How Much Should You Spend on Rent?

For decades, the general rule has been that you should not spend more than 30 percent of your income on housing. Yet, with increasing expenses and slow growth in wages, this number has become less realistic for a growing number of Americans. Whether you can keep your rent below the 30 percent threshold or not, here are some important numbers to keep in mind when working on your monthly budget. Continue reading

How To Create A Budget For Your Teenage Kids

By the time they're teenagers, most kids begin tugging hard at their parental leashes that hold them to childhood. They want to be treated as adults, but in many cases lack the fundamental life skills that will enable them to function as adults — skills like budgeting. You can make a budget for them, of course, but financial blogger Dave Ramsey suggests that taking a purely instructional approach... 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
6 Smart Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund by Quicken

6 Smart Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund

In 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reportedly issued 112 million tax refunds, with a grand total of $324 billion returned to taxpayers.  If you received one of those refunds, it might have been the financial highlight of the year — more money in a lump sum than you could ever expect to receive from another source. Did you spend the money wisely? This year, get rid of that devil on your... 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

How to Save Money and Budget When Moving

A big move is exciting — perhaps you're upgrading to a larger condo, have found your dream home or are relocating for a new job. But it can also be a little pricey. In fact, if you're not prepared, the cost of moving can surprise you, especially if you're distracted with the details of buying or leasing a new place. Budget accordingly, though, and your move will go easy on your wallet — and your... Continue reading

Who Does the President's Personal Finances?

Despite being the leader of the free world, the president still has to pay personal bills, and many of them have opted not to pass off that responsibility to a financial professional. However, great diplomacy doesn’t necessarily mean great financial aptitude. In fact, not all presidents have been good at managing their money. Continue reading
How Could a Changing Economy Affect Your Savings?

How Could a Changing Economy Affect Your Savings?

Changes in the American economy not only affect jobs and wages, they often have a direct impact on your savings. And there’s no more likely time for economic change than at the beginning of a new presidential administration. While no one can predict the effects the Trump administration will have on the American economy, it's vital that you understand how changes in interest rates and inflation... Continue reading

New Year, New Presidency: How Might The Trump Administration Affect Your Finances?

Date: January 1, 2017 It’s not uncommon to want to tighten your purse a little when a new president takes office. With new policies, many economic and financial changes could be ahead. There’s been a lot of speculation about how the economy will fare under President-elect Donald Trump, but he’s been pretty vocal up front about the things he wants to achieve. Continue reading
How a Budgeting App Can Change Your Rental Property Business

How a Budgeting App Can Change Your Rental Property Business

The benefits of an app for managing your rental business are numerous," says Stein Smith, "but primarily focus on the increased transparency that comes from being able to track payments and expenses by location as they occur in real time. Continue reading

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