Nov 10, 2020 11:30:57 AM Debt, Budget

What to Do if You Are Experiencing Homelessness

This year has been full of challenges, to say the least. With over 12 million Americans currently out of work, many people are scrambling to find in-demand jobs for the unemployed and avoid financial disasters. But with millions of people vying for the same jobs, COVID-related shutdowns, and family obligations, overcoming unemployment right now can be difficult.

Oct 27, 2020 3:00:00 AM Bad Credit, Debt, Budget

How to Avoid Foreclosure

When we save and scrape for years to finally attain our homes, the last thing on our minds is the potential of foreclosure. But unforeseen circumstances and crises, like a sudden emergency or a job loss, can put many homeowners at risk. This is particularly true if the home you purchased came with large mortgage payments that stretch your budget to its breaking point each month.

If you’re facing a foreclosure, you should address it right away. Ignoring the problem won’t make it any better. And by taking the proper steps, you may be able to avoid foreclosure altogether. It’s important to keep in mind that specific rules will vary depending on the state and jurisdiction. But here are some things to consider when you are hoping to avoid foreclosure:

Jul 9, 2020 3:00:00 AM Debt, Budget, Investments

What to Consider Before Cashing Out Your 401(k) Due to COVID-19

Certain changes under this year’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act are allowing struggling individuals to withdraw from their 401(k) before 59½, without incurring the same penalties that they would’ve faced a year ago. For many people who are struggling through this economic crisis, these changes may look like the answer to all of their problems. But there are a few things to consider before cashing out that 401(k), even with the reduced penalties.

May 5, 2020 3:00:00 AM Savings Tips & How To's, Debt, Budget

Avoid these 5 Mistakes by Using Better Money Management

We’ve all made a financial misstep from time to time. This is especially true for people who are just starting out. The problem with money mistakes is that they can affect today’s finances and tomorrow’s, too. Even the worst money moves made in your 20’s can take months or years to fix, so it’s important to do what we can to avoid them. This will save you money, anxiety, and one of our other most precious resources: time.

Apr 28, 2020 3:00:00 AM Savings Tips & How To's, Debt, Budget

Budgeting for your Investments

As you know by now, we’re big fans of the 50/20/30 budgeting system. This particular budgeting method allocates 50% of your post-tax income toward needs like housing and food, 30% toward your wants, like Netflix and take-out, and 20% toward your investments, which speak for themselves. Focusing the majority of your money on what you need and want gives you the confidence, flexibility, and understanding you need to make the most of your budget.

Apr 21, 2020 3:00:00 AM Savings Tips & How To's, Debt, Budget

Budgeting for your Wants

The 50/20/30 budgeting system is one of the easiest and most effective budget strategies to follow. Under this method, 50% of your post-tax income goes to needs, 20% to savings or investments, and 30% to wants. Your biggest percentage should always go toward essential needs like housing, bills, and groceries. This is the easiest category to define. But the other two categories are a bit more ambiguous.

Apr 14, 2020 3:00:00 AM Savings Tips & How To's, Debt, Budget

Budgeting for your Needs

Earlier this year, we talked about a highly effective way to update or set your budget called the 50/20/30 budgeting system. As a quick reminder, this budgeting system allocates 50% of your income (after taxes are taken out) to your needs, 30% to your wants, and the remaining 20% to savings or investments. The biggest percentage goes to your needs, like your housing, bills, and food. That’s what we’ll focus on here.

Apr 13, 2020 4:23:54 PM Insider, Debt, Coronavirus

Understanding Your Stimulus Check

By now, we’re all eagerly anticipating our COVID-19 stimulus payments. With every update regarding the payments, we’re given a few answers, but it seems we finish reading with just as many questions. If you’re wondering how much you’ll receive as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act that was signed into law late last month, there’s an easy way to calculate your total and find answers to your other questions.

Mar 3, 2020 3:00:00 AM Debt

What Happens to Debt When Someone Dies?

In an ideal world, our debts would be wiped clean once we passed away. Unfortunately, this is not usually the case. In reality, the process of dealing with debt after someone dies can get a bit complicated. Depending on the type of debt and the situation, debts may be discharged, collected through other methods, or fall on the co-signer or joint account holder.