Your credit score is kind of like the GPA of your finances. Banks, lenders, and other entities check your credit score to help them determine whether or not to approve you for loans and credit cards and decide how much you’ll pay in interest charges. Your credit score also plays a role in getting approved for leases and helping your landlord decide how much to charge you in fees or a security … [Read more...] about Understanding Your Credit Score and How to Improve It
If you're like most Millennials, you have a lot on your plate. (And you're trying to do it all, too!) It's wonderful that you're so driven, but trying to juggle a bunch of financial priorities at once can quickly get complicated. After all, most of us only have so much cash to go around each month. When we're working toward more than one financial goal, how do we know what to put at the top of … [Read more...] about Should I Build Up Savings or Pay Down Debt?
This time of year can only mean one thing: a new wave of students is donning their caps and gowns and walking across a stage to finally accept their hard-earned college diplomas. It's a really exciting time in anyone's life — but it can be pretty scary, too. For recent grads — and even members of Generation Y who have been out of college for a few years — thinking about how they'll become … [Read more...] about 4 Ways Gen Y Can Maintain Good Financial Health
Did you know April is Financial Literacy Month? The Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy began promoting Financial Literacy Month back in 2000 in an effort to highlight the importance of teaching more Americans about money matters. The U.S. government officially recognized April as Financial Literacy Month in 2004. But why? Do we really need financial education and … [Read more...] about Ready to Raise Awareness and Encourage Financial Literacy?
YOUR NET WORTH = WHAT YOU HAVE – WHAT YOU OWE It’s that simple. A few times a year, I take a moment to calculate my net worth. I pull up my spreadsheet, log into my accounts online, and enter the balance of each of my retirement accounts, savings, investments, etc. I don't own a home, but if you do, make sure to include its approximate value. Then I enter any debt that I have. For you, … [Read more...] about How Do I Calculate My Net Worth?
Happy New Year! The start of a new year is a great time to take a look at your financial life and do some assessing. Getting out of debt and saving money often top the list of most popular New Year’s resolutions, but this year, I challenge you to create better habits. Examine your bank account, retirement accounts, credit card statements, monthly payments and debt load and write down three … [Read more...] about Financial Goals and Habits for the New Year!