When it comes to personal finances, it can be hard to describe how you’re doing and what you need. It’s easy to say “I’m not making enough money” or “I’m doing fine financially,” but that doesn’t shed light on what’s really going on. Can the cause of your financial woes truly be boiled down to the size of your paycheck, or are other factors, like debt and spending, weighing you down? Does “doing fine” mean that you’re “just getting by”…
If you want to make better financial decisions in 2021, you should start following personal finance influencers. Social media is a powerful tool, and we think it makes sense to use it to learn new skills and encourage ourselves to make smarter decisions.
If you have short and long-term financial objectives, try running a SWOT analysis on your finances to pinpoint your priorities and highlight where you could make improvements. A SWOT analysis is a strategic matrix developed to help businesses identify things standing between them and their goals. It’s also a great way to distill down your priorities when making important decisions. Although originally intended for organizations, the exercise can be useful for all types of goal setting and analysis.
Let’s say you’re in dire need of cash. You might be struggling to work your way out of debt. Maybe you had an unexpected emergency with a big price tag. There’s a stash of cash available in your 401(k), but you’re technically supposed to save that money for retirement. Should you tap into your retirement savings if you really, really need it?
Sometimes it’s difficult to spot the difference between good and bad advice. Amidst questionable suggestions from family and friends, contradicting web searches and the hundreds of “get rich fast” books at your local library, it can be especially hard to know what financial advice is worth your time. In this blog, we’ll explore 11 common personal finance myths, clear up the misinformation and uncover the truth.
If you’ve tried to create a budget in the past, you may have struggled with prioritizing your expenses. Needs like food, shelter and utilities are likely at the top of your list, but is a new pair of jeans more important than putting money towards your emergency fund? Should medical bills or car payments come before credit card debt? Is it okay to squeeze in a latte if you’re still paying down your college debt?
Prepare for 2021 with a few money moves that will give your finances a leg up in the new year. Whether you are preparing for tax season, managing your investments, or making decisions about your retirement and health savings accounts, these tips will help you get the most out of your money.
Setting goals is often easier said than done, especially when finances are involved. We would all like to make more money, pay off debt, start investing or make a big purchase. However, knowing how exactly to bring those wishes to life can be tricky.
If you’ve ever been shopping at a major retailer, you’ve probably had a cashier offer to sign you up for a store credit card with the promise of saving you money on your purchase. These offers are hard to miss because most stores are trying to meet a quota of new credit card sign-ups, and cashiers are required to offer them to you. Some of the sign-up discounts can be pretty appealing, as can the regular rewards, but should you…
Between February and March of 2020, the number of Americans who filed for unemployment benefits rose from 6.5 percent to an unprecedented 14.7 percent. This is an all-time high for the nation, and although unemployment rates have started to come down, everyone who received benefits will have to take them into account when they file their taxes. That means that more than 60 million Americans will report unemployment insurance benefits as income on their 2020 tax return.