Saving on Home Renovations

Renovating your home is often an exciting process but also a stressful one. And one of the most important components of any renovation project is to plan your budget to ensure all the costs are covered. Anyone who has watched any HGTV knows that there are always unexpected surprises that cut into your budget so be sure to allow at least 10% to cover these unexpected expenses. Here are a few tips to help you to save smart and have enough to finish the project properly.

Teaching Children While Saving for College

Many adults, find it hard to plan for something that may not happen for another few years or decades. For a child, it may be nearly impossible to comprehend the need to worry about something that won’t occur until they are two or three times as old as they are today. However, it is critical that parents find a way to teach their children while saving for college as part of their mandate to prepare them to become independent adults. This is not simply because of the benefits of getting an education, but the process itself is actually beneficial. If you simply plunk the money down when the time comes you will actually not be doing the best thing for your child and he or she may not appreciate the gift that has been bestowed upon them and thus may actually waste much of the opportunity.

Why Adding A Mother-In-Law Apartment Could Be a Good Investment Bet

When it becomes necessary for your parents or in-laws to move into your home, you might want to create a space so that they don’t feel like they’re living in the same house as you and your family. It will give them the space that they desire and your family a bit of normalcy while still being able to care for your parents or your in-laws. Before parents move onto the premises, you want to plan ahead by adding a mother-in-law apartment or even an extra room or two to the home.

4 Hobbies That Can Make You Money

Mark Twain famously said, “Find a job you enjoy doing and you will never have to work a day in your life”. By simply “thinking outside the box” you can turn a hobby into a moneymaking enterprise and do exactly what Mark Twain was referring to. Even if it’s something that you do on a part-time basis, you can make money from some of the things that other people see as a way to pass time. When you figure out what you like doing the most in regards to a hobby, you can begin buying more materials or spending more time completing tasks to see how much money you can make.

Considering Divorce? Your Budget Will Take a Major Hit

Divorce at any point in life will be expensive and that is not just counting the lawyer’s fees. If you’re in the middle of a divorce or considering the process, take a close look at how your budget will change.

3 Keys to Teaching Your Kids Financial Literacy

Teaching kids how to take care of their money while they are still kids can help them become financially healthy adults. They must learn how to take care of their money, even if their school doesn’t offer classes in money management. You, as their parent, should teach them about the concepts of budgeting, saving, and spending. If you do, they stand a better chance of developing excellent and healthy financial habits that will benefit them well into adulthood.

Have You Made Mistakes? Why and How to Get Them Expunged

If you’ve made mistakes in the past that resulted in your getting a “record” whether it be Criminal or Civil these mistakes can follow you and make your life miserable (and much more difficult). Having a “record” can make it hard to get a job, rent an apartment, or get a loan or credit card. Drug crimes (including possession) can certainly turn employers off and make finding work much harder. You might think that there is nothing you can do. But if you’ve “turned over a new leaf” and are trying to get your life back on track you may be able to get your record expunged.

Money & Mannerisms: Traits That Lead to Success

In many ways, our financial habits are an expression of our personalities. Those who tend to be impulsive in other areas of their lives may be more likely to spend money on a whim. Those who tend to be more measured in other areas of their lives may also be more likely to be calculated when it comes to their finances. Let’s take a look at some other ways that your personality traits correlate with your financial success.