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Smartphones and Unwise Spending

July 9, 2014 - Christen - 0 comments

These days, smartphones are very popular. Year after year, they’ve become equipped with more capabilities to help us organize our lives, and they are loaded with even more ways to encourage unnecessary spending. I’ve reviewed my own purchasing habits (or ways that I have... Continue reading »

Budgeting for Charitable Giving

June 23, 2014 - Anna O - 0 comments

The word “budget” typically conjures up thoughts of saving. But, whether it is out of compassion, to reduce tax liabilities, or for other reasons, an often-overlooked part of budgeting includes your charitable giving.     If you do plan to give (money or services) to a... Continue reading »

Fun Ways to Spend $5

June 13, 2014 - Christie C - 0 comments

My husband and I drove down to my family’s Appalachian homeland for Easter weekend, and decided to take our time and make a fun road-trip vacation of it. We consulted Roadside America for quirky and inexpensive places to visit along the way.   The trip was action-packed... Continue reading »

Retirement: It’s Not Too Early to Plan

May 23, 2014 - Barbara H - 0 comments

Often, young workers think, “Retirement? I’m much too young to think about that …”   Wrong. Upon my introduction into the workplace and landing my first real job with a financial institution, I believed I had it all figured out. I was making more money at this point in... Continue reading »

Retire and Succeed?

May 9, 2014 - Laura - 0 comments

Do you ever wonder what retiring successfully would look like?   I envision it as lifestyle of travel, freedom to visit any city and explore its many offerings; taking mini adventures, such as jet-skiing, horseback riding, and hiking; and, at some point, even relaxing on a... Continue reading »

Save Money on Cleaning Products by Making Them

April 29, 2014 - Christen - 0 comments

I like to know (as much as possible) the ingredients that I’m putting into my body when I eat something, and also what I’m putting into my lungs when I use cleaning products in my home. So I’ve decided that for my annual spring cleaning, I’m going to try a more natural... Continue reading »

Education Loans vs. Retirement Savings

April 10, 2014 - Laura - 0 comments

There’s an ongoing debate parents often face that has very little to do with political preferences — deciding whether to pay for a child’s college education and possibly taking a loan in order to do so, or saving that money toward retirement.   What does a student’s... Continue reading »

Small Steps Now … Big Rewards Later

April 3, 2014 - Vetta - 0 comments

You’ve read articles, watched news stories, and even heard radio ads encouraging you to save more for retirement, but when you consider your rent or mortgage, utility bills, childcare costs, etc., each month, you cannot imagine being able to save an additional $25 a month.... Continue reading »