Financial Planning

Are You a Solopreneur Looking to Buy a Home? Here’s What You Need to Know

Being self-employed has its downsides and its benefits. Downsides include no paid vacation or holidays and the never-ending need to continually find customers. Benefits include an ability to set your own hours, no limits on your income, and lots of potential business deductions. These deductions can help you save lots of money on your taxes, …

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Six Things You Need to Do If You Want to Buy a House Next Year – Part 1

Are you looking to become a homeowner sometime next year? Congratulations! This is a really big step, especially if this will be your first home. If you are like the vast majority of Americans, then you don’t have a couple hundred thousand dollars lying around in your savings account. That means you’ll need to convince …

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How to Divorce-Proof Your Trust

Trusts were once considered a tool that only the mega-rich used to shovel their huge piles of money into a safe place. These days, trusts are increasingly used by all sorts of people, including older couples who want to provide ongoing support for their children or business owners who appreciate a trust’s ability to protect …

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Stick to These Five Money Truths No Matter What Happens in Washington

Washington is a chaotic place these days, and a lot of political promises are throwing pundits into a tizzy (though, to be fair, they’re kind of always in a tizzy). Big new bills are being alternately praised by one political party as “needed change,” while the other party cries “major disruption.” While it may seem …

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Eight Big, Game-Changing Ideas to Finally Pay Off Your Credit Card Debt This Year – Part Two

If you thought we proposed some pretty big ideas to pay off your credit card debt this year in part one of this series, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. We’ve saved our biggest, boldest, and most serious ideas for this article. If you’ve got thousands of dollars in credit card debt to pay down, you …

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Eight Big, Game-Changing Ideas to Finally Pay Off Your Credit Card Debt This Year – Part One

You’ve got credit card debt, and you hate it! Maybe a snapped timing belt in your car (and the huge bill that followed) sent you into a credit card spiral, or you lost your job, or you simply have a habit of swiping now and worrying about the consequences later. Whatever the reason, your credit …

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Never Pay Interest on a Credit Card Again – Credit Card Balance Transfers

Life happens, and life can be expensive. Maybe the radiator of your car blew out and you suddenly find yourself handing over your credit card to cover a $2,000 mechanic bill. Or you have to suddenly fly across the country for a week to take care of a sick parent. Or, perhaps you lost your …

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