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  • Scared of the Unknown

    Nov 19, 2020 by Sherman M.
    I was raised in a middle-class family that lived paycheck to paycheck. My mother’s dream for me was that I would do better financially than she and my father. To fulfill her dream, I had to be vulnerable and ask for help in a lot of aspects of my life.
  • Budgeting for Beginners

    Oct 29, 2020 by Ginger R.
    My son just received his first real paycheck. Like most 18-year-olds, he didn't have an idea of how to spend his money other than to buy whatever he wanted. However, I had other plans. I want my son to make better financial decisions than I did.
  • The $5 Myth

    Sep 28, 2020 by Ginger R.
    Could the $5 you spend each day on coffee be better used to build something for the future? No matter where you are on your financial journey, it's always important to be aware of how your money can work for you.
  • Moving Out: Lessons Learned

    Aug 26, 2020 by Sherman M.
    I wish someone would have warned me that moving out on my own was going to be more difficult than I had imagined. It wasn't until a late-night phone call with a friend that I realized I didn't have the necessities. I really wasn’t prepared.
  • How Running Can Help You Budget

    Jul 29, 2020 by Ginger R.
    I have attempted the Couch to 5k running program more times than I can count. And each time, I quit midway through because it got too hard. That is, until this year - I finally completed the program. But what does running have to do with budgeting?
  • My Momma Told Me

    Jun 28, 2020 by Ginger R.
    When it comes to making a large purchase such as a car or home, I've always heard that financially-savvy people shop around for the best interest rate. That's solid advice, for sure, but I never really knew how to shop around.
  • 4 Steps to an Emergency Fund

    May 20, 2020 by Ginger R.
    Recent developments in the world have really driven home the importance of having an emergency fund. The prevailing advice is to have three months of living expenses in an easily-accessible account. If you've achieved that goal – kudos to you!
  • Get Pre-Approved Before House Hunting

    May 17, 2020 by Floyd G.
    When you're ready to buy a home, one of the smartest things you can do is get pre-approved for a mortgage before you start house hunting. Pre-approval means that a lender has determined that you're qualified to buy a house worth a certain amount of money.
  • Weathering Financial Storms

    Apr 7, 2020 by Abigail S.
    The worst part of facing a loss of income in a pandemic is the uncertainty. If you've been furloughed or lost your job, you're wondering when you'll get a paycheck again. If you're self-employed, you may wonder when the phone will start ringing again.
  • The Upside of Financial Upkeep

    Mar 10, 2020 by Ginger R.
    Deferred Maintenance - I often hear this phrase in relation to home ownership or car maintenance. It's postponing simple maintenance to save money in the short term or from lack of knowledge.
  • It's a Numbers Game

    Feb 18, 2020 by Abigail S.
    I never paid much attention to my credit score. I’m sure someone checked it when I rented my first apartment, but I couldn’t have told you what it was. Then I started using a budgeting service and it was like getting a grade on a test.
  • 29 and Moving Out

    Jan 22, 2020 by Sherman M.
    Yep, you read that correctly and yes, I am the millennial you have heard about. I have lived with my parents for 29 years. By living at home, I have been able to pay down credit card debt and student loans.
  • Skip The Stress

    Dec 10, 2019 by Ginger R.
    You glance up at the calendar, shocked to realize the holidays are upon you. You’ve had some unexpected expenses and maybe you’re not sure how you’re going to manage Christmas shopping, let alone all the additional costs that come with the holidays.
  • Safe Shopping for the Holidays

    Nov 26, 2019 by Becky B.
    The holiday season is fast approaching. And, while protecting your information might seem like a simple task, we often are distracted or in a hurry this time of year. Your financial security sometimes falls through the cracks.
  • Home Sweet Home… Again

    Nov 1, 2019 by Ginger R.
    Buying a home can be a stressful life event. So why would anyone put themselves through a refinance? Because sometimes it makes really good financial sense! A home refinance simply means you're getting a new mortgage to replace your original mortgage.
  • Why Is Budget a Dirty Word?

    Sep 20, 2019 by Ginger R.
    Several years ago, I went through a divorce and my finances were devastated. Not only that, I had never learned to manage money. I spent what I earned, without giving any thought to savings. If I wanted something but didn't have the cash, I charged it.
  • Money Mistakes Millennials Should Avoid

    Aug 6, 2019 by Abigail S.
    Have you ever bought something crazy and regretted it, like the perfect outfit for an Ugly Sweater Party? When you're just starting out, it's easy to make mistakes with your finances. Here are five money mistakes to avoid at all costs.
  • Christmas Countdown

    Jul 11, 2019 by Ginger R.
    Have you looked at a calendar lately? Well, I have, and I am startled to realize that Christmas is less than six months away. How did this happen? Wasn’t I just working on my 2019 resolutions last week? Regardless, the calendar does not lie.
  • The Scoop on Buying Your Home

    Jun 25, 2019 by Floyd G.
    If you’re considering a move, you’re probably already dreaming of more square footage or a bigger yard. But before you make your dreams a reality, you’ll need financing. While the process can seem daunting, your loan officer wants the same thing you do.
  • A Curveball That Paid Off

    Jun 10, 2019 by Kris H.
    Sometimes with car shopping, things don’t turn out like you thought they would. My problem wasn’t with the car (thank goodness) or even the dealer. But my journey to a perfect loan had some unexpected twists and turns.