Credit Card 101

Simply enough, we have all heard of credit cards, or most of us already own one (or multiple!). But do you fully understand how a credit card works? Some people use a credit card as their primary method of paying for items, while others use it sparingly for special purposes. A credit card isn’t your…

Should I Add my Child as an Authorized User on my Credit Card?

One of the greatest financial gifts that a parent can give to his/her child, is a good to excellent credit standing. You may ask how can you do this? I would say, to add your child as an authorized user on your credit cards. This is only recommended if you are financially responsible. The good…

Should I Cosign for a Loan?

You have worked so hard on building a good financial reputation. You have saved some money, you have been responsible with managing your debts, you have maintained a good to excellent credit score, and you feel like overall, your financial future looks bright. Your family member or a friend asks you that since you have…

The Importance of Beneficiaries

An important step in managing your money, is to assign a beneficiary or beneficiaries to your eligible financial accounts, such as your insurance policies, investment accounts (401K, Mutual Funds, HSA), and banking accounts. Assigning your beneficiaries give you full control of deciding who gets your assets (funds held in your financial accounts), should something happen…

Easy Bill Paying Technique

I want to share a short and simple post on a technique that I use to pay some of my bills. The example that I will use for this post is an electric/heating bill, since most people have to pay for electricity/heating if you live in the United States. Each month, the bill that you…

Should I save or reduce my debt?

Do you have outstanding debt that keeps bogging you down? Do you often times wonder which order is correct – save now and pay the debt later, or pay the debt off now, and then start saving after? Well, you are not alone. When you have debt (money owed), it can be an obstacle in…