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Categories: Money Matters, Saving, Taxes

For millions of Americans, they have or will soon receive a tax refund check this year.  This year’s average refund check has been nearly $2,900 per return.  There are several prudent choices for your tax refund and even a few fun ways to spend it if you just have to spend the refund.

With the first quarter of the year already gone it might be time to look at those resolutions that you formulated at the start of the year. If like some, many of your New Year’s resolutions have gone by the wayside.  If those forgotten resolutions are financially related there is still time to get them back on track.

If you have kids, no matter the age, you’ve probably at one point at least thought about how to 
pay for college someday. If you don’t already have a plan in place, or if you have a plan, but 
you’d like additional suggestions, we have a couple ideas to help you get started

Categories: Money Matters, Saving

Saving money can be a difficult habit to start and the one habit that is amazingly very easy to stop. Fortunately, there are a few easy tricks to saving that don’t require a budget overhaul. From paying in a manner that generates rewards for you to not spending a certain type of paper currency, all are ways you can save without really changing your habits either.

For most consumers there has to be a decision on whether to build your retirement savings or to build a college fund for your children. This is a very tough decision and one that can be emotionally charged.  The best way to answer which should be a priority is to take the emotion out of the question and look at it as a pure financial dilemma.

Categories: Budgeting, Saving

One of the most important building blocks for a sound financial future is to be prepared for the unexpected…and having an emergency fund is the key to being prepared financially.  Many times emergency funds are derailed because we don’t have enough saved or we use them for non-emergency items.

Categories: Finances, Homeownership, Saving

Did you know if your house isn't properly insulated, it could be leaking hundreds of your hard-earned dollars each year?

As a parent you know that saving for your child’s future is important. You may have established several different methods for saving for them including education funds. While it is important for you to save for your child, it is just as important, if not more,to teach them to save for themselves. Here are a few ways to get them started saving for a new car, college, travel, and other expenses.
 

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