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How to Save Money on Your Commute

2024-04-02T17:23:30+00:00April 2nd, 2024|

Sometimes the ideal job comes with a less-than-ideal commute. From money spent on gas to lost time to the mental toll of sitting in traffic, commuting costs a lot. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to save. Avoid Rush Hour Time spent in the stop-and-start of rush hour traffic burns a lot

Learning to Budget

2024-04-02T17:19:13+00:00April 2nd, 2024|

A practical, workable budget is one of the most crucial tools in your financial wellness arsenal.Starting PointsYour budget is your blueprint for keeping cash flow positive, and for sticking to your saving goals.If you have a partner, it's essential to have one overall household budget. That big picture is indispensable for having a good sense, based

Envelope Budgeting [Cash vs. Digital]

2024-04-02T17:14:57+00:00April 2nd, 2024|

The traditional envelope budgeting system uses a budget binder or a box with envelopes to store paper bills. Each envelope is designated for a specific expense or savings goal—rent, entertainment, vacation, bills, etc. How Does the Cash Envelope System Work? Envelope budgeting helps you keep track of both income and expenses. The idea behind an envelope

Payroll Taxes Explained

2024-04-02T17:08:19+00:00April 2nd, 2024|

The difference between what you expect to get paid and what actually lands in your bank account can be, well, surprising. A chunk of this difference goes toward payroll taxes. Like the name implies, payroll taxes are taxes taken out of your wages and paid to the government. What’s Taken Out Unlike health insurance or

Using Debit Cards

2024-04-02T17:04:07+00:00April 2nd, 2024|

Not all card swipes are created equal. A debit card may look like a credit card, but instead of borrowing money to make purchases, debited funds come directly from your checking account balance. You don’t pay interest with a debit card, and you don’t build your credit history, either. How Debit Cards Work Like cash,

Savings Account Basics

2024-04-02T16:58:13+00:00April 2nd, 2024|

Just like the name implies, a savings account helps you reach your savings goals. Saving Made Easy A savings account is one of the most common and useful accounts at a financial institution. That’s because you can withdraw from it at any time, and the money in the account earns interest (we’ll get into that

50/30/20 Rule

2024-04-02T16:53:20+00:00April 2nd, 2024|

The 50/30/20 rule is a simple, practical rule of thumb for individuals who want a budget that's easy and effective. It offers guidelines for enjoying your income while putting savings on autopilot. Humans are fallible—sometimes we just need guidelines. If you struggle making sense of a sea of budgeting systems and apps, consider the 50/30/20

Plan for College Expenses

2024-04-02T16:33:08+00:00April 2nd, 2024|

One of the many mysteries of college, especially freshman year, is what college actually costs. Sure, you know there’s tuition. But how much will you need to make it through the first semester? The first year? It’ll probably be a pretty big chunk of change. Here are a few tips to help make that price

Saving Money

2024-04-02T16:29:37+00:00April 2nd, 2024|

It’s exciting to dream about how you’ll spend your money (when you have some). Brainstorming a list of savings goals is typically less inspiring. But really, the two go hand-in-hand. Without money in savings, it’s hard to make your wish-list expenses come true.Plan with a PurposePeople save money for many different purposes, including big-ticket purchases like

14 Ways to Cut Household Expenses

2024-04-02T16:26:21+00:00April 2nd, 2024|

Changes to the economy, your situation, or your goals may prompt you to take a look at your budget for opportunities to save. But where do you start? These lists will help you make changes, both big and small, to your budget. Entertainment and Hobbies This category can be the easiest to cut from (they

Talking to Your Partner About Money

2024-04-02T16:23:06+00:00April 2nd, 2024|

When it comes to talking with a spouse or partner about money, many people shy away. It can be scary—but it doesn’t have to be. Positive and frequent communication is key. Talk Often A great way to reduce the stress of talking about money is to discuss things frequently with your partner. Don’t wait for

3 Jar Allowance For Kids

2024-04-02T16:19:04+00:00April 2nd, 2024|

The sooner you teach your children the basics about budgeting, the better, and the 3 jar money system is a great way to get started. Kids and Money To learn how to manage money in the 3 jar system, kids need some money to manage. How they get that money can vary. Some children earn

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