Real World Financial Advice for Families.

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, , | Friday, August 26th, 2016

How to Cut Costs Without Sacrificing Family Fun

Creating memories with your family is important. You want to connect with your family members through fun activities that everyone will enjoy, including trips to dream destinations, full-day adventures and long weekends of excitement. While it’s easy to splurge on your loved ones and justify the cost of making memories, you don’t want to break… View Article

, , , , | Thursday, August 18th, 2016

5 ways to make college more affordable

The value of a college degree isn’t what it used to be, but its importance certainly hasn’t diminished. In fact, in Sallie Mae’s report, “How America Pays for College,” 90% of families expect their student to earn at least a bachelor’s degree, with 54% expecting a graduate degree. Of course, if you’ve read any recent… View Article

, , | Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

How to Explain Auto Financing to Teens

Your teenager is probably chomping at the bit to own a car. While you are okay with the idea of your teen driver having his or her own set of wheels, you will not simply hand your child the keys — you want them to earn it by at least partially paying for the car…. View Article

, , | Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Movin’ Out: Finance Guide to Relocating Your Family

image 1 source: pixabay They say that the Universe works in mysterious ways to bring you exactly what you need and at the exact right time – but if the wheels of the Universe bring you a chance to move town, things can get pretty tricky finance-wise. Relocating your family lock, stock, and barrel to… View Article

, , , | Monday, July 18th, 2016

How to Save for Your Child’s College Education

Parents have big dreams for their kids from the moment they are born, but sometimes kids have even bigger ones. The problem with dreams, though, is that they cost a lot of money. With seven in ten seniors burdened with an average student debt of $28,950, it is quite easy to get frightened by the… View Article

, , | Thursday, July 7th, 2016

The Big City Move, Stress Free

A big city can come with a whole slew of stresses. You might find yourself lost, get frustrated with parking and be unfamiliar with traffic patterns of your new home. And this is just the start. The logistics of the move — particularly after a big change like graduation from high school or college —… View Article

, , , | Thursday, June 30th, 2016

The Real Cost of Student Loans

College graduates with student loan debt aren’t only thinking about how much they’ll have to pay back in student loan interest and principal over the next 10, 20 or 25 years. Increasingly, borrowers and policymakers alike are coming to terms with the reality that the real cost of those student loans is much higher. A… View Article

, , | Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Talking to Teens About Smart Financial Management

Teen spending is up, and it’s costing their parents money. The average 12- to 14-year old earns $2,700 a year, while the average 15- to 17-year old earns $4,900, according to MarketingVOX and Rand research. Just over a quarter of this income comes from working and 22 percent comes from parents, a YMCA report shows…. View Article

, | Thursday, June 9th, 2016

4 Tips on Saving Money during Summer

Summer is a time for families to do things together and bond, as kids are out of school with little to do, but is also often a financially stressful time for parents because of the money kids typically spend during summer. However, there are many ways to save money during the summer and beyond. Take… View Article

| Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Easy Strategies to Increase Your Home’s Resale Value

Preparing now to list your home in the near future is a wise strategy. In most markets, the peak of real estate sales happens April through June. But take advantage of the opportunity to ready your house now, and be prepared, so your home sells quickly and for the most money. Most home improvement strategies… View Article



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