Do you ever wish you could go back in time and make different financial decisions? Some of the worst financial decisions are made when we are young and just starting to manage our own money and bills. At 18, you get that first taste of freedom, you can get your own credit card, open your own bank accounts without a parent, and even get a loan for a car on your own. But, making the wrong choices this early in the financial game, can set you back and affect your credit for years to come.Continue reading “Finance tips every 18 year old should know”
Credit cards can be a great way to build your credit especially when you are just getting started or repairing your credit. Being an authorized user on someone else’s credit card account may seem like a win-win, but before you have your name added, make sure you understand all the risks and rewards.Continue reading “How being an Authorized User affects your credit”
Working in the world of banking and finance, I often get asked by parents how early is too early to teach their children about money. When should they open accounts in their child’s name, should they give them access to it, or how soon is too soon to give them a debit card?
First and foremost, it ’s really never too early to teach children about money and finances, the earlier they learn the value of money and how to manage it the better off they will be later in life. Continue reading “Finances – What your children need to know”
If you are looking for a simple and easy way to save a few bucks, why not try the 52-week Money Challenge? If you haven’t heard of it before, here’s how it works. Every week you put away the same amount of money as the week of the year. So, week 1 you put away $1, week 2 you put away $2, week 26 is $26, and so on. At the end of the year, you will have saved $1,378. Continue reading “The 52 Week Money Challenge”
One of the biggest milestones in your life is graduating from college. It’s a symbol of independence and the start of your life as an adult. You’ll be on the hunt for a new job, a possible new place to live (Mom and Dad’s isn’t that bad, right?), and starting to manage your own money, including paying back those student loans. You don’t want to start your finances off on the wrong foot or overextend yourself from the get-go. Continue reading “Money Managing tips for Recent Graduates”
For most people, when they think about having a bank account, they assume that it’s just your basic checking or savings account. However, there are so many options when it comes to depositing money at your local bank. From the traditional checking and savings to CD’s and money market accounts, you can be sure that there is an account to meet all your needs. Continue reading “Where should I keep my money? Not all Accounts are the Same!”
Taking out student loans for college tuition and room and board is commonplace these days. If you recently graduated from college or decided to take a break from classes, be prepared to start paying back those loans 6 months from the time you leave school. While many students don’t pay close attention as those loans accumulate year after year, the lender does, and once you hit that 6-month threshold, expect those payment notices to start rolling in! Continue reading “When should you refinance your student loans?”
It seems keeping your personal information safe these days is like a full time job. From managing all your online accounts to monitoring your credit to validating what is spam. We live in an online global economy. Gone are the days where you can trust every email, every phone call and every piece of snail mail. Unfortunately, we must be on high alert 24/7, but it shouldn’t be a full-time job just protecting your personal information! Continue reading “7 Ways to Protect Your Personal Data”
Warning: Depending on your child’s hobbies and interests, suggesting they seek employment for the Summer Break and beyond may result in glares, the silent treatment, and resistance.
Some high schoolers love the idea of working to make some extra money, while others think it’s a fate worse than death. However, summer break is a great time to enter the job market and earn money to put towards buying a car, college tuition, paying a cell phone bill, or even simply building a savings account. A job or internship can also be added to those college apps to show work experience and new skills – not to mention they may discover a passion or future career. Continue reading “Why your high school student should have a summer or part time job”
Everyone knows that credit cards come with a credit limit, the maximum amount of money you can charge on the card. However, what’s not as widely known, is that credit card issuers don’t intend for you to max out your credit card by charging up to the credit limit. As you come closer to your credit limit, it can start to have negative effects on your credit score. Love it or not, much depends on the almighty credit score – from buying a home to getting a good rate on insurance and even employment for some professions. Continue reading “Card limits and why you can’t spend all your money whenever you want to”