Healthy Finances

Healthy Finances

Everyone is experiencing sticker shock as pump prices continue to rise. Walk the aisles of the local grocery stores and you will see that food prices are following suit. Every time we tune into the news on television, we hear about the nation's housing situation and credit woes. One important…
The road to financial success is paved with pennies. Although a penny may seem insignificant today, it's been said that the road to financial ruin begins with as little as a 2 penny difference. If you earn $1 and spend $.99, you're OK. But, spend $1.01 and you're heading for…
There is growing concern that many Americans are not adequately preparing for their retirement years. According to a study conducted by Rand, an independent, nonprofit organization from California, too many Americans are not saving for their retirement and, literally, risk running out of money too soon. Many have absolutely no…
A home has always represented security in an uncertain world. It's a haven of refuge and the center of family life. It's nice to be able to entertain friends and relatives in your own home. There's just no place like a home of your own. However, the age old question…
Spring has sprung and my guess is you're knee deep in spring cleaning – scrubbing floors, clearing out the garage and tossing all the clutter that's gathered over the winter months. Spring is also an ideal time to consider sprucing up your financial life.It's not just about tossing out old…
Given the uncertain economy, the increase of home foreclosures, and the heightened attention on the banking industry, people looking to buy a new home for the first time may be wondering whether now is even a good time. I would encourage you to do the proper research and am convinced…
Borrowing money is a part of almost everyone’s financial lives. Mortgages, auto loans and college loans enable us to afford things that are beyond our current financial reach. Credit cards provide convenience in our daily lives that many find essential. But borrowing money also carries serious responsibilities and too much…
Today’s troubled times have forced many people to express feelings of financial insecurity. An unstable economy, irresponsible government spending, a shaky stock market and excessive debt have taken their toll. Instead of feeling good about our finances, many feel out of control. The fact is, if we don’t start building…
The holidays are usually a time of getting together with family and friends, good food and gift giving. But for many people who don’t plan holiday spending in advance, they find themselves with a financial hangover well into the New Year. As the temperature drops, our desire to spread some…
What is financial success? Some would say it means being out of debt and having enough money in the bank to live off the interest. Others might say it’s not worrying about having enough money to cover the bills. Still others would point to the American dream of owning a…
If I had to choose one overriding principle to help you on the road to financial success it would be to spend less than you earn. It sounds so simple, doesn’t it? Yet there are many people out there burying themselves in debt (spending more than they earn) or living…
Having a sound overall financial strategy requires you to recognize that your finances are in a constant state of change. Not only do financial markets fluctuate, but your financial needs also change over time. Luckily, it is easier to predict the changes in your financial life stages than it is…
Unless you are very different from most other people, you do not want to spend lots of time handling your finances, do not want to worry about your finances and do not want to make your financial life any more complicated than it has to be. Keeping your financial life…
We all tend to develop habits that provide a rhythm or structure to our daily lives. Once these habits are developed, they can be hard to break. Building good financial habits can provide a rhythm, or sense of control, for your financial life. Here are 10 good financial habits that…
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