When To Buy vs. When To Build A House

When To Buy vs. When To Build A House

If you’re thinking of making the leap into homeownership, congratulations! Shopping for and buying your first home is one of the most exciting things you can do. Truth be told, it’s also one of the most nerve-wracking. The sheer amount of decisions you need to make can feel incredibly overwhelming, and you definitely don’t want to make a major mistake.…


4 Ways To Avoid Budget Burnout

4 Ways To Avoid Budget Burnout

Setting a budget for yourself is a great way to control spending, track where your money goes and save for the future, but unfortunately there’s always a risk when restrictive behavior is involved. Budget burnout can mean going off the rails and blowing through your savings, but learning to balance restrictive behavior with responsible spending will ensure you stick to…


New Parents? Important Tax Tips Not To Overlook

New Parents? Important Tax Tips Not To Overlook

There are few things more exciting than welcoming a new child into your family, but that also means taking on the added costs that come with being a parent. Diapers, formula, baby equipment, and even toys can very quickly put a major drain on your finances. Having a new baby in the home can be exhausting, and having the additional…


CountAbout, the Quicken alternative for the cloud

CountAbout, the Quicken alternative for the cloud

Many of you have probably heard that Intuit sold Quicken, the aging desktop program that was once the mother of all personal-finance products. Interestingly enough, the company is keeping Mint, its cloud-based personal finance product. It appears that the powers that be at Intuit recognize that the world is moving to the cloud. However, the company will leave millions of…


8 Simple Ways To Get Out Of Debt Faster

8 Simple Ways To Get Out Of Debt Faster

How eager are you to get out from under your debt and finally become financially free? While working to become debt-free is often an uphill battle, it’s certainly possible. You don’t have to give up everything and live in a shoe to get yourself out of debt. With that said, here are 8 clever ways to do it without sacrificing everything…


5 Ways To Not Blow Up Your Grocery Store Budget

5 Ways To Not Blow Up Your Grocery Store Budget

They say that the majority of your income should go to two categories: food and shelter. And why not? Are these not the most basic tenants of survival? Do these categories not sustain our lives in a very elemental way? It is easy to say that food expenses should be made without guilt, but it’s another thing to be standing…


What’s Up With Those New Debit Card Chips?

What’s Up With Those New Debit Card Chips?

I recently lost my debit card and was sent a replacement one in the mail. I didn’t take a good look at my card. If I would have, I would have noticed a tiny new addition on the left hand side. It wasn’t until I stopped at a local convenience store and was startled by a beeping noise. The card…


5 Things That Aren’t Worth Your Money

5 Things That Aren’t Worth Your Money

Full disclosure: I have an iPhone. I believe it is a 6s. My last iPhone was a 4 something. I skipped over the 5 upgrade knowing full well that a 6 would be happening soon. I’m glad I waited, although there was part of me that felt like I was missing a lot when hordes of folks lined up for…