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It may sound scary at first, but doing a regular budget check-up can be both easy and extremely beneficial. We want to give you four simple ways you can review your numbers to conduct your own budget check-up. You’ll take a look at your debt, emergency savings, net worth, and discretionary spending.

Saving enough money for retirement can be confusing and intimidating, which can prevent people from thinking about it altogether. This lack of planning is just one threat to your future’s financial security.  Whether you’ve been planning for years or you’re just starting out, here are seven threats to your retirement to keep in mind. 

For most everyone, following the basic money rules is the path to success. However, just like all rules, there are exceptions. Knowing when to break a money rule can be the key to long term financial success. 
 

Between Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday, you have had several opportunities to exceed your holiday budget with still nearly a month to go.  If you find yourself in that situation, don’t panic. You have several options available that can use to get yourself out of this financial difficulty.
 

For most people, following the basic money rules is the right choice for their financial situation.  However, as with most things in life, there are situations that following the tried and true advice might not be the best option.  
 

Being debt free is a goal for everyone who has any debt. Yet even though that is a goal for everyone, hardly any has a true plan to be debt free in the near future.  How can you reach debt free status? There are surprisingly several ways to become debt free that don’t have to be that painful.
 

The IRS is estimating that over 100 million people will receive a tax refund in 2016 out of an estimated 150 million tax returns to be filed.  Chances are pretty high you will receive a tax refund so the next question is what will you do with it? 
 

Another year has come and gone. And while it’s exciting to think of the New Year and new beginnings, there is also value in reflecting on the past. From a financial perspective, taking a look back at 2015 can help you lay the foundation for moving forward in 2016. 

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