How Much Should You Have Saved? Financial Milestones by Decade

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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
Top 10 Personal Finance Tips for  the Long Term

Top 10 Personal Finance Tips for the Long-Term

Top 10 Personal Finance Tips for the Long-Term While complete financial independence is a difficult goal to reach, most people want to at least avoid spending their lives struggling to make ends meet. Planning can help you meet your money goals, but only if you put the plan into action. Assess Your Net Worth It's always a good idea to know your bottom line. Gather all of your financial statements... Continue reading

Save Money on Utilities

Here are 15 quick, cheap and easy ways to cut your electricity, heat and water use, while also cutting your expenses by hundreds of dollars: 1. Take a flyer on fluorescents Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) represent one of the brightest ideas for cooling your electric bill. (Not every CFL produces a warm, candlelight glow. To achieve that effect, look for one with a Kelvin temperature of 2,600 to... Continue reading