and euphoria of a new baby? Or navigating middle school math homework or the terrain of teenagerhood? Regardless of where you’re at in your parenting journey, these financial planning tips across all ages and stages can help ensure a secure future for you and your family. [...]

By |2024-02-01T13:42:19-05:00February 1st, 2024|Budgeting|0 Comments

Budget-Friendly Strategies for Charitable Contributions

November and December are big spending months—in 2022 holiday sales surpassed $960 billion. The holidays are also a time to give back, and there are affordable ways to make a meaningful impact this season. The holiday season is officially in full-swing, and if last year’s numbers are any indication, November and [...]

By |2023-12-08T08:45:01-05:00December 8th, 2023|Budgeting|0 Comments

Get Your Money in Holiday Mode

As the holiday season approaches, it’s fun to get swept up in the festive spirit and the joy of giving. However, it’s also a time when our wallets can feel the strain of gift-giving, holiday feasts, and family getaways. This year your financial wellness doesn’t have to take a holiday break. Your [...]

By |2023-11-30T09:40:52-05:00November 28th, 2023|Budgeting|0 Comments

5 Common Credit Card Myths, Debunked

Do you remember the first time you used a credit card or who taught you about them? Maybe you had a parent or money mentor who explained best practices or—like one of our recent Real $tories guests—you had to learn things the hard way (like so many of us do.) Credit cards have become an integral [...]

By |2023-10-24T09:14:18-04:00October 24th, 2023|Budgeting|0 Comments

Try These Ten Financial Life Hacks

As interest rates increase and prices for everyday items continue to move higher, many people are looking to make their money go farther, save more, or make their financial life easier. You might also look to manage consumer debt as part of your overall financial picture. A financial life hack [...]

By |2023-10-12T11:30:19-04:00October 12th, 2023|Budgeting|0 Comments

Rest, Recharge, and Save with a Staycation

As we welcome the arrival of fall and the 2023/24 school year, it’s worth acknowledging that many of us may be experiencing the Summer Blues as the result of high interest rates and historical inflation. In 2023, you might have felt forced to choose between making new vacation memories or sticking to a strict budget. [...]

By |2023-10-03T14:30:05-04:00October 3rd, 2023|Budgeting|0 Comments