How to Choose a Certified Financial Planner

Building a trusting relationship with your financial planner is absolutely critical. Your family deserves a qualified, responsible, and reputable financial advisor who will be managing your money based on your specific needs. You’ll want to consider these tips when selecting a financial planner that will do his best to meet and exceed your individual needs. Your finances, as well as your personal security and peace of mind, depend on it! Know What You’re Looking For Most financial Read More...

Setting and Achieving Personal Financial Goals

One of the keys to living a fulfilling life is knowing where you’re going – financially, spiritually, and emotionally. Having realistic goals motivates, excites, and pushes you forward to get the most out of yourself and from life’s experience. When your financial life is in order and you’re en route to accomplishing financial goals that support your values and dreams, you’ll be a happier, more self-confident person as a result. Begin fulfilling your own Read More...

Understanding How to Save Money

We often hear the same basic advice when the subject of how to save money comes up in conversation: “Either spend less money, or make more.” Unfortunately, for most of us it’s just not that simple. In fact, many of us don’t even understand where our money is going, until we begin to fully analyze our finances to discover our money drains. Only then can we hope to change our habits to save money without going broke or losing the things we have. It bears repeating, then, Read More...

Are You Financially Prepared for Moving?

Most people decide to relocate because they feel the move will increase their quality of life, one way or another. If you’re not prepared for the financial burden associated with a big move, then you’ll benefit from a consultation with a financial planner. To prepare yourself financially for relocation, use these helpful tips to ease the potential burden: Have an emergency fund close at hand If you’re considering an expensive relocation soon, you’ll need to include a Read More...

How to Save Money on Groceries and Everyday Living

If you’re a member of the average family today, you’re probably prone to living beyond your means, at least some of the time. A few extra items every time we shop for groceries, one too many trips to the nearest department store for clothes, or deciding to live in a place we really can’t afford – these are just a few ways we keep ourselves in debt, when we don’t have to. Or maybe we just don’t know enough about money management to realize the damage we can do to ourselves by Read More...

Ben Stein Gives Straight Talk about Retirement Planning

Ben Stein is a widely recognized figure from some of his television appearances, usually as a game show host or source of comedic relief on various programs. More importantly, Mr. Stein is an expert financial advisor who has studied and written extensively on the subject of finance and related planning. In this short video, Ben Stein speaks on behalf of the National Retirement Planning Coalition to introduce the concept of retirement planning in straight-forward, easy-to-understand Read More...

Planning Dream Weddings on a Tight Budget

Every girl dreams of what her wedding day will be like and even guys have some image of what that special day will bring. Unfortunately, financial concerns often get in the way of enjoying the kinds of weddings we’d like to have. Even if you have limited finances, however, you can still plan a dream wedding on a tight budget. It’s no secret that weddings can become expensive ventures that create long-term financial burdens. Use a little creativity and innovation, however, and you Read More...

Free Mortgage Affordability Worksheet

A mortgage payment is much more involved than paying rent. It’s a long term commitment to pay a fixed rate mortgage for 15, 20, or even 30 years. Plus, there’s homeowners’ insurance, property taxes, and in some cases, loan insurance and homeowners’ association dues tacked on to increase the amount you’ll need each month just to live comfortably in your new home. That’s not counting utilities, groceries, and repairs! Relax, don’t panic. There’s a way to figure out exactly how Read More...

How to Buy Your Home Outright to Save Money

Have you ever considered paying cash for your next home? In some cases, this is a more realistic goal than you might realize, if you’re willing to put forth the effort to make it happen! Of course, you may not be able to afford a sprawling Tudor mansion set against an English hillside. On the other hand, a suitable ranch style home that needs a little attention or a modular home on a beautiful lot may be well within your range. If you purchase a home outright and put in the necessary Read More...

Increase Your Property Value with Low-Cost Home Improvements

If you want to increase the value of your property value, you will want to pay attention to what prospective buyers are looking for when making home upgrades. This doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg, either. In fact, one afternoon and $1,000 or less could be enough to create a look buyers and appraisers will drool over. Here are some inexpensive home improvements sure to create aesthetic appeal and increase the value of your property: 1. Do-it-Yourself Crown Molding Sure, Read More...

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