Tips to Create a Budget

America Saves Week, an annual event sponsored by the Consumer Federation of America, is Feb. 24 to March 1. In these tough economic times, it is more important than ever for families to develop a budget and stick to it. Rainy-day funds, savings for college or just making your rent payment can all be made easier . . . → Read More: Tips to Create a Budget

Ten Timely Tax Time Tips

The income tax filing season has begun, and important tax documents should be arriving in your mailbox. Although your return is not due until April 15, you can make tax time easier on yourself with an early start. Here are 10 tips to help ensure a smooth tax-filing process.

1. Create a system for organizing tax documents . . . → Read More: Ten Timely Tax Time Tips

Save Energy & Save Money

Now is the perfect time to assess your home’s energy efficiency. An energy-efficient home can keep your family comfortable, save you money and make your home more attractive to buyers when you sell. Whether you take simple steps or make larger investments, you’ll likely decrease your average utility bill. Over time, those savings will automatically put . . . → Read More: Save Energy & Save Money

New Year’s Resolutions — For Your Wallet!

As you’re considering your New Year’s resolutions for 2014, don’t forget to think about your money. The New Year is a great time to assess your finances, gain control and stick to a new budget or saving plan. Taking control of your personal finances will allow you to save and prepare for unexpected expenses. Here are . . . → Read More: New Year’s Resolutions — For Your Wallet!

10 Timely Tax Time Tips

The income tax filing season has begun and important tax documents should be arriving in your mailbox. Although your return is not due until April 15, you can make tax time easier on yourself with an early start. Here are 10 tips to help ensure a smooth tax-filing process.

1. Create a system for organizing tax documents . . . → Read More: 10 Timely Tax Time Tips

Save an extra $1,000 this year

The start of a new year is a great time to evaluate how your finances and make a savings plan. If your bank account isn’t where you’d like it to be, read on to find out how save an extra $1,000 this year.

As of February 1, there are 334 days left in 2013. A little math . . . → Read More: Save an extra $1,000 this year

Tips for Happier Holiday Shopping

‘Tis the season for holiday shopping, and whether you plan to make your purchases at a local retailer, at a shopping mall or online, taking a few precautions can save you time, money and stress down the road. Follow these tips from the Iowa Attorney General’s office to help you have a safe and happy holiday . . . → Read More: Tips for Happier Holiday Shopping

How to Avoid a Holiday Hangover

With consumer sentiment the highest it’s been since the recession, shoppers are expected to open their wallets a bit wider this year. Will holiday spending leave shoppers in the red? Not if they plan wisely and use some common sense tips. Simple planning can make the season more care-free and enjoyable when you know you’re in . . . → Read More: How to Avoid a Holiday Hangover

Dos and Don’ts of Credit

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DO know the power of credit. Lenders look at your credit history as an indication of your future financial behavior. By using credit wisely, you can build a good credit history — which may make it easier to get loans with low interest rates, rent an apartment, or purchase a car or home.

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End Summer by Starting a Money Lesson

There’s never been a better time to talk to your kids about money. Before the summer comes to an end and your children gear up to return to school, take time to share some financial insight. The best financial lessons are part of everyday experiences. Look for opportunities to talk about money, read books aloud and . . . → Read More: End Summer by Starting a Money Lesson