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How to Set Effective Budget Goals

July 16, 2014 - Anna O - 0 comments

As the holiday season and the new year quickly approaches, now may be a good time to reflect on your financial goals and set new ones. And having specific goals may help you save more successfully. Setting a budget is one of the first steps you can take toward achieving your... Continue reading »

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 »

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 »

While Planning for Retirement, Consider Paying Off Your Mortgage, Too

March 24, 2014 - Christen - 0 comments

If you’re actively planning for retirement, there are a few checkpoints you’ve likely reached: actively participating in your employer-sponsored retirement plan, building a sufficient emergency fund, and keeping your hands out of the retirement fund cookie jar, in other words... Continue reading »

My “Fun” Fund

March 11, 2014 - Christen - 0 comments

Saving money for a rainy day, month, or year, while necessary, can sometimes get boring. So I’ve decided to combat the feeling of automatically feeding my “piggy bank” with no real goal in mind by saving a certain amount of money separately for a specific purpose this year. In... Continue reading »