How to Plan for the Cost of College with Your Kids

As a financial coach, I encourage parents to talk to their children about college as early as possible. Nowadays, college is one of the most expensive costs, next to a car or a home. Enrolling, paying, and attending college is also a complicated process. Leaving this in the hands of an 18-year-old is unfair. Your…

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What Are the Benefits of Good Credit?

Equifax, one of the top three credit reporting bureaus, considers credit scores between 670-739 to be good credit scores. FICO is one of the most commonly used credit scoring companies. FICO uses information from credit bureaus like Equifax to calculate a three-digit credit score that represents your credit. The scores are calculated based on five…

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How Do You Establish Credit?

Sign up for SaverLife to earn points and chances to win cash prizes when you read articles like this! Establishing credit is important. Using credit over time creates a credit history (hopefully of on-time payments) that businesses use to decide if they will give you credit. Without a credit history, companies may be hesitant to…

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How to Re-Imagine Your Disposable Income During a Recession

The biggest threat to your finances during a recession is a reduction or loss of income. Seemingly disposable income now may be a lifeline to keep you from eviction, foreclosure, or repossession. So if you’re doing okay right now, it’s a good time to fortify your financial foundation. If anything in your financial picture changes,…

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What Is a Recession and How Do I Prepare for One?

The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) is the organization that decides if the US is in a recession. They define a recession as “a significant decline in economic activity that is spread across the economy and lasts more than a few months.” So, what the heck does this mean? In a recession, companies are…

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5 Tips to Stay Out of Debt on Black Friday

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Your No-Debt Black Friday Survival Guide As a veteran, I often get eye rolls from my kids when I use military analogies to describe events. But as a financial coach, I can’t help but see Black Friday as an epic battle. You’re knee-deep in the trenches of holiday shopping goals and you’re experiencing the rapid…

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How Much Should I Save Monthly if I’m in Debt?

Saving money is always a priority, but the amount you save depends on your other goals, such as paying off debt. A rule of thumb is to save at least $1,000 to cover emergency expenses. Consider labeling your emergency account, “Debt-Proof Insurance.” The title is a reminder that the account exists to keep you out…

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All the Resources You Should Know About for Parenting During COVID-19

The COVID-19 quarantine turned millions of people into instant home-school parents with little time to prepare. Luckily, many organizations recognize the strain this has put on parents’ finances. There are lots of resources parents can use to ease this financial burden: Free or Reduced Cost Internet Resources Here are some options that you should check…

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