Submitted by Bob Cedergren a... on Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:00pm
Leave your laptop unlocked, toss a bill full of sensitive financial info into the trash un-shredded, even just hit the submit button when using your credit card to buy online: You can stumble into the identity-theft trap at any time. Protecting yourself means making basic security steps a habit.
Submitted by Maureen Crimmins on Mon, 03/31/2014 - 12:00pm
Your pet cuddles, purrs, flies, slithers or otherwise takes over your heart. Your little buddy can also empty your wallet fast as prices for food and other pet services mount. When figuring out your family budget, do not neglect to count the many day-to-day costs of animal ownership.
I can’t imagine our house without our 11-year-old Labrador retriever, Taxi. If you’re sick, she’s there; if you’re happy, she’s happy. If you have popcorn you’re her best friend.
Submitted by Lewis J. Walker on Thu, 03/27/2014 - 3:00pm
Trip planning is complex, involving everything from budgeting to itineraries to questions about comfort. How to fly to your destination without suffering is a major consideration. Here’s how to do it without getting squeezed both financially and physically.
There are two measures of airplane seat comfort. “Width” is the size of the seat in inches across. “Pitch” is the distance between your seat and the seat in front of you. As airlines pursue increased revenues, they squeeze more seats into economy sections on many aircraft, decreasing both width and pitch.
Submitted by Mary Beth Storjohann on Fri, 03/21/2014 - 3:00pm
Your credit score ranks as one of the most important numbers in your young adult life. Here’s what to know as you build one.
This three-digit number acts as your financial report card, representing your creditworthiness and an indication to potential lenders of the likelihood that you pay debts on time. If you’re a millennial, born in the 1980s and early 1990s, you must start building this indispensable tool of financial adulthood.
Submitted by Adam Glassberg on Thu, 03/13/2014 - 12:00pm
Your financial planning revolves around what you control. Here’s how to take charge of your budgeting fundamentals.
We can’t control stock market returns, tax rates or unexpected events. We can plan to mitigate risks through diversification, tax planning and insurance. Of all areas in financial planning, we most control our income, expenses and savings, making it extremely important to create a workable budget.
Submitted by Hilary Martin on Wed, 03/12/2014 - 3:00pm
You probably make financial choices you later regret. Overspending, shoot-for-the-moon investments and self-defeating beliefs about money indicate you need financial maturity. Here’s how to learn more.