Archives for October 2017

Not Saving Enough?

If you are concerned about your current savings account balance, the first step is to actually seriously commit to saving more. There is an old saying which says “Nothing Changes Until You Do”.  Your savings won’t increase until YOU change the way you do things and the priority you give to savings.  Those people without any savings if they want to do something fun and the vast majority will be able to find the money to do it, so it’s not that they don’t have the money to save… it’s just not a high priority. So the first step in increasing your emergency fund, your savings account or your retirement fund is to make it a priority. Once you’ve done that you can look for places where you can save money to redirect into those savings accounts. Here are a few effective ways to save money that you may not currently be using.

Hurricane! How to Get Compensation after Significant Home Damage

Hopefully, you’ve survived the recent hurricanes without incident, but with so many people suffering damage from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma you might be wondering how to get compensated if you suffer damage. For instance, suppose you are in the situation of my neighbor David. His roof was about 20 years old and so had about 5 years of life left in it before he was going to have to replace it. But along came hurricane Irma which ripped off about a dozen shingles and created leaks and potential leaks.

5 Tips for Paying for Medical Bills on a Budget

It is an unfortunate fact that millions of Americans continue to struggle with overwhelming medical bills every single month. Even if you have excellent insurance, you might still be hit with unexpected expenses and fees after visiting the hospital. Here is a look at five tips that will help you pay off your medical bills without breaking the bank.

Frugal Living 101

Family expenses can run high, and it may seem challenging at times to stay on budget. After all, there are often home repairs, car repairs, medical bills and more that seem to develop out of the blue. To better plan and budget for unexpected expenses and to continue to live successfully on a tight budget, you need to strategically keep your regular expenses as low as possible. These tips can help you to more successfully accomplish your financial goals.

Teaching Children to Use Money Intelligently

The world is a magical place for kids. It’s a place of astronauts, princesses, and wonderful adventures. To them, money is just a thing that Moms and Dads use when it’s time to go out for ice cream. That’s all well and good, there’s no need for kids to know how to refinance a home (yet), but kids are smart, and it’s important that they know how to use money wisely. The best way to show them, is by showing them how money works in their life.

Buyer’s Market: Great Ways to Save Money on Large Home Purchases

One of the least pleasant parts of owning a home is dealing with major purchases. As you slowly pay down your mortgage, your efforts to get out of debt will likely be interrupted by the necessity of making large home purchases. Fortunately, the three methods below can help you to save a bit of money.

Home Improvements that Will Pay for Themselves Over Time

When you have extra money to put toward your home, it’s important to choose improvements that earn back your investment either immediately,  over time or when you sell your house. Below are seven simple improvements can be done in a weekend or less, and all of them put the spent cash right back into your bank account.

Tips for Navigating Your First Home Mortgage

Owning your first home is a major milestone that you should be proud of. However, there are plenty of things you need to do to prepare for it. This includes signing a mortgage, which is a loan you’ll pay back on a monthly basis to the bank you borrowed money from to pay for the house. In order to be a responsible homeowner, you need to have a solid understanding of your mortgage.