The Hidden Costs of Owning a Car

When it comes to budgeting for a new car, many first-time buyers only consider the purchase price and monthly payments.  However, that’s only half the battle.  AAA states that the average...

7 Money Mistakes That Will Haunt You for a Long Time

We’ve all made mistakes in our younger years that we’ve come to regret later on down the road.  Whether it’s not saving enough, taking on too much student debt or not investing in a company when we...

When’s the Best Time to Buy a TV?

So, it’s finally time to upgrade your TV.  Maybe you want a bigger screen to watch your favorite teams play. Or your old TV is on its last leg.  No matter what’s on your TV wish list you...

Where’s My State Tax Refund?

There’s nothing like knowing you have a tax refund heading your way.  For many people it’s the only reason to look forward to tax time.  Since most taxpayers are required to file federal and state...

10 Foods to Stop Buying and Start Making Yourself

You’re busy and sometimes picking up pre-packaged items at the grocery store just makes life easier.  However, cooking from scratch doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming.  You just have to know...

5 tips for paying down credit card debt

As if to affirm this new era of frugality, new data from the Federal Reserve suggests consumers have cut up their credit cards and paid down their debts. According to the Federal Reserve, Americans carried $806.9 billion in credit card debt during the second quarter,...

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Saving necessary for Gen Y, even in tough times

You've heard me offer this advice dozens of times to teens and young adults: Save your money - even if it's just a few dollars every week. But how can Generation Y-ers sock away anything for the future while trying to find the cash to cover college tuition? And what...

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Downsize your home, upsize your savings

Today, many Americans are turning to downsizing, or "right-sizing," their homes to cut down on bills, maintenance or their overall financial burdens. A survey by the National Association of Home Builders found that 60 percent of potential homebuyers would rather have...

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