Financial Items to Check Off Your List Before the End of 2018

November 26, 2018 11:18 am

We are approaching the end of another year.  The next month will be filled with celebrations, shopping and other holiday festivities, but it’s also time to take a last look at your finances before the end of the year to make sure you are taking advantage of money saving opportunities before they are lost.  Because […]

Tips for Charitable Giving in Times of Crisis

September 17, 2018 12:00 am

In 2016, over $390 billion was donated to charitable causes in the US.  Many people donate money and time to their favorite charities throughout the year.  Some choose to set up scheduled giving such as a monthly donation, while others make their donations at the end of the year.  When unexpected events, like Hurricanes Harvey […]

Should I Bank Online?

August 17, 2018 10:15 am

Emergency reserves are a vital part of every good financial plan.  Having extra savings that can be accessed to cover an unexpected expense enables you to avoid charging up credit cards and taking withdrawals from retirement savings.  So where should you keep those reserves and how should they be invested?  Or should they be invested […]

Financial Factors to Consider when Buying a Home

June 14, 2018 12:00 am

I think most will agree that the top consideration in buying a home is location, and that is true for a number of reasons.  Everyone wants to live in a desirable area suitable to their way of living.  For some the location may be conveniently…

Get the Checklist: Organizing Your Finances for the New Year

January 10, 2018 9:59 am

New year, new budget! The holidays are over, the new year has arrived, and we’ve begun a new year to meet your financial goals. Don’t let unexpected expenses derail your plans for the new year. The start of a new year is the perfect time to clear off your kitchen table and take an in-depth […]

Top 3 Considerations When Selecting a 529 Plan

November 13, 2017 12:04 pm

If you are saving for college for your children, a 529 college savings plan is one of the best vehicles to utilize.  A 529 plan is a tax-deferred account that allows you to save money and invest it for future college expenses.  As long as you use the funds for qualified college expenses, withdrawals from […]

Should I Pay Off my Mortgage Before I Retire?

July 11, 2017 9:26 am

Ideally everyone would reach retirement and not have an outstanding mortgage balance, but that is not always the case.  Some people choose to keep a mortgage for tax purposes, but often, due to any number of circumstances, retirement approaches and a mortgage balances still exist for many retirees.  The outstanding mortgage loan may be on […]

Tips for Surviving a Divorce (Financially)

March 1, 2017 12:00 am

We’ve all heard the statistics: divorce is quite common in addition to being a difficult process and experience.  There are numerous adjustments to be made during and after a divorce in many aspects of life.  Your living arrangements an…

Financial Planning for Blended Families

February 21, 2017 10:13 am

blend·ed fam·i·ly noun NORTH AMERICA a family consisting of a couple and their children from this and all previous relationships.   The joining of two families can be an exciting time but also a time when you will be faced with many financial decisions.  There are many aspects of life to plan for, from living […]

5 Tips to Make Your 401k Grow

January 1, 2017 12:00 am

For most Americans, 401k plans, qualified plans or defined contribution plans are the most popular savings vehicles for retirement.  With most private companies doing away with pension plans and the uncertainty of Social Security, individuals need…