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...

Student loan program changes affect rates, repayment

In just a few weeks, thousands of recent high school graduates will pack up the minivan and head off to college. For many students, though, the thrill of embarking on a new adventure is tempered by the sobering reality of student debt. More than 60% of students borrow...

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Consumers rely on layaways to help with purchases

In today's economy, expendable cash is limited and people are hesitant to spend what they have. Consumers have changed their buying habits, finding creative ways to obtain items with less cash and limited credit. One such change is a resurgence of layaway. Blogs and...

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Help is out there for homeowners

From a busy office in Commerce, Calif., Isabel Duran sits at a desk with a heaping bowl of chocolates and counsels clients on the brink of losing their homes. The financial specialist talks on the phone to homeowners about options that will help them avoid...

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