Quicken Stories: Robert Hill, COO

Robert Hill started his career as an entry-level software engineer. Today, he’s the COO of a med-tech firm and a father of five. According to Robert, Quicken has been an integral part of helping him provide for his family. Read his Quicken story to learn how planning, tracking, and actively managing your finances can help you grow your net worth and support your life goals. Humble beginnings... Continue reading

How to Improve Your Financial Literacy

April is financial literacy month. Officially kicked off by the federal government in 2004, financial literacy month is designed to raise public awareness around financial literacy and how we manage our money. And there’s at least one good reason to set aside an entire month for talking (and learning) finance: Money can really stress us out. A 2018 study by FINRA Investor Education Foundation... Continue reading

How to Spring Clean Your Finances

While the end of the year and subsequent new year’s resolutions may be one of the most popular times to review your personal finances and set new goals, it’s important to check in throughout the year. The start of spring aligns with the end of the first quarter of the year, a good point to spend a few hours and spring clean your finances. After you’re done with the household chores, that is. ... Continue reading

Adjusted Gross Income: What Is it and How Does it Impact Your Taxes?

What is adjusted gross income? You’ve heard the term, of course. Perhaps your accountant mentions it in passing whenever you get your taxes done, or you recognize it as a line item on your annual tax returns. But without context, it’s hard to understand just how important it is.  Adjusted gross income (AGI) is your gross income— i.e., the total amount of money you’re paid before taxes are taken... Continue reading

Disposable Income: What Is it and How Does it Affect your Finances?

The term “disposable income” is something of a misnomer. It sounds like fun money, but it’s quite the opposite. Also known as disposable personal income (DPI) or “take-home pay,” disposable income, is the amount of money available after taxes and other employee deductions have been taken out of your paycheck. It’s not truly “disposable” because it has to cover your family’s most essential needs... Continue reading

The Best Way to Cut Down on Excess Spending

You may have the best of intentions, but sometimes when you go into a store to buy just one thing, you come out carrying three bags. Everyone spends a little too much now and again, but cutting back is easier than you think — you just need to be aware of when you’re spending too much. Continue reading
The Fastest Way to Save for a Car

The Fastest Way to Save for a Car

The fastest way to save up for a new car is to first reduce the amount you'll have to save. Putting 20 percent down on a new car has been the golden rule for years, but you can scale down the amount necessary for the down payment on a car in just a few ways.  Continue reading

How To Save Money When You're in Debt

Tackling your debts might require some courage, but it’s an essential step to boosting your financial health and setting the stage for a successful future. And while it can feel a little tempting to throw every extra cent into wiping out debt, it’s important to save money, too. Here’s how to balance these two financial heavyweights and succeed at both. Continue reading

How Much Do Babies Cost? Expense Management for New Parents

As any parent can tell you, bringing a child into the world means big changes in priorities, lifestyle and finances. According to the USDA, the cost of raising a child from birth to age 18 is $245,340 on average, including food, shelter and transportation. With Quicken Starter Edition, you can easily start budgeting for the child who is about to enter your life. Here are some ways to prepare for... Continue reading
A Beginner's Guide to Personal Finance

A Beginner's Guide to Personal Finance

Managing your finances isn't only beneficial for your bank account, it also creates a sense of stability that helps you achieve your financial, professional and personal goals. You don't need to be a math whiz to make it work either. Follow these simple steps and you’ll be well on your way to gaining control of your finances. Continue reading

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