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

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

How To Save Smarter Without Working Harder

While it would be nice, we don't all have trust funds, a professional golf swing or the stage presence of Bruce Springsteen to bank our retirements on. It's not that the rich, talented and famous don't work, it's just that they don't have to work to retire. Most people must work to save, whether for retirement or another goal. Even if you don't want to work harder at your current job or take on... Continue reading

Post Brexit: What to Consider Before Investing in the Stock Market

Date: June 30, 2016 If you've put a little money aside and you're looking to make it grow, your thoughts might turn to investing in the stock market. Maybe you woke up one morning realizing that retirement is a bit closer than you thought so you want to bulk up your savings. Maybe you'd just like to have a little larger nest egg than you currently enjoy. Even if last week's Brexit vote may make... Continue reading

Reasons to Keep a Rainy Day Fund

As much as we may try to predict the future, life always comes up with a way to throw us a curveball. Although you might not know what form your next unanticipated expense is going to take, rest assured that it's going to come at some point. With that in mind, a cornerstone of a good financial plan is setting aside money for a rainy day fund. Liquidity in Case of Emergency The most basic... Continue reading