Communicating openly about how you manage your money is a big part of having an honest and trusting relationship. Here, we’ve compiled six tips to help guide you in this super-important conversation. 1: Plan in advance Broach the topic with your partner a few days before you want to have the “Big Money Talk” and
You’ve tracked your spending, designed a budget for your monthly expenses, and you’re on a path to financial wellness. In this next step, you’ll create a plan for paying down debt. Consumer debt can be one of the biggest challenges to financial wellness. With some intentional action and commitment, reaching true financial wellness is possible.
Now that you’ve tracked your spending and kept a careful record of where your money goes over the course of a month, you’re ready to move onto the next financial wellness step: creating a budget. Budgets play a crucial role in promoting financial awareness, which leads to more responsible money choices. Let’s look at how
Tracking your spending is the first step toward greater financial awareness and overall financial health. But, mastering this skill is easier said than done. How can you track every dollar you spend when you make multiple daily purchases? We’ve outlined how to track your spending in 3 easy steps. 1. Choose your tools. Tracing every
What makes us overspend? Let’s look at five common reasons and how we can overcome them. 1. To keep up with the JonesesWhen people who seem to be in the same financial bracket as us can afford another pair of designer shoes for each outfit, we should be able to afford them, too, right? Break
WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR FIRST PAYCHECK As part of the changes you’re gearing up for in the months after you graduate, you’re poised to enter the working world as a long-term employee, perhaps for the first time in your life. As you prepare for this transition, you might have dollar signs dancing in your
It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year; but for many, the holidays can be an expensive time. From gifts to decorations to wrapping paper to special events, it’s easy to overspend and possibly even go into debt paying for all the extras. In 2019, Forbes reported on a Gallop poll showing
Don’t be the next victim of a debt-collection scam! Here’s all you need to know about these scams: HOW THE SCAMS PLAY OUT In a debt-collection scam, a caller claiming to represent a debt-collection agency demands immediate payment for an alleged outstanding debt. The caller insists on specific means of payment and may threaten to
With interest rates falling and home prices rising, it might be a good time to use your home’s equity. A home equity loan, or HEL, can be an ideal way to source extra funds during a falling-rates environment. If approved, you’ll receive the funds in one lump sum within a few days. There are no
Credit cards and debit cards offer incredible convenience; but, is it a smart idea to pay monthly bills with them? Choosing to pay a bill with a card can have a significant impact on your general financial wellness. It’s important to consider the many variables of this decision before going ahead with it. Let’s inspect
It’s no secret that the IRS excels at making things complicated. And when you’re busy learning the ropes of a new job, trying to fill out a 4-page W-4 form can be a huge hassle. It’s not a good idea to rush through it, though, because a small mistake now can mean withholding too much
Credit scores can affect you more than you know. Employers look at credit scores. Landlords look at credit scores. Bill providers look at credit scores, and they might decide to charge you if yours gets too low. With all this pressure, you’ve no doubt started working on some good habits for improving your credit score.
Using emergency funds to survive prolonged unemployment, an unexpected large expense, or a medical emergency is the best way to make it through financial hardship. If your savings are depleted, though, it’s best to start rebuilding as soon as possible. Here’s how: SET A GOALBefore getting started on saving up money, establish a tangible goal.
Getting rid of debt isn’t easy, but if you’re ready to do what it takes, you can shake off any amount of debt. Let’s take a look at two popular approaches for paying down debt and explore the pros and cons of each. The debt snowball methodThis approach involves focusing on paying off the smallest
Your credit score is an indicator of your financial wellness and responsibility. We have outlined how credit scores are calculated, why it matters, and steps to take to improve your score. How is my credit score calculated?The three major credit bureaus in the U.S. collect and share information on a person’s credit usage with potential
Is your debt shrinking? Have you gotten rid of one of your outstanding loans or lines of credit? Well, then it’s time to celebrate! Take the time, this month, to celebrate every small goal you’ve reached on your journey toward paying down debt. You don’t need to spend much to celebrate an achievement; find inexpensive
Update every bit of progress you make on the debt spreadsheet you created earlier this year. Keep your spreadsheet in a visible place so you can quickly and frequently track your progress. Watching those numbers shrink will give you the motivation you need to work harder and make it all happen quicker. Just imagine; one
Now that you’re maximizing your payments toward the debt you’ve prioritized, make sure it happens by automating your payments. Set up an automatic transfer in your designated amount from your checking account or your savings account to that debt each month, and it will be well on its way to disappearing! Need help? Meet with
It’s easy to go overboard for Christmas. Giving extravagant gifts to your family members seems like a great idea … until you’re facing a huge credit card bill in January. However, it happened, approach this problem rationally. Blaming yourself is pointless; the important thing now is to right yourself financially. Fortunately, you’re not facing this
Let your debt snowball grow by packing it with all your unexpected windfalls. Seasonal bonus at work? Add all or most of it to your snowball. Unexpected refund? Let it go toward paying down your debt. Birthday gift money from Great Aunt Sally? You know where it’s going! It isn’t easy to say goodbye to