12 Fun Summer Money Challenges for Kids

Now that the long days of summer are here, are you finding yourself racking your brain for new and creative ways to keep the kids busy and entertained? How about using this opportunity to try some fun challenges for kids that can teach them about the value of money? According to a recent study, only 19 states in the U.S. currently require kids in K-12 public schools to take a financial literacy... Continue reading

Should You Refinance Your Mortgage? 6 Questions to Ask First

In June of 2019, mortgage rates across the U.S. fell to a three-year low, dropping to a 3.73 percent average. Considering that mortgage rates in 2018 averaged out at 4.55 percent, this has caused real estate professionals, mortgage brokers, and the general public to sit up and take notice. Naturally, many homeowners are wondering if now may be a good time to refinance. What Is Refinancing? A... Continue reading

Creating a College Budget Template for Your New Grad

If you have a child heading to school this fall, chances are the task of creating a college budget isn’t at the top of your priority list. If so, it’s perfectly understandable. After all, you’ve probably been so focused on funding your child’s college savings plan, helping them apply for financial aid and scholarships, and making all the necessary preparations for the big move that you haven’t... Continue reading

Socially Responsible Investing: 3 Things to Know

In today’s investing world, socially responsible investing (SRI) seems to be everywhere. While the modern practice of values-based investing dates back to the 60s—when the civil rights movement led to the establishment of community development banks in low-income and minority communities— it’s been gaining steam in recent years as investor demand climbs.  Case in point - according to the US SIF (... Continue reading

How to Get Your Kids off of the Bank of Mom and Dad

Many adults today are still financially dependent on their parents. We've got tips to help you cut the purse strings and prioritize your own financial future. Continue reading

Raising Financially Independent Children

Study reveals link between early financial education and future adult income

All parents want to give their kids the things they missed out on growing up. We surveyed over 2,000 adults in the U.S.—half of which we sourced from the general population and half from our community of Quicken users—to get a closer look at how parents are talking to their kids about money and the impact of their own early financial education (or lack thereof).    Continue reading

How to Pay For College: 11 Strategies for Savvy Parents

If you’ve got a child headed to college this fall, chances are they received their acceptance letters in March or April and are making plans as we speak. That means it’s go-time for you, too. If you don’t have a clear plan of action for funding your child’s education—or you do, but need some additional advice—we’ve got you covered. Paying for college is no easy feat, but there are a number of... Continue reading

Parent PLUS Loan: 7 Key Things Every Parent Should Know

Got a kid heading off to college this fall? With that first tuition payment staring you down, it’s time to make sure the finances are in place. Over the last two decades, the average cost of tuition at a four-year private institution in the U.S. has more than doubled. With the price of admittance for both private and public institutions rising every year, it’s no wonder more and more parents are... Continue reading

What is a 529 College Savings Plan - and is it for You?

Let’s face facts. The costs of higher education represent a huge financial burden for many US families, even affluent ones in high-income brackets who have significant savings. And that’s true whether you consider public or private colleges and universities. The average tuition and fees at an in-state public college for the academic year 2018-2019 was $9,716, public out-of-state averaged $21,629... Continue reading

Creating a Budget That Has the Best Effect on Your Credit

Your emergency fund will thank you. Use a free budgeting app to identify areas where you’re consistently overspending — like, say, all those restaurants you’re frequenting on weekends — then reroute those dollars to your savings account. Continue reading