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How to Budget And Expense Track for Free

Posted by Rebecca Hellmann on Sep 30, 2020 6:15:00 AM

So, you have started creating a budget plan but are looking for a way to track your spending. And now you are overwhelmed by the world of financial applications all vying for your attention and, of course, a slice of your money.

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Topics: consumer budgets, money management, household budgets, personal finance

Why Should You Care About Your Credit Score?

Posted by Rebecca Hellmann on Sep 24, 2020 6:15:00 AM

Your Credit Score is an essential part of your financial identity. It is a crucial factor in determining many pieces of your future, including eligibility for loans or credit cards and effective interest rates. Some apartments and property owners check the credit of their renters before approving occupancy.

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Topics: financial literacy, consumer budgets, money management, household budgets

4 Tips to Save for Retirement

Posted by Rebecca Hellmann on Sep 17, 2020 6:15:00 AM

There are a lot of articles out there talking about Baby Boomers leaving the workforce into retirement. If they are anything like my parents, their (sparkly, new) retirement involves a mixture of 401(k), Social Security, Medicare, and pensions.

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Topics: consumer budgets, money management, household budgets, retirement

5 Strategies for Paying Off Debt

Posted by Rebecca Hellmann on Sep 9, 2020 6:15:00 AM

Consumer debt in the United States has hit a record high of $4.19 trillion. Over a quarter (26%) of that money is held on credit cards. Around 73% of those funds are tied up in automotive loans, student loans, or mortgages. With numbers like these, it is no wonder over half of Americans (60%) feel burdened by their financial situation.

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Topics: payment options, consumer budgets, household budgets, personal finance

Tackling Personal Finance Like a Boss: For Beginners

Posted by Rebecca Hellmann on Sep 2, 2020 6:15:00 AM

Whether you are dealing with massive debt or merely trying to make ends meet, proper money management can be overwhelming. That feeling of drowning? That’s normal. But financial freedom and control is not something achieved in a day. It is a journey that requires time, effort, and commitment.

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Topics: consumer budgets, money management, household budgets, personal finance

3 Things COVID Has Taught Us About Money

Posted by Rebecca Hellmann on Aug 26, 2020 6:15:00 AM

All the things happening in 2020 have often made it difficult to look on the bright side. Even our humor has often been dark. Memes are floating around about trying to guess the next natural disaster to hit us. Whether it be “murder hornets,” dual hurricanes, or any number of the other history-making things that have happened this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get any positive out of all of this.

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Topics: financial literacy, consumer budgets, money management, household budgets

Navigating Bills While Facing A COVID Financial Crunch

Posted by Rebecca Hellmann on Aug 19, 2020 6:45:00 AM

The current COVID-19 pandemic has created financial havoc for a wide swath of Americans. While jobs appear to be slowly returning, the pace is not enough to keep up with demand. Instead, we are headed into late August with little sign of any immediate relief from the “new normal.” So, what can you do if you are facing an upcoming struggle?

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Topics: consumer budgets, money management, household budgets

3 Things to Know About the Latest Executive Action for COVID-19 Relief

Posted by Rebecca Hellmann on Aug 12, 2020 6:45:00 AM

On Saturday, August 8th, President Trump signed four new executive actions in an attempt to address still rampant unemployment and looming financial crisis. But how will these actions take effect, and will they affect you? Here are three things you should know.

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Topics: consumer budgets, money management, household budgets

'Cheap' Doesn't Always Save $: 4 Things Worth the Cost

Posted by Rebecca Hellmann on Aug 5, 2020 6:45:00 AM

One of the first steps to becoming financially secure is to begin questioning your purchases before you make them. It helps you figure out what are impulse buys versus actual needs and bargain hunt whenever you can. But there are some items where finding the “cheaper” option is not always the best choice.

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Topics: consumer budgets, money management, household budgets

3 Ways to Avoid Stress on Your Financial Journey

Posted by Rebecca Hellmann on Jul 29, 2020 8:38:29 AM

When you are living paycheck to paycheck, financial freedom and security can seem like an impossible cliff. How are you supposed to pay down debt when it seems like every time you turn around something is costing you yet more of your hard-earned cash?

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Topics: financial literacy, consumer budgets, money management, household budgets