Refinancing my mortgage recently was definitely the right move for me, but it may not be for you! In this article, you will find out: 1) Is it a good time to refinance your home now — see when it makes sense and when it doesn’t. 2) How to refinance your home — details about each of the steps to refinance a home. 3) How much it costs to refinance a home mortgage — and how to lower those costs. 4) What is required to qualify for a home refinance. 5) How long it takes to do a home refinance these days.
Taking a CLEP test saved me a lot of time and money on a college degree. Here’s how CLEP exams work, the biggest pros & cons of taking CLEP tests, and what you need to know before you take a CLEP test for college credits.
If you’re closing a credit card, make sure you follow these steps or your credit rating could be affected. Here’s how to cancel a credit card properly.
We are in the process of buying a new car. It’s been awhile since we’ve purchased a new vehicle, so I set out to do some research first. I’m sharing the info here, with the hope that it will be helpful to others who are also in the market to buy a new or used vehicle.
Roommates can make a lot of things easier including making it easier to pay your monthly house payment! However, roommates aren’t for everyone. Here are some things to think about before you try to find a roommate.
Many people don’t understand the causes of homelessness and can find themselves quickly in this position. While you may have to give up your house and life as you know it, here are some awesome homeless prevention tips for you. Here are 7 ways to lower your housing costs.
I learned a lot from my parents about money. Or rather, I should say, I learned about how NOT to handle money. My plan is to NOT pass these financial disorders on to my own kids. Here are all the best tips for teaching kids about money.
Common sense tells us that it’s cheaper to pay in cash than with credit cards and loans. But just how much cheaper is a cash payment? Here are some interesting facts to get you thinking about using cash whenever possible with some helpful tips thrown in about credit calculators and some fun cash trivia.
Do you have one credit card JUST for emergencies? Here’s what really qualifies as an emergency — what you should and should not use your credit card for.
Comparing auto insurance quotes online enables you to sit comfortably at the computer where, in a matter of minutes, you can narrow your options down to the point where you are confident that you’ve met your needs at the most reasonable price.
Experts tell us that the best way to stay out of financial trouble is to live within our means. Right? But there’s ‘living within your means’ and then there’s ‘living below your means’. Which boat are you in? Here are great tips that will help!
I remember a time when I had no idea how auto insurance rates were calculated. I needed coverage and paid whatever I was asked. I realized I was spending more than necessary when I looked into low-cost auto insurance and I’m sharing what I found out about how rates are determined and sharing some tips for getting the lowest auto insurance rates available to you.
If you’re a member of Gen Y, and you don’t have a savings account, then you probably don’t even care! Generation Y seems to be experiencing a quarter life crisis. Here’s what that means now… and for your future.
Want to become a millionaire? Here’s the profile of the typical millionaire. It’s a great list of things to strive for, and traits that you can actually achieve yourself.
These days, your best financial move is to find your own creative ways to save money on the home mortgage. In effect, cheap mortgages are easier to come by than you might think. You just need to do a few things differently.
Are you all set to sell your gold jewelry and or coins as scrap? You should reconsider doing so because this is not the best way to get the best price for your gold.
Do you have a mound of holiday debt that you have no idea how you’re going to pay off? Consider these 7 tips to get out of holiday debt fast!
Are you worried about being prepared for a financial emergency? Here’s how to conduct a financial fire drill so you won’t get caught off guard — financially speaking. Plus tips for setting up an Emergency Fund and an Opportunity Fund to give yourself some cushion in your family budget.
In this economy, the rules about how to handle your money & funds have changed. It used to be thought that investing in stocks and other types of investments and then sitting on them was the way to go. However, investing your money & funds that way can actually lead to financial disaster.
Is the cost of raising your family overwhelming? There’s a lot of great advice for parents out there. Some of the best tips are summarized here — including how to feed your kids healthier meals & snacks for less money.
Believe it or not, there are quite a few ways that you can save money painlessly, and still be able to cover your basic expenses. Not only is it painless, but it’s easy!
How to simplify your investments if you have multiple accounts.
I am a big fan of using a budget worksheet for my personal and business expenses. I am so much more organized and know exactly what’s coming in and what money is going out by using a free budget planner. There are so many to choose from, so I am giving you a list to see which is the best fit for you and ou started!then step-by-step instructions to get y
These college students money saving tips help college students get a handle on their money now, so they don’t go horribly into debt into debt in the future.
Tips to help you become financially independent so that by the time you retire or before if you are lucky, your money will be your own.
Suze Orman’s advice is simple: ‘people first, then money, then things.’ I have great confidence in her system and it has worked for me. Here’s why.
