With direct deposits and auto payments that are available now, you may not be checking your accounts like you used to. It is important to either check your bank statements monthly or check it more often if you have online access to your bank accounts. This morning I happended to check my bank account, after [...]

There may be circumstances that come up where it is necessary to take money from your emergency fund or borrow money but in most cases it is important to live within your means. If your financial circumstances have changed it is important to change your spending to match your income. The longer you wait, the [...]

While dining out recently I overheard the conversation at a nearby table turn to credit card use. One diner, a young woman in mid 20s was talking about a friend who used credit cards mainly to get the reward points and could not afford to pay off the balance in full each month. She had [...]

Following are links to a few recent articles I have written for another site. Practical Ways to Spend Smarter and Save More in 2013 How a Large Family Can Save Money Best Selling Books about Financial Matters

Following are links to some recent articles I have written about credit card use. Credit Card Strategies that Can Hurt You Reasons to Stop Using Credit Cards Why Credit Cards are a Slippery Slope to Heavy Debt The Power of Compound Interest Advice on Using Credit Cards Using Credit Cards Only for Emergencies

Here are some recent articles I have written about budgeting. How to Create a Mini-Budget for a Child Pros and Cons to Living Debt Free Tips to planning a household budget and Sticking to it

Money Leaks

In the December 2012 issue of Money magazine there is an article title ” 35 Money Leaks and How to Plug Them”. Even if you follow a budget there may be ways that you are spending more money than you need to be spending. They break it into three differnet categories. You Set it and [...]

There has been a reduced Social Security payroll tax rate for the past 2 years. It was reduced from 6.2% to 4.2%. At this time it is scheduled to revert back to 6.2% January 1, 2013, unless Congress decides not to let the payroll tax holiday expire at the end of 2012. It may not [...]

Following are some articles I have written about household budgeting. Planning a household budget and sticking to it How iPhone apps can help with household budgeting How making your money inaccessible can save your finances Best Websites for printable coupons How to manage a budget as a single person How to manage personal finances when [...]

On the Suze Orman Show there is a segment called “Can I Afford It”. Viewers send in their financial information and what they are considering purchasing. Suze looks over the information and tells them if she thinks they can afford to purchase the item. In some cases, they may be able to afford the item [...]