Category Archives: Manage Your Finances

Planning Ahead: Starting a Family and Preparing for College Savings

Planning Ahead: Starting a Family and Preparing for College Savings

As fall kicks into high gear, perhaps you’re looking ahead to when you’ll be starting a family or you’re already in the routine of shooing young kids out to door to meet the bus and reminding them not to forget their lunches. In either case, back to school season should also be a reminder that it’s time to think through your plans for college savings – the sooner, the better.Continue Reading

How to Kick Unemployment’s Butt!

How to Kick Unemployment’s Butt!

While it’s clear that you can’t prepare for everything, there are a lot of things that you can control. Don’t let a simple change in job status affect your financial future – take steps now to prepare and join the movement of young adults kicking unemployment’s butt!Continue Reading

Debit Versus Credit Card?

Debit Versus Credit Card?

I know that many people are against using a credit card. They see that it is too easy to overspend and get into credit card debt. I also see those in favor of using credit cards for rewards. Personally, I use a credit card solely because of the rewards I earn. I take the cash back and use it to invest in the stock market. There is one other reason to use a credit card over a debit card: security.Continue Reading

When You’re REALLY Ready to Buy Your First Home

When You’re REALLY Ready to Buy Your First Home

My wife and I have been talking about buying our first home for years now; heck, I’ve been writing about it for years. I know it’s not always the best decision when it comes to running the numbers, but for us, it is. While we have been aggressively saving our down payment for our first home, a few recent events have led me to think about when it’s appropriate to buy your first home. Here’s what I’ve decided.Continue Reading

Simple Tips to Keep More of Your Hard Earned Money

Simple Tips to Keep More of Your Hard Earned Money

I hate paying taxes. It’s not so much that I don’t want to help fund public works projects, but I don’t feel the government is the best at figuring out how best to spend my tax money. After all, these are the same people that built a bridge to nowhere. Because of this, I try to keep as much of my money as I possibly can, legally of course. Here are a handful of ways to help you pay the least amount in taxes.Continue Reading

5 Potential Building Issues You Need to Avoid

5 Potential Building Issues You Need to Avoid

Are you about to build a new home, and believe you’ve covered everything during your research? Think again! It’s more than likely that with the vast number of items on your list to consider, there are some potential issues you’ve forgotten to investigate.Continue Reading

Average Tuition Increase Rates: Why High Projections are WRONG

Average Tuition Increase Rates: Why High Projections are WRONG

If you being responsible and saving for your child’s education years before he/she attends college, I bet you have taken a look at the average tuition increase in order to try and estimate the amount you need to save so that your child doesn’t have sell a body part in order to pay for school. As a person who has paid 3 different schools for tuition (and recently), I know how difficult it can be to pay for the high tuition costs. While tuition costs are certainly high, it doesn’t mean that the estimates of high annual tuition increase predictions are accurate. For those trying to estimate how much college will cost in the future, you need to read this!Continue Reading

Buying a Used Car: Why Older is Better

Buying a Used Car: Why Older is Better

This past week, I announced that I got a new job. The job comes with a lot of potential advancement in addition to it being a direct application of my unique skill set. This is not to mention the slight pay increase as well. In many ways, it was a ‘no-brainer’ for me to accept the new job. One of the few downsides to accepting this position is that it meant that I could no longer take the train to work. Taking the train to my old job was in no way enjoyable. The walk through the snow, rain, and cold during the winters challenged my resolve to be a one-car-family almost every day. But, as I have come to find out, it was much more affordable to take the train than to own a second car.Continue Reading

Car Insurance Basics that May Surprise You

Car Insurance Basics that May Surprise You

You probably know that your auto insurance protects you if you are in an accident. If you have collision coverage, you most likely know that it covers repairs to your car. If you have comprehensive insurance, you might simply call your agent after a calamity and expect him to make you whole again. Even though comprehensive auto insurance doesn’t cover everything, you might be surprised at some of the things it may cover. Continue Reading