How to Budget Enough to Travel in Retirement

Ah, retirement. The freedom to travel the globe and take advantage of the freedom of not going to work every day. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job, but retirement is the ideal time of your life for travel, since work-related constraints go out the window. Affording those trips though is often easier said … Continue reading How to Budget Enough to Travel in Retirement

Preparing for Retirement in Your 20s and 30s

Although retirement may be decades away when you're in your 20s and 30s, it's a vital milestone to start planning for. The earlier you start thinking about it and preparing for it, the less likely you are to get caught up in the catch-up game as retirement approaches. My husband and I are both 28-years-old … Continue reading Preparing for Retirement in Your 20s and 30s

Why Credit Unions are the Better Way to Bank

Credit unions were born with a philosophy of “people helping people” and in large part, credit unions are well known for not only providing better banking products, but also for their involvement with their local communities. At 1st Financial, we’ve taken it one step farther and have teamed up with local organizations who are helping … Continue reading Why Credit Unions are the Better Way to Bank

Marriage & Money

When you get engaged it’s no longer just about you, everything suddenly turns into “us.” 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. We … Continue reading Marriage & Money

Welcoming a New Child into Your Financial Life

I’m not a parent yet, but I have enough friends and family with babies to know that a new baby brings a lot of excitement and family togetherness. It also means rethinking your family’s finances. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about education savings, life insurance policies and the new expenses that will … Continue reading Welcoming a New Child into Your Financial Life

Money Savings Tips for Kids

Teaching children how to save from a young age could help set them up for life. When you are a kid you think money grows on trees, or at least your parents have an endless supply, however, the reality is quite a stark difference. Starting a savings account for your children can help them build … Continue reading Money Savings Tips for Kids