If you’re anything like me, you might not know the cost of raising a child. Following are the types of expenses generally required when raising a toddler age 2-4. Included are average daycare costs, toys for toddlers, medical expenses, food, and clothing costs. I’ve even broken it down so you know the cost of raising a child per year.
Even if you haven’t been planning on remodeling or upgrading your home, now is definitely the time to take a serious look at the possibilities. These tax incentives will go a long way in stretching your budget and will not only pay you back now through tax credits and refunds, but they will continue to pay you back as you save energy in the future!
Over the last few years in the health industry, it has become increasingly common for annual increases in premiums. It is still possible to get affordable health coverage, you just have to know what to do and where to look!
The key to lowering your tax liability is to reduce your adjusted income to its lowest possible amount. Here are some ways to do that, plus great last-minute tax tips for all you procrastinators!
Those who make below a living wage make insufficient income to live locally given the local cost of living. Here’s what you can to in terms of budgeting for food, childcare, medical, transportation, housing, and miscellaneous expenses.
Charitable contributions may be the last thing you have on your mind during tough times. But, the truth is, giving away money, time, and items is always a good idea. Here are the top 3 reasons to consider making charitable donations this year.
Especially during the holiday season, there are people who aim to steal purses, pick pockets, and take purchases from your car. Here’s how to avoid holiday theft this shopping season.
Bank fees are at an all-time high. Some of these bank fees can be avoided. Here are some things you can do to keep a handle on bank fees…
Beyond typical winterizing, here are some things you can do to boost your energy and money savings during the winter…
Even more experienced car buyers can be caught in car salesman tricks of the trade. Here’s what to watch for when a car salesman tries to sell you new car.
Perhaps it’s time to start talking debt help and how to get it. Have you ever looked into money management support groups? It’s time to stop letting shame and inadequacy keep us from being real and honest about money and finances. Here’s what I’ve learned about debt support groups, including how to find online support groups as well as local debt support groups in your area.
If the government can bail out AIG, why aren’t everyone’s debts also canceled? That’s a good question, but is it a good idea? Here’s what you need to know about the latest mortgage crisis and how these government bailouts will affect you.
John McCain says Barack Obama will raise taxes for everyone. Barack Obama says John McCain will give the rich tax cuts while cutting needed services. McCain accuses Obama of giving government hand-outs. Obama accuses McCain of not being in touch. Aside from the accusations, where do the presidential nominees stand on the economy? Following is a summary of Barack Obama’s plans for the future, as well as his past actions to improve the economy.
At what point is monthly budgeting a means of saving and planning for the future, as opposed to a means for survival?
MyGallons.com is one of the prepaid gas cards on the market today and it allows you to pre-purchase tomorrow’s gasoline at today’s prices. So, is it worth it? Should you really pre-pay for gas like this or should you just buy traditional gas gift cards? Are there any ‘catches’? Here’s what you need to know before you sign up for prepaid gas with MyGallons.com.
Showing someone else how to manage money may be easy when that someone is your teenager. If you’re trying to help another member of your family who’s asking you for money, giving them money management tips is probably not going to be as easy. Here are some things you can do when dealing with a loved one who cannot or will not manage their money.
If you’re looking for some debt collection help, including tips for dealing with debt collectors who are harassing you, start here. These tips will help put an end to all the phone calls from debt collection agencies, and put you back in control of your past-due bills.
Here are the best reasons to buy cars for cash, rather than financing.We recently weighed the pros and cons and this is what we determined when you chose to pay cash for used cars. I’ve also gathered some tips on how to avoid auto dealer scams, and what to watch for when you’re buying a new or used car.
There are many advantages to paying a mortgage over paying rent. Still, renting a home is not exactly a waste of your money. Here are some interesting facts regarding renting vs owning a home.
Are there any incentives to purchase savings bonds right now? While I-Series savings bonds are less desirable today than they were just a month ago, there are still reasons you may want to purchase savings bonds at this time. Here’s what you need to know about Series I bonds.
Measuring one method of doing dishes against another, dishwashers cost less and get your dishes cleaner than hand-washing alone. Here are some other things you can do to save money while using the dishwasher to clean your dishes…
A large number of Generation Y is still living at home with mom and dad, in an effort to save for the future. While this means these adult kids will have more money in their bank accounts to buy a home and start a family, it also puts a strain on Mom and Dad’s savings. And they still have their OWN future to plan for.
Can inflation actually pay off for us? Yep, here’s how. According to financial guru Clark Howard, you should purchase savings bonds. Say what?!
My family used a Health Savings Account one year. Here are some thoughts about HSAs…