The uncertainty of COVID-19 has caused many Americans to ponder certain circumstances they may never want to materialize. While planning for the unknown can be unpleasant and difficult, it’s crucial to giving you and your family peace of mind. Because estate planning can be stressful, it’s easy to put it off. According to a Caring.com and […]
Whether you know it or not, you have a financial system.
If you didn't sit down and explicitly design it, it may be a little messy. It may have accounts you no longer need, credit cards you stopped using, and other relics you need to clean up.
It may not have some features you'd otherwise want but just haven't gotten around to because life has a funny way of getting in the way.
This category focuses on the big picture systems you put into place to make the rest of your life easier.
Do you know your credit score? I bet you probably do. I also bet you probably know how to get your credit report for free each year from each of the three major credit bureaus. The Fair Credit Reporting Act is the name most people are familiar with. But did you know that the Fair […]
Not everyone has the luxury of a steady income. If you’re on an irregular income, you know the uncertainty and stress it can cause. You also know it creates budgetary challenges. An irregular income doesn’t mean you have to just “wing it” with your finances every month. You can still build an effective budget to […]
Are you sick of trying to fix your bad credit on your own? If DIY methods have failed, you have two choices: live with it or call in professional help. The professional help I’m talking about is called credit repair, which means paying a professional company to clean up your credit report through legitimate, legal […]
If you want to get ahead financially, you need to know where you stand. And for that reason, there are several money metrics you should track such as your personal savings rate, how much you spend on fixed costs, how much you save towards retirement, your asset allocation, etc. Today, I want to focus on […]
You Need a Budget (YNAB) is a zero-based budgeting approach which means every dollar has a job and needs to be budgeted for, including savings. It is a subscription-based website and phone app that gives you the freedom to prioritize your money the way you want. This is a guide about how to create a […]
When you think about your pool of money, it’s important to think of it as a series of funds. The two funds that people are most familiar with are your retirement fund and your emergency fund. Your retirement fund can be spread out across several accounts: a 401(k), a Roth IRA, a pension, or whatever. […]
When I first started working, I remember the HR director ask me for a “voided check.” It sounds silly when I think back on it because the answer is right in the name. But at the time, it confused me so I asked him – it’s just a personal check except I write “VOID” on […]
I’m fairly serious about security when it comes to our computers, devices, and online accounts. I’m not super strict but I never connect to insecure networks and I never log into accounts when I’m on an unfamiliar network. I never understand when people log into their bank accounts from a computer sitting in the “Business […]
The first time I’d ever heard about a certified check was when we bought our first house. We were supposed to bring a certain amount to the closing table and it had to be a certified check. And to get that check, I had to visit my bank. I hated going to the bank. For […]