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

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

Outdoor Home Renovations? Think Budget and Scope

Many homeowners view their outdoor spaces as their own personal oases, places where they can relax, dine and spend time with their friends and loved ones. In light of this, it makes sense that homeowners consider investing in major features that will transform their outdoor areas into additional living spaces. Like any home-renovation project, however, … Continue reading Outdoor Home Renovations? Think Budget and Scope

Memorial Day Weekend on a Budget

Memorial Day weekend is about honoring the men and women who have served our country, but it is also the unofficial kick-off to summer! No matter what your plans are, check out some helpful money-saving tips this Memorial Day Weekend! If you’re traveling, here are some ways to save a little extra cash:   Tune up your … Continue reading Memorial Day Weekend on a Budget

Budgeting Basics

Budgets are like the New Year’s resolutions of personal finance. We all know we should have one and we all know it’s a fairly simple thing to follow—at least in theory. Like resolutions, we often map out personal budgets with the best of intentions, only to abandon them a couple of weeks later. It’s easy … Continue reading Budgeting Basics