Personal finance, like just about everything else, is mainly common sense. Advice like “don’t spend more than you make; start investing while you’re young; don’t loan money to friends with the expectation of getting it back,” have been around for generations, and most likely will survive the next few generations as well.
Every month we share our personal commentary on economic forces challenging your money. It's not "gospel" but it's what we think. Have thoughts? Please share in the comments below.
A lot of people need their daily cup of joe. I, admittedly, am one of those people. It was today that I was sitting in the Dunkin’ Donuts Drive-Thru (like I usually do), when I wondered to myself:
“How much money do you think I’ve spent on Dunkin’ in my lifetime?”
Ah yes, the Holiday Hangover. Not your typical hangover. It doesn’t come from too much eggnog on Christmas, or that one too many glasses of champagne at the New Year’s Eve party. This one isn’t felt in your head, and definitely can’t be cured with an ibuprofen. This one hurts your wallet.
There are a variety of financial management tools and applications available today that can be used to help you manage your money. From software applications to phone apps, there’s no shortage of help available.
Like health care, many of us continue with the same auto insurance policy for years, never bothering to find out whether another insurance carrier could provide better service or save us some money. But there are several reasons why shopping for another auto insurance policy can make sense. Here are just a few:
Who hasn't heard some or all of the following?
Be sure to check your credit score periodically.
Apply for a credit card so you can establish credit.
Your credit score dropped.
Your credit score rose.
What exactly does any of this mean and what is considered a good credit score?
Whether you like it or not, a good credit score is essential. Your credit score factors into everything from insurance rates, to whether you get the job you applied for. A good credit score is also needed to buy a house, obtain cell phone service, rent an apartment, and buy a car.
If you’re in your 20s, rejoice! You’re in a great position to create the life you want, starting with a secure financial future. While it’s common to feel overwhelmed when entering the workforce full time, there are a lot of things you can do fresh out of college that will help you attain your professional and financial goals earlier than you may expect.