Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gift?

The Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gift?

That Financial Conversation You’ve Been Putting Off

Studies show that finances are one of the top stressors in a relationship. With the quintessential relationship-centric holiday—Valentine’s Day—on the horizon, Quicken, maker of the best-selling personal finance software in the US, surveyed over 1,000 adults to gather insights into the ever-elusive personal finance conversation. Whether you embrace the spirit of Valentine’s Day or staunchly... Continue reading
Financing Your Family. Did you win the lottery this year? Consider having kids!

Financing Your Family [Infographic]

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Ways Online Budgeting Software Can Save You Money

If you've ever forgotten to make a credit card payment on time, you've felt the sting of late fees. If it happens several times throughout the year, it can cost you a significant amount in fees plus added interest. Better budgeting software, like Quicken, can save you money by sending you email and text alerts for upcoming payments. You'll be in a position to avoid late charges because the... Continue reading

Yours, Mine and Ours: Tips for Combining Personal Finances

Combine Your Finances After Marriage - Ideally Marriage gives you a legal partnership, and the ideal time to combine your personal finances is after you get married. However, you can begin to work on combined finances before marriage. "I encourage them to begin making decisions as if their funds were combined, therefore learning how to make decisions together, while managing their own funds,"... Continue reading

Budget Planner: Nine Financial Moves for New Moms and Dads

If you’re thinking about starting a family, or a baby is already on the way, you’re probably bracing yourself for months of sleep deprivation, dirty diapers and Barney. You also probably wince every time someone tells you that “a baby will change your life.” Well, it will, including your personal finances. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a child’s first two years, on average,... Continue reading

Top 5 Money Mistakes People Make

Managing money is a challenge whether you earn minimum wage or are considered comfortably well off. While making mistakes is considered a learning opportunity by some, it pays to make as few mistakes as possible when it comes to your financial status. Errors in judgment can be costly in both the short and long run. No Budget It takes time and effort to come up with a budget, so many people... Continue reading

Tips on Setting Personal Finance Goals for Married Couples

Play to Your Personalities Money can be a source of conflict for many couples. A key step in avoiding arguments is understanding your financial personalities. While it might be easier for two savers to get along financially than a saver and a spender, both personalities can be accommodated through the use of a household budget. A household budget shines a light on where money is coming and going... Continue reading

Five Financial Flubs of New Parents

Babies may not come with an instruction manual, but they certainly come with a crib-load of expenses and responsibilities for new parents. Unfortunately, money matters often get pushed aside in the excitement of a new arrival. After all, you’ve got other things to worry about, such as how to survive on an hour of sleep, or how to get the baby to stop crying. And besides, who wants to sit down... Continue reading

Homebuying Budgeting for Singles

Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases you'll ever make -- and one of the biggest responsibilities you'll ever take on. If you want to take this on while you're still single, you need to be especially prepared for the financial implications, because you're going it alone. But, if you budget well and plan ahead, it's a challenge you can overcome. Plan for a Big Down Payment Buying a home... Continue reading

Bringing Home Baby: The Budget Impact for First Time Parents

Health Care Having a great health insurance plan in place before you conceive can help alleviate some of the financial stress of a baby's health care, but chances are you will still have some out-of-pocket health care expenses. New babies have a lot more regular checkups than adults. Expect to take your baby to the doctor at every two months for the first six months of life, and every three... Continue reading

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