Helpful tips for financial planning and getting your finances under control. Plan for a healthy financial future.

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Can You Afford to Be a Stay-At-Home Parent

Woman and daughter learning

If you’re like most parents of young children, you have probably given some thought to the idea of packing up your office to become a stay-at-home parent. After all, for middle-income American families, child care and education is second only to housing when it comes to major expenses. These days, more than one-third of American […]

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Money and Pets: Q&A with Access Veterinary Care

pets and money, man pets dog

Last year, Gregory Frahm-Gilles and his colleagues founded Minneapolis-based Access Veterinary Care to provide “exceptional veterinary care that is approachable, affordable and accessible.” We asked them how all pet owners can take the best care of their pets within their financial constraints.

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The Positive Power of Compound Interest

Often when you think about compound interest, it is in the context of debt, say, a credit card’s annual percentage yield (APY) and the real cost of that loan over time. But compounding is not something that only financial institutions benefit from. In fact, when it comes to your savings strategy, compound interest (essentially lending your money to a financial institution for a period […]

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Can You Afford to Go On Vacation? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Book That Trip

Can you afford a vacation?

According to a new Bankrate survey, 24% of Americans say they don’t have the money to take a summer vacation this year and nearly half of those surveyed say they won’t be taking vacation at all. That’s too bad. After all, there are good reasons to take vacations. Time off from work and routine can […]

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Rethinking Traditional Money Timelines

Nontraditional families and money timelines

Nontraditional Families Need Nontraditional Financial Support American families have changed dramatically over the past several decades—and so have their finances. While growing up in a nuclear family may have once been the norm, today’s children are far more likely to be raised in what researchers call “blended,” “fluid,” or “complex” family structures. As cited by […]

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The State of Savings: Mississippi

State of Savings in Mississippi

Today, even though the U.S. unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since the year 2000, millions of people in the U.S. are living paycheck to paycheck and struggling to find financial stability. The economy is strong, and people feel secure in their jobs, yet the majority of people simply do not have enough […]

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How to Lend Money without Ruining Your Relationship: 6 Questions to Ask Yourself

Lend money to friends and family

While the labor force continues to grow, Bankrate’s most recent Financial Security Index survey reveals that the savings rate Americans continues to trend downward. In January, only 39% of people surveyed said they had enough in their savings account to cover an unplanned expense of $1,000 (this was especially true for those making less than […]

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The Relationship Between Money and Happiness: Can Your Income Solve Your Problems?

Money and happiness: Father and son

We may have been told that money can’t buy happiness, but research shows that for most of us—at least up to a point—the two really are linked. In January 2018, the journal Nature Human Behavior published a study that that says individuals reach a point of “income satiation” when they earn between $60,000 and $75,000 […]

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Returning to Work after 60? You’re Not Alone

Man returning to work after 60

Recent research reveals that more and more Americans are returning to work after retiring from their primary careers. In fact, in 2016 more than 18% of Americans 65 or older were employed—the majority of them full-time. That number was up 6% from just 6 years earlier. As reported by The New York Times, some seniors […]

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Money Script: How to Ask for a Raise

Woman asking for a raise

Receiving a raise can be one of the easiest ways to increase your savings. Even if you invest just half of the monthly increase into your emergency fund, your retirement account, or your children’s college account, you are on your way to greater financial wellbeing without much more effort on your end. Prior to President […]