Winterizing Your Vehicle

Fall is officially here, and the cooler weather is slowly making it's appearance here in Iowa. Even though it's tough to think about, now is the perfect time to start prepping your vehicle for those harsh winter months. Cold temperatures, dirt, and road-salt residue can all cause problems. However, there are some simple checks and … Continue reading Winterizing Your Vehicle

9 Easy Tips for Christmas Shopping on a Budget

According to ABC News, consumer counseling agencies see a 25 percent increase in the number of people seeking financial help in the first few months following Christmas. Most of those people come because of the holiday bills that haunt them. However, if you don't want to be "haunted," Christmas shopping on a budget can help. For … Continue reading 9 Easy Tips for Christmas Shopping on a Budget

Safeguarding against 5 Identity Theft Jackpots

Identity theft is nothing new, and yet it still manages to cost its victims billions of dollars (yes, that’s billions with a “b”) globally each year—not to mention the time and hassle involved in recovering a stolen identity. The good news is that there are tons of things you can do to deter identity thieves. … Continue reading Safeguarding against 5 Identity Theft Jackpots

Keeping Your Personal Information Safe from Fraudsters

While you may think that it’s unlikely that your identity will be stolen, the truth is – hackers and fraudsters are getting sneakier and more creative by the day.   The best way to help protect yourself:  Treat your personal information like cash – don’t hand it out to just anyone.    Your Social Security number, credit … Continue reading Keeping Your Personal Information Safe from Fraudsters

The Best Homemade Anniversary Gifts and Ideas

The best gifts are homemade and come straight from the heart. A store-bought gift can do the trick, but consider giving your significant other something more special for your anniversary. Try a custom gift this year to show your love. Homemade anniversary gifts can be gratifying to make and give, whether you write a set … Continue reading The Best Homemade Anniversary Gifts and Ideas

Tips to Save Money on Back to School Supplies & Shopping Lists

Back-to-school time has become its own shopping season, second only to Christmas. The Huntington Bank Backpack Index found an annual index chart that tracks the average cost of back-to-school supplies. It now costs an average of $1,000 to send a child back to school for supplies, clothes, health checkups, sports, and more! That's as much … Continue reading Tips to Save Money on Back to School Supplies & Shopping Lists

Valuable Tips on How to Save Money While in College

Many students are feeling the hurtful pinch of rising tuition costs and living expenses while in college. However, the great news is that you don’t have to be a starving homeless student. There are a ton of ways to save money and keep more of your hard earned cash instead of spending it, and we … Continue reading Valuable Tips on How to Save Money While in College

3 ways to prevent your summer vacation from destroying your finances

  Summer is the perfect time to take a vacation. Not only is it warm out, but children are home for break and most of the time not busy with school or extracurricular activities. Vacation is a great time to forget about the real world and enjoy a few days doing whatever you want. Unfortunately, you may suffer … Continue reading 3 ways to prevent your summer vacation from destroying your finances