Helpful tips for financial planning and getting your finances under control. Plan for a healthy financial future.

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How (and What) to Negotiate with Your Credit Card Company

Credit cards: How to negotiate with your credit card company

Most credit card holders think that late fees, annual charges, and interest rates are set in stone. Yet a 2017 survey by CreditCards.com found that 84% of cardholders who picked up the phone and asked for better terms were told “yes.” When negotiating with credit card companies, it helps to have a strong credit history […]

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Financial Literacy Month: It’s Not Just Money, It’s Your Life

Imagine your spouse of 30 years dies suddenly of a heart attack, and amid your fog of grief, you don’t realize you haven’t paid your power bill for three months. The power company is threatening to shut your lights off, and you don’t have the money because you drained your savings account to pay for […]

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16 Reasons You Need an Emergency Fund

16 Reasons You Need an Emergency Fund

1. Job Loss Whether you are unexpectedly laid off or fired, or you have to leave a job for personal reasons, living without a paycheck is extremely stressful. You need a stash of cash to make ends meet between jobs. 2. Hours or Salary Cut Maybe you still have a job, but your salary or […]

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What to Do When You Can’t Pay Your Taxes

Woman who can't pay taxes

1. File on time. This can be the hardest step—and the most important. The IRS charges penalties for failure to file taxes and for failure to pay them. Avoid the late-filing fee, even if you can’t pay what you owe. For 2018, tax returns are due on April 17, which gives you two additional days […]

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Paying for Your Child’s College: Get Higher Returns on Higher Education

College Savings Plans

If you have any doubts that a college degree is an investment in your child’s financial wellbeing, these statistics should put them to rest. According to CollegeBoard’s most recent study, a person with a bachelor’s degree can expect to earn 66% more in wages over a lifetime than someone with only a high school diploma. […]

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SafetyNet Encourages America to Save in 2018

If you have less than $500 in your savings account, you are not alone. According to one Bankrate survey, 63% of respondents do not have $500 in savings to pay for an unexpected expense such as a sudden car repair or medical bill. While having low savings is common among Americans, you may be surprised […]

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Options for Paying Student Loans Between Jobs

Young man concerned about student loan debt

If you make hefty student loan payments each month, you’re not alone. The average monthly student loan payment for borrowers in their 20s is $351—more than $4,200 per year. That’s a lot of fancy computers, tropical vacations, and down payments sacrificed. The good news is that higher education is almost sure to boost your lifetime […]

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Health Savings Accounts: 7 Things to Know About HSA’s

Money in a jar for health savings

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are a means of helping Americans save for future healthcare and medical expenses. The incentive for doing so is the money you save on costs you will have to pay anyway. First created in 2003, an estimated $42.7 billion is held in over 21 million HSA accounts less than 15 years later. If […]

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Life with a SafetyNet (and without)

Life with a SafetyNet and without a SafetyNet

Check out our infographic featuring two stories of Dave, who unexpectedly got laid off from his job. As you can see, life with a SafetyNet is a lot easier. Do you have a financial safety net in place? PSIC-P1.0-B2-013018

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Making Kids’ Allowance Count: The Key to Teaching Financial Literacy

Kids' allowance: Girl putting money into a piggy bank

Not surprisingly, opinions about how, why and when to give kids an allowance vary widely. Many articles, particularly those on sites devoted to personal finance, tout the benefits to helping kids gain an early grasp of financial literacy. When done right, they argue, teaching kids to manage their own money, to earn, spend and save […]