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Too many Americans learn about money the hard way. We make an expensive mistake. Weeks later, we discover that we had better options. We try to remember the lesson we learned to do better next time. Only next time may be too late. Our largest transactions only happen every once in a while, like borrowing a mortgage or buying a car. When we miss the opportunity to win in these moments, we may not get a second chance [...]
You stay up at night worrying about money. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID19), you barely sleep. The news about the economy makes you uneasy about your job security, your household budget, and your relationship. If this resonates with you, then you might try taking control of your situation by working together with your partner as [...]
The 50-30-20 rule makes budgeting as simple as dividing your paycheck into 3 categories. Many families like the 50-30-20 rule because it provides a clear structure and specific goals without feeling nit-picky. Anyone can implement the 50-30-20 rule in 4 easy steps [...]
Emergency funds are your financial backup plan. The money you set aside creates a safeguard. It protects you from going into debt when you face large, unexpected expenses. Surprise medical bills or major car repairs could wipe out your savings. Instead of rolling the dice, start saving to take control of [...]
It’s not surprising that banks continue to hand out fees at an alarming rate. In 2017 alone, Americans paid out $34 billion in overdraft fees, a 3% increase from 2016. With an average overdraft fee at a bank coming in at $30, it’s no wonder banks are weary to eliminate [...]