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How to Tell You’re Ready to Buy a House

Making the decision to become a homeowner is emotionally and financially complex. Here are some key things to ask yourself if you’re considering whether buying is right for you.

Homework: How to Calculate How Much House You Can Afford

Crashing open houses and daydreaming about your future home? The spring and summer months often bring out a slew of looky-loos and serious house shoppers. If you’re ready to consider a new place to throw out the welcome mat and move in to a new neighborhood, one of the most important initial steps is to consider your budget, whether that takes the form of a bigger space for your growing family, or perhaps downsizing to make life simpler.

How to Boost Your Small Business Credit Score

February 2018

Are you a small-business owner who’s not getting the love you need from lenders? Are suppliers insisting on terms you find downright unfriendly?

The common denominator may be a poor business credit score. Here are some steps you can take to fix it.

What goes into your business credit score?

Just like a personal credit score, a business credit score measures the level of risk you pose for a lender. Unlike personal credit scores, most of which adhere to the FICO model, business credit scores don’t follow an industry standard.

Ditch Debt for Good

February 2018

Debt and extra weight share a lot of similarities. Both can make us feel sluggish. Both debt and weight gain can be a major source of stress. This leads some people to take extreme measures, only to get frustrated and give up. Debt or weight creeps back.

Make 2018 your year to “ditch the debt,” and end the yo-yo effect for good. Here are a few ways to get started.

Average American Saves Less Than 5%; See How You Stack Up

January, 2018

The average American saves less than 5% of his or her disposable income. Many financial advisors say that isn’t enough to ensure a comfortable retirement.

The personal saving rate, calculated by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis, has hovered around 5% for the past few years. By the end of June, the rate had dipped to 3.8%, the bureau reported.

Long-Term Care Insurance: What You Need to Know

January, 2018

There is a saying, “Do something today that your future self will thank you for.”

Never has a statement been truer than when discussing the purchase of insurance. Yes, it can be tough to write a check for something you may never use, but insurance is a safety net, protecting you, your family, and your assets. By 2050, the number of individuals using paid long-term care services in any setting will likely double from the 13 million using services in 2000, to 27 million people.

The latest online shopping safety tips you need this holiday season

December, 2017

The latest online shopping safety tips you need this holiday seasonLast winter, Pew Research reported that eight in 10 people now shop online, up from just 22 percent in 2000. My, how times have changed!

When Is the Best Time to Buy Plane Tickets?

December, 2017

It’s a familiar — and frustrating — experience: Planning a trip and checking airfares every few days, waiting for the perfect price to appear. Finding the opportune moment to buy is no easy feat.

Plane ticket costs fluctuate constantly. In fact, during the typical 11-month period a flight is listed, the price changes every four and a half days on average, according to CheapAir.com’s annual airfare study.

Tips for tackling debt and the journey to credit bliss

November 2017

Tips for tackling debt and the journey to credit blissDebt is something no one likes to talk about. In fact, to some, it’s a dirty word. But rest assured Americans are swimming in it.

Crush Impulse Buying With These 4 Jedi Mind Tricks

November 2017

Sometimes the dark side is too strong to resist, urging you to splurge on that second, even more perfect pair of brown boots or upgrade to a more stylish pair of wireless headphones. But the fleeting satisfaction you get from succumbing to these seductive I-didn’t-know-I-needed-it-until-just-now purchases can fade to a sense of financial failure when you get your credit card statement.

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