5 Ways to Finally Break Free of Student Loans

Student loans left over after earning the degree can amount to a lot of debt, and you may be stuck paying it off for years. When you’re trying to organize your finances and eliminate debt, focus on paying student loans first.

Don’t Panic! 3 Stressful Fiscal Issues That Shouldn’t Blow Your Budget

While many major events can result in unexpected expenses and lost wages, these issues do not have to jeopardize your financial future.  Major life events can wreak havoc on your personal finances and that is why during ordinary times you should be building yourself a safety net. This net should ideally be six months to one year of living expenses. So if you typically average $3,000 per month in expenses (this includes rent/mortgage, food, gas, utilities, entertainment, everything) then you should have an emergency fund of at least $18,000! (6 x $3,000= $18,000) and preferably $36,000. If you don’t have at least the minimum you are at risk if one of the following events hits you.

Plumbing Problems: 4 Tips for the Amateur DIY Plumber

Being a first-time homeowner can be both exciting and overwhelming. You can take pride in knowing that each payment that you make towards your home loan is helping you build equity in your home. While building equity is something to be proud of, now that you are the homeowner, gone are the days where you can call your landlord if something goes wrong with the plumbing. It’s now your responsibility to pay for the repairs that you need whenever something breaks down. A good way to save on the cost of the repairs is to learn to do it yourself. If you’re starting to notice that something isn’t right with your plumbing, here are some DIY tips:

5 Financial Tips to Keep Your Children Fed While You’re Out of Work

Losing a job is never fun. It’s bad enough job when you’re single, but it’s a lot worse when you have kids. You worry about how you’ll feed yourself and them, especially if your unemployment stretches on for months. However, you can take steps to keep your kids well-fed while you’re unemployed. Here are five […]

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.