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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5 Most Common Mistakes That Lower Credit Scores

Your credit score serves as a quick way for lenders to get an idea of how well you've managed your credit in the past, especially when banks are deciding whether to lend you money in the future. If you're looking at taking out a loan, avoiding small mistakes that can ding your score can help you secure loan approval -- and a lower interest rate. Signing Up for Retail Cards Signing up for a... Continue reading

Healthy Financial Relationship 101: Should You Merge Your Finances?

When it comes to relationships, money usually isn't the hottest topic for a first date. But, as things get more serious and you start sharing more of your lives, the topic of money will eventually come up. Having an open conversation about how you want to manage money as a couple can build trust and set you up to meet your goals, whether that's with merged finances, separate accounts, or... Continue reading

Good Ways To Teach Your Kids About Money

Warren Buffett is the third richest man in the world and one of the most financially savvy individuals that has ever lived. Buffett's prowess for investing probably wasn't engrained at birth; he learned it. If you want to help your child become a financially responsible adult, you have to start teaching children about money early and use every available resource such as household budget software... Continue reading

Combining Finances In A Relationship

Can a couple where both participants have different attitudes towards money and different incomes survive in a relationship with combined finances for their household budget? A differing philosophy or income is not an automatic problem. What’s really important is the goal. If two people agree on some basic principles, there is room for differences in habits. In a partnership, there are ways... Continue reading

Cheap Travel Ideas: Fly, Drive, or Neither

Even though holiday travel and vacation isn't far behind us, you're probably already stuck behind your desk, daydreaming about your next getaway. If you're a travel nut, you've probably realized that those little weekend trips and summer vacations can add up. Hopefully these money management tips and cheap travel ideas will help you save a little the next time you hit the road. Continue reading

Before You Lease Your Next Car

On Friday, Chrysler Group began offering leases on all 2010 Dodge, Jeep, and Chrysler vehicles. The automaker also said in a press release that it plans special leasing deals for certain models, including the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Ram 1500, Journey, Jeep Wrangler, and Liberty.  Should you consider what Chrysler is offering? Or, more broadly, is a lease ever a... Continue reading

At-Home Dad Cares For Family, Finances

The following is a post from Kara McGuire of the Star Tribune. Going from two incomes to one meant getting used to a new budget, diligently tracking expenses, and accepting the trade-offs. Linus was just a week old when Adam Nafziger decided the whole dual-income family thing just wasn't going to work. His wife, Nicole Fitch Nafziger traveled several days most weeks selling flavors to candy... Continue reading

How to Analyze Risk Vs. Return With Personal Money Management Software

An investor's tolerance for risk helps to determine the types and amounts of investments she makes. In general, riskier investments provide a higher return, because investors demand more compensation for taking higher risks. Personal money management software has features to show you the risks as well as returns on your investments. It also can provide suggestions for changing your risk profile... Continue reading