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Early and Consistent Saving is Key to Paying for College

If you have a child, or are even thinking about starting a family, you may be wondering how to afford to raise and educate your son or daughter with the cost of living ever increasing. Thinking about financing an education for your children is the first step in securing their future. But act – don’t just think. Start a college savings plan right now, no matter the age of your children, or even if you are just in the family planning stage. The earlier you start, the better off you’ll be when it comes to paying for the astounding cost…

7 Personal Finance Milestones in Your 30s

We recently discussed 5 Personal Finance Milestones in Your 20s, and today are following up with the next decade. Today we dive into the most important personal finance milestones of your 30s. Buy a Home While there are many circumstances where renting makes sense, owning your own home is a major milestone in your personal finances. When you buy a home, you stop paying someone else to live in their property and instead build equity in your own. On the 20s milestones list, an important item to help help you with this goal was noted: saving a down payment. If…

How Much Life Insurance Do You Need?

If you’re considering buying life insurance, whether for the first time or to supplement policies you already have in place, you’ve made a good decision. Term life insurance is the most affordable way to protect your family’s financial security for the long haul. It replaces your income in the event of your death. And life insurance ensures your dependents can support themselves financially in your absence. Term life insurance is surprisingly affordable. If you’re in your early or mid-career (20s, 30s or 40s) you can buy coverage for under a dollar a day. Even if you’re older, you can most…

6 Tips to Manage Your Finances With a Stay-at-Home Parent

The decision for one parent to stay home can cause tremendous heartburn. Many feel strongly about staying home with kids, but don’t know if they can make it work financially. However, with careful planning and a keen eye on the budget, having one stay-at-home parent can work for many families. According to Amy, a stay-at-home mom in the Midwest, the key to managing finances when one parent stays home is open communication and a solid budget. These six tips will help you shore up your budget and manage your finances when one parent stays home. Include Activities in the Monthly…

Understanding Medicare: Parts A Through D

It is never too early for someone to start thinking about healthcare coverage. As you approach age 65, Medicare insurance may be top of mind. Most people in the workforce, or their spouses, have been paying into the Medicare fund for most of their working lives. It is your right and in your best interest to understand what Medicare options you might have coming. Medicare is broken down into four parts — A, B, C and D. Let’s take them letter by letter. Medicare Part A: Inpatient Hospital, Skilled Nursing Home, Home Health and Hospice Care The U.S. Congress enacted…

10 Thoughts About Money From Favorite TV and Movie Dads

For better or for worse, many of our attitudes about money come from our parents. And no matter their financial situation, profession, age, or number of kids, dads around the world have managed to spout the same cliché “dad-isms” about money to their families: “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” “Do you think I’m made of money?” “The barcode isn’t scanning? I think that means it’s free!” “You get what you pay for.” “Dad, I’m broke.” “Hi Broke, I’m Dad!” Of course, the luckiest of us have gotten some real pearls of financial wisdom passed down from our fathers … and…

How to Survive Financially When a Marriage Fails

When the dream of living happily ever after turns into a nightmare of a marriage, divorce may be the only workable solution. In addition to the emotional turmoil surrounding a divorce, couples need to deal with the financial realities of going their separate ways. The cost of a lawyer and the loss of a spouse’s income may come at a high price for one or both parties. Couples may each walk away from the marriage with significantly lower income, assets and retirement savings. Although divorce is not recommended as an easy solution to marital problems, the situation need not necessarily…

7 Ways to Save Big, Spend Little This Summer

Summer is here and the kids are out of school, leaving parents to find solutions to that age-old kid complaint — “I’m bored.” Keeping everyone occupied and happy can often cause a drain on the budget. But, it doesn’t have to. These seven tips for budget-friendly summer activities will help you save big, spend less and keep the kiddos engaged this summer. Discover Free and Discounted Activities at Local Businesses Local parenting magazines, blogs and Facebook groups are a great way to find free and cheap things to do with your kiddos this summer. Many home improvement and craft stores…

3 Tips to Raise Money-Savvy Kiddos

Talking about money often falls into the category of taboo. But talking about financial matters with your kids is different than talking about money at a cocktail party. As a parent, you set the stage for how your kids will view and handle money in the future. Talking about money on a regular basis sets a foundation for your kids to build a strong financial knowledge-base. In fact, a recent survey by T. Rowe Price found that “parents who discuss financial topics with their kids at least once a week are significantly more likely to have kids who say they…

7 Ways to Spend a Little to Save a Fortune This Spring

Congratulations. You and your home survived another winter. If you got through it without frozen pipes, a damaged roof or furnace failure, consider yourself fortunate. Don’t press your luck now that spring has arrived. Spending a few dollars or hours on low-cost or DIY maintenance this spring can stave off thousands in repairs down the road. Here are seven of the more doable and valuable home maintenance tasks on your to-do list: Get After Those Gutters Water will always flow in the path of least resistance. Ideally, it’s through wide open gutters and downspouts. But leaves, sticks and other debris…

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