The 10 Basics of Personal Finance

The basics of personal finance are a new focus for many people, and sadly for some out of necessity. Across our nation efforts to spend less, save more, and reduce debt are helping individuals to gain some control and stability. For many it’s a long hard road, but forming good financial habits will have life-long […]

4 Ways to Eliminate Debt

There are several debt reduction approaches that have proven successful for many people. We can concentrate or focus on paying the smallest debt, the largest debt, or the debt with the highest interest rate. Or we can use debt consolidation and simplify the situation with a single bill each month. To compare the methods, let’s […]

Personal Finance Software

Our financial goals are often very general such as “be out of debt” or “get a better handle on our money”. If we don’t have a clear picture of where we are and where we’re headed, the chances that we’re making progress in the right direction are pretty slim. In fact, we could be slipping […]

The Total Cost of a Home Mortgage

Buying a home is a major event in our lives, and the excitement can easily overshadow the long-term financial commitment we’re about to make. This is especially true when we’ve found a home that we love. The property taxes, maintenance, and mortgage obligation that we’re committing to, often take a backseat to the excitement of […]

4 Ways to Eliminate Debt

There are several debt reduction approaches that have proven successful for many people. We can concentrate or focus on paying the smallest debt, the largest debt, or the debt with the highest interest rate. Or we can use debt consolidation and simplify the situation with a single bill each month. To compare the methods, let’s assume […]

Spending and Lifstyle Decisions

Spending and Lifestyle Decisions The most important factor in managing our personal finances is our control over where our money is going. Before we can establish financial goals or move forward with a financial plan, we need to be honest with ourselves about our spending habits. And our spending habits are most often driven by […]