Category : General

Financial Abuse: What You Should Know

Domestic violence doesn’t always stop at physical abuse. In fact, statistics show that financial abuse is present in 99% of domestic abuse situations. So what is financial abuse, and how do you protect yourself? For starters, knowledge is power. Here are key indicators of financial abuse to look out for . If you are someone […]

The Quick Fix

Do you find yourself mindlessly spending money to solve problems that aren’t related to purchasing at all? Stop and identify the real problem- for example, have you ever bought unnecessary items while thinking: I’m tired, I’m anxious, I’m angry, or I’m bored? Identify a step you can take to fix the real problem that you […]

Financial Advice for Young People

A recent study by USF found that less than half of college graduates have the necessary aptitude to succeed financially. If you know a young adult who can use some sound financial advice, here are six principles to get them started off on the correct path with their finances.

Big Expenses

Needs versus wants – an ancient struggle that everyone has to face, but how do you deal with big ticket purchases? Consider this check list the next time you find yourself needing guidance and insight prior to making an expensive purchase.

Can’t buy me love – or so the saying goes…

Whoever said you can’t buy love was absolutely right! And not only can you not  buy love, but spending quality time with your significant other doesn’t have to come with a huge price tag either. Here are four ways to have an amazing date night – even when you’re on a budget!

9 Tips to Keep Your Back-to-School Budget on Track

Assess what is needed Establish a spending limit Establish a back-to-school shopping budget Create a sinking fund for school supplies Implement challenges to save money Be a smart shopper – think sales Figure out which expenses you can delay Plan ahead for next year Check for free or reduced-price back-to-school supplies

Financial Health Means Physical Health

Want a quick tip that is good for both your pocketbook and your waistline? Pack your lunch! Did you know that eating out often is associated with weight gain and higher blood pressure? Besides being expensive, restaurant foods tend to be higher in sodium and calories. When you prepare meals at home you get to […]

Budget Plans for A Quick Summer Trip!

“One good thing to come out of the last few years is the popularity of exploring more ‘local’ travel on a tank-full. It’s amazing how many incredible places are within a few hours’ drive from your home!” This article shares some tips and tricks for exploring your own neck of the woods with a single […]

Feeling Financial Stress Like The Majority of Americans?

“A new survey by Bankrate found money is often a significant cause of stress for most Americans: 52 percent say money has a negative impact on their mental health, up significantly from 42 percent a year ago. Among those who say money has a negative impact on their mental health, more than 4 in 5 […]

Wants: How do you pay for them?

“We all have ‘wants,’ and some things we wish to do or have are expensive,” writes Vicki Cook and Amy Blacklock. They continue, “While saving a down payment for a home or car and putting away money for a child’s education are considered ‘needs’ by some, you might also include them in the want category. […]