Your financial fitness impacts every area of your life. It’s not just about money. Financial concerns can influence your stress levels (and as a result, your physical and mental health) as well as affect your relationships. Your lifestyle depends largely on your financial health, now and in the future. If you want...
The so-called “snowball” strategy for reducing debt is a popular one, often touted by financial gurus and motivational speakers such as Suze Orman and Dave Ramsey. The approach can be a very effective tool to help you trim down your debt and eventually become completely debt-free. There are also variations on...
The capabilities of smartphones and apps have created a population dependent on their mobile devices. From games to health care apps, smartphones have far exceeded the basic premise of talk and text in the realm of mobile phones. One of the major trends of apps has been the birth of...
Studies have shown that there is a direct correlation between stress levels and health complications. When energy is spent combating stress, it weakens your immune system, which can lead to declining health and an overall lower quality of life. These complications will usually bleed over to every aspect of your...
As we begin to wave goodbye to another year behind us, and ring in the New Year, it is common to hope that the next year will be better than the last. One way people try to ensure this is by making New Year’s Resolutions. With 2014 behind us, 2015 brings...
Managing credit card and bank accounts can be time consuming, and time is money. It can also be a hassle, especially for those who don’t like crunching numbers and sifting through monthly statements. Neglect to stay on top of those tedious tasks, though, and soon it can translate into mismanagement. The...
American’s eat out an average of 4-5 times per week. That includes running to get a quick bite for lunch, fast food stops and dining out at a sit down restaurant. Eating out is becoming more accommodating too, with gluten free, low-fat, and vegan menu options, among others. There’s been...
Bankruptcy – the ultimate form of debt relief. Virtually all of your debts are wiped out in an instant, giving you a fresh slate to reestablish your credit and regain control of your finances. While bankruptcy may seem like an ideal solution, it is usually reserved for the "worst case...
When times are tough and jobs are hard to come by, people are on the lookout for the best deals out there. Negotiation, or haggling, can be quite beneficial if you’re good at it. Negotiation is a discussion between two parties in hopes of coming to an agreement about something....
Thinking about traveling this summer? Beware of credit card skimming. Card skimming is the electronic act of stealing someone’s credit card information with an electronic reading device, similar to phishing, and using the card to make “legitimate” purchases. Skimming is increasingly on the rise and all over the news, just...
If you’re like most parents with children, you know the end of the week is the time for allowance. Your little ones were responsible with their chores and cleaned the dishes, took out the trash, made their bed, and even made it to the bus on time. You hand over...
Most of us don't have the money in hand to buy a car outright. We may have some to put down on the car or a trade that has value, but we have to get a loan to cover the rest. I have literally financed 10 cars in my 23...
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