Mortgage Secrets That Will Save You Money

Know someone who’s getting ready to buy a home? They might be interested in these mortgage insights.

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How to wean grown kids off your payroll, freeing up more retirement cash

Are your adult children still relying on you financially? Here’s how to help them find independence.

Just because your kids have moved out of the house doesn’t mean they’re out of your financial life. Six out of 10 (61 percent) parents with at least one adult child over 18 said they provided them financial help, according to a Pew Research Center survey.

But, eventually, empty nesters face the delicate job of shifting the bill-paying burden to their grown children. Covering your kids’ cellphone bill, car payments, credit cards and other monthly costs can’t last forever. Doing away with those bills, if possible, is a budget-friendly move.

Learn how here.

A New Benefit: Some Companies Help Workers Pay Down Student Loans

Many companies now help employees pay off their student loans. Is this the wave of the future?

 

Student loan debt has not only become more common, but the size of the average loan has nearly doubled over the past decade or so. Collectively, Americans carry more than $1.5 trillion in student loan debt.

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Great Ideas for $1,000: Home, Travel, Gifts & Fitness

Do you have a few hundred dollars to spare? Want to make the most of it? Here are a few smart (and fun) ideas.

Maybe you received a bonus at work, got lucky on a scratch-off lottery ticket or—unlike many disappointed taxpayers this season—you scored a sizable tax refund. If you have a grand to spare, we have recommendations on ways to spend it, including buying travel upgrades, creating a smarter home, making a difference for local schoolkids and much more.

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How to Budget Like a Millionaire

Most millionaires aren’t driving Lamborghinis and eating caviar. They’re driving reliable used cars and eating mashed potatoes and meatloaf. Millionaires aren’t wealthy because they’re lucky. They’re wealthy because they follow simple money habits year after year.

Click HERE to learn more about Dave Ramsey’s 6 Surprising Habits of Millionaires. 

How Cars Affect your Financial Freedom

It’s not that I don’t want a really fancy car, it is just that there is something I want a bit more: financial freedom. Car payments are many times the #1 obstacle that causes the average family not to achieve financial stability. Spend some time thinking about your current car situation.  Are your car purchases making your bank richer or you?

Here is a great read about “How Your Car Affects Your Financial Freedom.”

10 Reasons You’re Not Rich Yet

No matter how much you earn you could be creating your own barriers to financial success without even knowing it. Here are 10 things you might be doing that are preventing you from achieving financial freedom.

Click here to read Money Magazine’s 10 Reasons You’ll Never Be Rich. 

Financial Habits That Will Make You Sexier

Ditch the makeup and hair products. Your budgeting skills might be the thing you should really show off on your next date.  Money skills are more important than even good looks when seeking a mate!

In a recent survey about relationships and finances, MONEY found that both baby boomers and millennials agree on the three most attractive traits in a potential mate: a sense of humor, compassion, and—yes—financial responsibility. For both groups, those qualities all rank higher than physical chemistry, diligence, and even intellect.

Click here to find MONEY’s survey results on the most attractive traits.

When Should You Start Saving for College?

So when should you start saving for your kid’s college? The short answer is, as soon as possible.  However, you must fund your retirement first!  If you’re already putting enough away for retirement, start saving for your child’s college fund as soon as you can.

Click here to learn more about saving for your children’s college.

Should I Pay Off My Debt or Start Investing?

Should I pay off my debt or start investing? This question, perhaps more than any other, has plagued investors for generations. Ironically, it is one that can be easily decided by using a bit of simple math.

Read more here.