4 Identity Protection Tips for Summer Vacation

Have big summer travel plans? Warm weather, sunny beaches, and theme parks – these are the hallmarks of summer vacation. Unfortunately, so is identity theft. Vacationers often unknowingly leave their personal information exposed to thieves while traveling, which can turn a worry-free break into a prolonged and stressful fight to reclaim a stolen identity. Before … Continue reading 4 Identity Protection Tips for Summer Vacation

Summer Spending: 4 Cash-Burning Mistakes to Avoid this Season

Summer is a time for family fun and outdoor activities, but also one of increased spending. According to consumer credit reporting agency Experian, consumers surveyed spent an average of $2,275 per person on vacations in 2016, with $1,308 of that amount on credit card spending. Fortunately, there’s a way to maximize summer fun while minimizing … Continue reading Summer Spending: 4 Cash-Burning Mistakes to Avoid this Season

Your Summertime To-Do List

Summer is officially here and kicks off this month, school is out, daylight stretches out even longer, and pool days become an everyday activity. As your June calendar is filling up with pool days and backyard cookouts, make sure you build in a little time to keep your finances on track. June is a great … Continue reading Your Summertime To-Do List

How to Have a Fun Summer on a Hot Dog Budget

Summer is here. Your kids are finally free from school and they’re eager to make the most of it. But how can you make the most of it without breaking the bank? Fortunately, we’ve got some tips that’ll help you create those summertime fun memories without building up excessive debt. Use the summertime months to … Continue reading How to Have a Fun Summer on a Hot Dog Budget

How to get rid of PMI (aka Private Mortgage Insurance)

My husband and I bought our home in 2016 with a down payment of less than 20%. So, our lender required us to buy Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI). The same goes if you refinance your home with less than 20% equity. Since buying our home, our home’s value has risen, so now we are looking … Continue reading How to get rid of PMI (aka Private Mortgage Insurance)

Your May Financial To-Do List

Between celebrating Mom, the many graduation parties, and the Memorial Day barbecues, make some time this month to take care of your financial to-dos, too. That way, you’ll be ready to relax this summer, knowing that your finances are on track. If your home’s value has risen since you purchased it, you may be able … Continue reading Your May Financial To-Do List

5 Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make This Tax Season

Tax season is here! In fact, we’re already halfway to the deadline! You’ll want to make sure your finances are in order so that you can properly report your income and expenses to the IRS. Unfortunately, a lot of households make the same mistakes and they’re avoidable! Simple mistakes can lead to a tax audit. … Continue reading 5 Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make This Tax Season

Your February Money To-Do List

Welcome to February, where cold winter weather makes it the perfect time to stay indoors. I don’t know about you, but I’m going stir crazy. Thoughts have been swirling around in my mind about all of the things I want to accomplish around the house as well as the projects that I could/should already be … Continue reading Your February Money To-Do List

Thrifty Living: Couponing 101

The average American family of 4 (two adults and 2 children) spends roughly $200 a week on groceries which is a lot of money that’s spent on food. I grew up in a large family of 7 so couponing was a must in my family. In 2019, my husband and I decided that we needed … Continue reading Thrifty Living: Couponing 101

The Newlyweds Guide to Budgeting

After Eric and I got engaged we moved in together and got a real-world reality check. It quickly became obvious that we needed to figure out how we were going to handle our expenses and financials as a COUPLE… yikes! We knew that we needed and plan and that being on the same page with … Continue reading The Newlyweds Guide to Budgeting