5 End-of-Summer Money Tips

Another summer is coming to an end. Now that the hottest days, family vacations and back-t0-school rush are behind us, it’s a great time to give some attention to your personal finances. Prepare for the coming months — and the holidays on the horizon — with these end-of-summer tips.

Pay quarterly estimated taxes. If you’re self-employed or . . . → Read More: 5 End-of-Summer Money Tips

Help Your Child Start a Beginner Budget

Savings Jars

Create your own savings jars.

Savings Jars
Create your own savings jars.

For people of all ages, the best way to reach a savings goal is to start with a budget. A budget . . . → Read More: Help Your Child Start a Beginner Budget

Keep Your Money Safe on Vacation

Whether you’re looking forward to a summer vacation close to home, on the coast or across the pond, you’ve probably been busy planning all the details of your trip. But have you thought about ways you can keep your money safe while traveling?

Nothing can spoil a vacation faster than becoming the victim of a thief. Here . . . → Read More: Keep Your Money Safe on Vacation

Ideas for Affordable Summer Fun

It’s official: As of June 21, summer has arrived. Summer fun doesn’t have to cost a fortune and often the simplest things bring the most pleasure. Here are some ideas for you and your family to consider this summer.

Look for local events. From concerts to festivals, there are many ways to have fun without going great . . . → Read More: Ideas for Affordable Summer Fun

Plan Your Summer Vacation on a Budget

As the school year ends and the heat and humidity continue to rise, many Iowans are gearing up for this summer’s family vacation. Mountains or beach, on the road or in the air, there are steps you can take to save money this summer. So before you book your family’s tickets, consider these tips to help . . . → Read More: Plan Your Summer Vacation on a Budget

Tips to Teach Your Children About Money

As another school year comes to a close, the summer months provide a perfect opportunity for parents to proactively help their children establish a solid financial foundation. Each day presents all kinds of opportunities to talk with your children about spending money wisely and saving for financial goals. Parents can seize the teachable moments and turn them . . . → Read More: Tips to Teach Your Children About Money

Ways to Save this Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend offers a time for families and friends to gather together to enjoy each other’s company and to honor those who are serving and have served our country. Whether you’re traveling this weekend or hosting a cookout in your own backyard, here are some ways to save this Memorial Day weekend.

Traveling Tips
If you’re going . . . → Read More: Ways to Save this Memorial Day Weekend

5 Smart Ways to Use Your 2011 Tax Refund

Tax day has come and gone, and for many Americans, that means tax refunds are also on the way. If you’re expecting a refund this year, keep in mind that your refund isn’t really “free money” — in reality, Uncle Sam is paying you back for the interest-free loan that you provided during the year.

So, although . . . → Read More: 5 Smart Ways to Use Your 2011 Tax Refund

10 Money-Saving Tips for Spring

Spring has officially arrived! To celebrate the warmer weather and add some money to your pocketbook, here are a few tips to help you save some cash this spring:

Make a shopping list – and stick to it. Before you head to the store, make a list of the items you need and only buy the items . . . → Read More: 10 Money-Saving Tips for Spring

10 Timely Tax Season Tips

It’s coming soon…the deadline to file your taxes this year has been extended three days to Monday, April 18. The bonus days come thanks to Emancipation Day, a Washington, D.C., holiday that falls on Saturday, April 16, but is observed on April 15—thus prompting the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to extend the tax filing deadline to . . . → Read More: 10 Timely Tax Season Tips