Entries from November 2016

Top 5 Fuel Economy Tips

Date November 30, 2016

The days of dollar-a-gallon gasoline are long gone. Today, we wind up spending $50 to $80 every time we stop to fill up our gas tanks. Considering the average commuter fills up once a week, we spend a staggering $3,240.00 a year just on gas! Sure, there are plenty of solutions to ease the pain […]

Caring for an Elderly Parent

Date November 28, 2016

Caring for an aging parent or relative can take its toll on you and your family. Often, money is spent unnecessarily and unknowingly on services that could have been provided elsewhere. There are many resources to help make your obligation more manageable. Here are a few to investigate:  Caring.com: Comprehensive website providing financial, medical, and […]

Considering Going Back to School?

Date November 23, 2016

Working on a second career? Going back to work after an extended absence? Don’t want to waste away in retirement? Lifelong learning is always a valuable investment, but make sure you’re making a sound investment you won’t regret. If you’re looking to start a new career that needs a degree or certification, consider the costs […]

Mechanical Breakdown Insurance – What Is It and Do I Need It?

Date November 21, 2016

Auto insurance is required in most states. It makes sense to protect your investment and yourself and others in the event of an accident. But what happens when your car just stops working or something breaks? Those situations aren’t covered under traditional auto insurance, but can be costly and inconvenient none-the-less. Mechanical Breakdown Insurance is […]

Bump up Your Savings with a Bump Certificate!

Date November 18, 2016

Earn Interest on a Checking Account!

Date November 16, 2016

While the Feds keep interest rates at historical lows, you can still benefit from interest checking accounts. Look for options outside of your basic checking that usually offer higher rates: Higher balance minimums Accounts linked to a money market account Consolidated accounts to build the relationship Accounts with maximum allowed transactions or lobby visits While […]

Important Changes to the FAFSA for 2017

Date November 14, 2016

Beginning with the 2017-2018 calendar year, the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) can be filed three months earlier, or as early as October 1 before a student would start classes the following fall. With the new schedule, you’ll be able to start thinking about financial aid earlier to maximize your planning and saving. […]

Financial Tips for December Grads

Date November 9, 2016

While graduating in December, or mid-term as it is officially called, may not be traditional, it is becoming more commonplace. With credit requirements, part-time schedules while working, and school transfers, an extra semester is often a necessity. December graduates should take advantage of the timing and let it work in their favor. Further your pursuit […]

Your 6-Step Plan for Managing Student Loans

Date November 7, 2016

 This post originally appeared on the SoFi blog.   Get a $200 welcome bonus when you apply here for your student loan refinance! When you’re struggling to pay student loans, it helps to know you’re not alone. Members of the class of 2016 now carry, on average, $37,173 in student loan debt—up 6% from last year. […]

How Debit Card Fraud Happens — and How to Avoid It

Date November 4, 2016

For many people, debit cards are the perfect plastic. They offer most of the conveniences of credit cards with no risk of accumulating debt. But like credit cards, debit cards are vulnerable to rip-off artists. And debit card fraud is particularly scary because thieves can withdraw money directly from your checking account. Here’s how debit […]