Keep Track of Your Money

Why Quicken Is the Best Way to Keep Track of Your Money

Meticulously counting each dollar you spend gets old in a hurry, but keeping track of them as they leave your pocket is still the best way to monitor your cash flow. Good news is, you no longer have to do all that counting manually. Budgeting software takes all the legwork out of keeping track of your money, and Quicken is your best option. Here’s how you can use it to keep your money in check. Continue reading
The Fastest Way to Rebuild Your Savings

The Fastest Way to Rebuild Your Savings

A savings account is a safeguard against unexpected expenses — after all, emergencies never strike when it’s convenient. If you’ve used up all of your savings, rebuilding your financial safety net as soon as possible is an important priority. Katie Ross, education and development manager for American Consumer Credit Counseling at, suggests using a five-point plan to get your... Continue reading

Are You Ready To Buy A House? [Quiz]

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How to Rebuild Your Savings Account After a Large Expense

How to Rebuild Your Savings Account After a Large Expense

Savings accounts are important for getting you through the tough times — like being laid off from your job, or dealing with an unexpected medical expense. But they also come in handy during the good times — for example, taking that dream vacation, or putting a down payment on a car or home. Life is full of events that rely on your savings, but when you have easy-to-use tools like Quicken Starter... Continue reading
5 Ways to Keep Better Track of Your Money

5 Ways to Better Keep Track of Your Money

Forbes magazine made a splash in 2016 when it reported that 63 percent of Americans have less than $500 in savings. If you find you're living paycheck-to-paycheck, you're clearly not the only one. These statistics might reflect a shortage of earnings to some extent, but they also may indicate that we’re just not tracking where our money goes. Good news is, finding out doesn’t have to be difficult... Continue reading
Personal Finance Strategies: Building a Savings Account

Personal Finance Strategies: Building a Savings Account

When it comes to finances, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment. You like your job and you’re being paid well enough that you don’t dread those first-of-the-month bills. Continue reading

Are You Saving Too Much?

Date: November 15, 2016 Conventional wisdom says that you should have at least six months’ living expenses tucked away in case of a financial emergency, but saving more than this can be a hedge against a disaster that may never come. Saving too much is not likely to help you get ahead, so you might consider other options when you reach that six-month threshold.   Saving vs. Paying Down Debt... Continue reading

5 Places to Stash Your Cash

With interest rates today at rock-bottom levels, it’s understandable if you feel that low-risk savings options are not much better than stuffing your money in a mattress. But our topic here is not maximizing your return over the long term, we’re looking at where to put money you may need to access quickly. The focus for these funds is safety and liquidity, not a great return. Here’s a look at the... Continue reading

Household Budget: 8 Sneaky Saving Strategies

Here’s a timely question that came to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine deputy editor Janet Bodnar… and her response. "I’m in my 20s, and I’m shocked at how many of my friends don’t seem to understand how to save money now in order to use it for other things in the future. How can I get them to understand this?" You may have your work cut out for you. A study by Wachovia and the Consumer... Continue reading

How to Budget for Your Dream Vacation

Three simple steps go into building a budget. First, figure out how much money you have coming in. Second, figure out how you're spending it. Once you know this, you can do the third step – adjusting what you're spending to free up money for other goals. For instance, if you have $3,500 coming in every month, and you pay a $900 mortgage payment, $300 in utilities and $500 for insurance and car... Continue reading