Expecting a Stimulus Check? Here’s What You Need To Know

Fast FAQs About Stimulus Checks (i.e. Economic Impact Payments): Up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples and up to $500 for each qualifying child Based on 2019 or 2018 data, depending on when you file your 2019 return Deposit payments will begin to roll out on April 9th, with checks being issued April 24th Self-employed individuals should look beyond the stimulus payment at other CARES Act benefits [Read more...]

A Complete Guide to Savings Goals

One of the best financial goals you can have is to save more.  The more you save, the more security and opportunities you can create for yourself. If invested properly, your savings can also lead to the creation of income-producing assets, setting you and your family up for a lifetime of financial … [Read more...]

Improve Your Credit Score with Our Ultimate Guide to Credit

This post is brought to you by Experian. While this was a sponsored opportunity, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. Have you ever wondered exactly what it takes to build a good credit score? Maybe you've made some credit mistakes in your past and you're wondering how to fix them. Or perhaps you've wondered if your credit score even really matters. No matter what questions you have about credit, you're sure to find … [Read more...]

Do You Need Insurance For Your Internet Business?

Killer internet business idea: check. Business plan: check. Domain name: check. Customer base: check. Insurance: ch…wait, what? For many internet business owners, internet business insurance is not one of their first (or even fifth) concerns. While no traditional small business owner—with stock to lose, a storefront to maintain, and payroll to meet—would consider operating without insurance, many internet startups do just that. The question is, are … [Read more...]

Fabric Life Insurance Review 2022 | Should You Use It?

  My husband and I purchased 20-year term life insurance policies several years ago. We had just welcomed our second son--and lost my father--the year before. Prior to my father's death, my husband and I only carried the life insurance we were able to get through his workplace. His policy would replace one year's worth of his income, and the small spousal policy that I carried would pay out $15,000. But we both realized this … [Read more...]

18 Frugal Living Tips Plus How to Beat Frugality Fatigue

Frugality is having a moment. A lot of us are embracing frugal living these days, and for good reason. Frugality can open up a lot of opportunities in our lives. It puts us more in control of our money and helps us to determine what’s most important to us. Living frugally means making intentional choices with your everyday spending. It means mapping out your financial—and life—goals and then aligning your spending to help you … [Read more...]

Teaching Kids About Money [The Complete Guide]

If you're like me, you want to teach your kids about money so that they can create a life of freedom and independence for themselves. Maybe you struggled with money a bit when you were younger, like me, and you don't want them to have to go through the same problems (credit card debt, not getting ahead, etc.). Here's the thing. You have the ability to help your kids succeed. By learning about money yourself, you're giving your … [Read more...]

What You Can Expect from a Financial Planner [Plus How Much They Cost]

The world of investing and financial planning can be confusing. If you've heard about certified financial advisors, you may be wondering exactly what do they do and whether or not you need one. Even as a CPA myself, I've found this world a bit confusing. But I spoke with some friends who are advisors, did my own research with an advisor session, and I'm here to share what I learned with you. A financial planner can do anything … [Read more...]

The Complete Guide to 529 College Savings Plans

Have you been thinking about saving for your child's future college expenses? Are you curious if you should get started with a 529 college savings plan? It took me three years from the time I started thinking about setting up a 529 college savings plan to actually open one up. It's one of those big financial check-offs that just seems to elude us...till it's too late. If you're like me, you're probably wrestling with this big … [Read more...]

Should You Payoff Your Mortgage Early? Yep! Here Are 6 Strategies to Pull It Off!

My wife and I are 38 and 43, respectively, and we just paid off our home mortgage - a home we purchased seven years ago. It feels great to own our home outright and not have the risk of that big debt in our life. Making the decision to pay off our mortgage early is a decision we’ve gone back and forth on. We’ve wrestled with it. But, ultimately, our financial successes and inertia pushed us to go forward with the payoff. If … [Read more...]

Zeta Review 2022 | Best Personal Finance App for Couples?

  Feeling frustrated when it comes to money in your relationship? Often, it's easier to sweep things under the rug than have those tough financial discussions with your partner. Or maybe the talks themselves aren't difficult, but it's tough to keep track of all the little details that make up your financial life. You'd rather be enjoying your time with your loved ones, not checking to make sure the bills are paid or nagging … [Read more...]

Puls Review 2022 | Need a Handyman?

I recently purchased a Ring doorbell--you know, the doorbell with a camera and speaker tied to your home WiFi--to replace my old, standard doorbell. I was excited about experiencing the benefits of the new gadget, but not so excited about installing the doorbell itself. I’ve got a long list of honey do’s right now and this was just one more item to add to the list. No thanks! That’s when I remembered my friend Ben had just joined … [Read more...]

Get Free Personal and Business Credit Scores at Nav.com

  Learning more about your business credit is not as simple as it is for your personal credit. It's a totally different system for business credit and there are fewer services available for checking it. Thankfully, Nav.com has come along to help small business owners (and individuals) better understand their credit. As you'll see, Nav has premium offerings to consider, but even their basic service allows you to check your … [Read more...]

ABLEnow: Accounts for People with Disabilities

Several years ago, my best friend Erika gave birth to a gorgeous baby boy she and her husband named Isaac. Fifteen months later, Isaac was diagnosed with autism. While the diagnosis offered the family some reassuring context for why Isaac reacted to the world the way he did, it was also a difficult time. It was clear that this baby's future would be different from what the family had hoped for him. Isaac is a teenager now. As … [Read more...]

Bestow Life Insurance Review 2022: Term Life Insurance in Minutes?

  If you've ever gone through the traditional route for finding life insurance, you know the headaches built into the process. Things like high-pressure sales, struggling to compare apples to apples among products, a mandatory physical exam, and excessive paperwork. Online life insurance brokers have made it easier to shop for quotes, compare rates, and avoid hard-selling insurance agents. But they haven't been able to … [Read more...]

Christian Healthcare Ministries Review 2022: Can You Save on Healthcare?

Christian Healthcare Ministries is a healthcare sharing ministry in which members can share medical costs while staying faithful to Christian beliefs and biblical principles. Although companies such as CHM have been around for decades, these companies are less-known because traditional health insurance is standard in the United States. Christian Healthcare Ministries is an affordable alternative to traditional health insurance. … [Read more...]

How to Get Sideline Passes for NFL Games (Our Exclusive Team Experience with Barclaycard)

This experience was sponsored by Barclaycard. However, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. Wouldn't it be cool to be on the sidelines at an NFL game? This could be a dream-come-true experience, especially for long-time or young fans. Who doesn't want to get close to their heroes down on the field? I'd love to one day bring my kid(s) down on the field. Not many people get to experience being that close to the … [Read more...]

The Top 40 Personal Finance Podcasts (Listen & Win the Money Game)

Do you have a long commute to work? It's hard to not feel like you are wasting valuable time going back and forth from work. But you can make the time fly by and improve your finances by listening to the top personal finance podcasts. After living in two major metropolitan areas and having to patiently ride out the commute each day I know how draining and stressful it can be. That said, since discovering podcasts I often look … [Read more...]