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Financial Literacy: Understanding the Basics of Income Tax

March 6, 2019

Did you know that every paycheck you receive has a portion of funds that have been withheld, which get sent to the government –  that’s income tax! Even though the money off your checks is automatically deducted, you are ultimately responsible for taking control of your tax situation. Most of us didn’t learn the basics…

6 Common Financial Pitfalls: Weddings, Investing, Emergency Funds – Oh My!

February 27, 2019

What seems like common sense to some, can actually be very difficult for others. The following are some common pitfalls that should be avoided when possible: Late Bill Payments It doesn’t feel good to pay bills late, but in addition to that icky feeling, it can also have a negative effect on your credit score….

3 Reasons Why It Pays to Be Good with Money (ie. Financially Literate)

February 13, 2019

Understanding your money habits, following a budget and actively working to improve your credit score, all fall under the financial literacy umbrella. Starting out at your first job? Curious about how to secure startup investment capital? Saving up for an emergency fund? Everyone’s circumstances vary and we are all in different stages of our financial…

3 Common Holiday Spending Traps That We Fall Into Each Year

January 24, 2019

Financial literacy is an all-year round commitment and the holidays can knock the most budget oriented person off track. The holidays are a minefield of overspending and overindulgence. Here are the three spending traps that most of us fall into: The pre-holiday festive build up (of hidden costs) When the rich colors of fall turn…

Christmas Bills Have Arrived – You’ve Overspent. Now What?

January 11, 2019

If you’re suffering from a post-holiday spending hangover, take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone. The emotions of the season, the aggressive sales techniques, all coupled with the overall excitement of the holidays can make it feel like we must make a choice between having fun and staying on budget. Let yourself off…

Suffering From A Post-Holiday Spending Hangover? You’re Not Alone!

January 3, 2019

The leftovers have been consumed, the decorations are back in the basement and the gifts have been unwrapped. Now, the credit card bills will soon be arriving in the mail. 😬 Look out, the post holiday spending hangover is here. The pressure for perfection is real Don’t panic, you’re in good company. In fact, 45%…

Two Investor Lessons from America’s Deep Lottery History

November 27, 2018

Lotteries: The invisible hand that built colonial America Lotteries and the lottery systems are actually more American than most people realize. In the 1700-1800s, lotteries were instrumental for government operations to facilitate the settlement of North America. In fact, Jamestown, America’s first British colony, relied on capital from rich investors, the 17th century equivalent of…

8 Spooky Money Statistics Scarier Than Halloween

October 17, 2018

33% of Americans have no money saved for retirement Retiring with nothing is increasingly common as the baby boomer generation retires. Start putting small amounts in retirement savings as soon as you begin working. Even $100 a month from babysitting money gets the ball rolling! Smokers typically spend between $1- $2 million in their lifetime…

5 tips to bring up a casual money chat with friends and family

October 11, 2018

Money is an emotional and intimate topic to broach with close friends and family. From a young age most of us were taught it was impolite to ask or discuss money with people because it’s such a personal topic. Given household consumer debt is on track to top $4 trillion by the end of 2018…

How can I raise my credit score?

October 4, 2018

Boosting your credit score is manageable.  First off, avoid lowering it further – stop doing these 3 things immediately: opening and closing accounts paying bills late only making minimum credit card payments* *Paying down a credit card balance should be a huge priority. The interest charges are bonkers – shovel as much money (as you…

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