How to Save Money and Budget When Expanding Your Business

Every business expansion has its own challenges, but knowing how to plan for the unexpected can save you thousands and even keep your business afloat during the transition. Consider these pointers. Continue reading
Best Long-Term Budgeting Tools to Plan for Retirement

Best Long-Term Budgeting Tools to Plan for Retirement

Using the right budgeting software not only helps you reach your retirement savings goals, it can also ensure you manage your money well through the three phases of retirement. Continue reading

How Much Money Do You Need To Buy A House?

You’ve been diligently saving, and that savings account you’ve amassed looks pretty healthy. Now you’re ready to take the plunge and buy your own home. But have you considered all the items you’re going to need cash for between now and closing the deal? Are you sure you have enough?   Earnest Money Deposit   Earnest money is pretty much what it sounds like — cash placed on the table at the... Continue reading

Budgeting Tools For Managing A Property Management Business

Getting into property management can be a complicated business. But you can make the work a lot easier with the right tools, says financial expert Sean Stein Smith, CPA, member of the AICPA’s National CPA Financial Literacy Commission and CGMA of Bergenfield, New Jersey. Continue reading

How Financial Software Can Help Fuel Your Next Vacation

You work hard for your money and you deserve to play hard, too. But it can be tough to find the funds for your dream vacation if travel costs only cross your mind when you’re daydreaming of a getaway. The solution: build travel into your budget so you can accumulate a travel nest egg that’ll get you where you want to go. Here’s how. Continue reading

How to Have a Big Wedding for a Small Price

It's easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of planning a wedding. But budgeting in advance is key for truly enjoying your big day, and it helps you avoid the stress of a large bill after the festivities are over. Use these tips for the wedding of your dreams — you might even save some money along the way. Continue reading

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

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