Live Well, Bank Well
Getting your first checking account
With winter barely behind us, it may seem too soon to start thinking of saving for summer vacation. Road trips with the family and choosing your next swimsuit are a far cry from the 3-foot icicles some of us had hanging from our porches last month. But as you know, reaching your financial goals is all about planning ahead, especially if you want to go anywhere this summer. It’s like Benjamin Franklin once said: “If you fail to plan, you can plan to fail.”
Checking accounts are the Swiss Army knives of financial tools. They offer a safe, convenient way to track your income and expenses, pay your bills, and stick to your budget.
Opening your first checking account can be exciting. It may also be a little daunting considering all the choices.
Winter is here. While the weather outside isn’t necessarily frightful, reducing the expense of staying warm can be delightful.
Colder weather may have you reaching for cozy pajamas, socks, and even an ugly sweater or two.
You don’t need a calendar to tell you it’s time to gear up for holiday gift giving.
As maples, oaks, and hickories burst with color this fall, your wallet could also flourish with savings if you adopt a few simple lifestyle tweaks.
It’s that time again. Your housing rental agreement is about to expire. Renewing your lease is a simple process. But with a pending rent increase and noisy neighbors, you’re wondering if buying a home is a better choice.
Landing your first job is a big deal. Whether you’re a teenager or a recent college graduate, having a steady source of income opens the doors to a new level of independence.
When credit card and student loan payments eat up most of your income, saving money for the future can be hard.
The ABC’s of money are easy to learn, but tough to apply. Just like with other healthy habits, your ability to set clear goals and delay gratification can make or break your finances.
You’ve carefully weighed the pros and cons of buying a house vs. renting. You’ve watched HGTV nonstop. You’ve even planned your perfect modern farmhouse look. Now, it’s time to figure out how to pay for your home. Here, we share seven tips first-time home buyers need to know.
While some people appear cautiously optimistic about the nation’s economic future, spending more than a few minutes watching the 24/7 news feed can leave you less than convinced.
If you find your bank account balance nearing the single digits, you may be ready to take a closer look at your finances.
If you’re a homeowner, you may have access to a significant amount of cash and not even know it. We’re talking about home equity, which is at an all-time high.