Go to Top

Blog Archives

A 5-Step Guide to Merging Finances After the Wedding

You’ve tied the knot and returned from your honeymoon – what a whirlwind! Congratulations on joining your lives; now, it’s time to do the same with your finances.   It’s well-known that money is one of the most common hindrances on marriage. We know you’re going to do just fine and live a happy life together – so instead of discussing what can go wrong, let’s talk about what you …Read More

Should I Buy a Home Before Paying Off My Student Loans? Five Factors to Consider

Americans owe more than $1.48 trillion in student loan debt, according to Student Loan Hero. That sum is the result of 44 million borrowers or roughly two-thirds of students graduating from four-year colleges. Many people in their 20s and 30s with student loan debt wonder whether they can or should buy a home while they are still in debt. Some find they are perfectly capable, while others realize they are …Read More

How Student Loans and Paying Them Off Affect Your Credit Score

Student loan debt is becoming almost commonplace in America. According to the Student Loan Report, approximately 70 percent of college students in 2018 have student loans, with an average of $27,975 in debt per borrower. I’m not going to go further into the statistics; the more important topic to discuss is the impact that these loans have on each and every borrower, including the potentially surprising outcome of paying off …Read More

Winterizing Your Home On A Budget

People living on a budget might not take extra steps to winterize their homes, figuring they can’t afford it. But many winterization options are free or very inexpensive, and save a lot of money on heating bills. Don’t let a tight budget prevent you from winterizing every year.   Free things you can do Insulate leaky doors with a towel. Roll up a towel and place across the bottom of …Read More

Tips to Settle Credit Card Debt

Settling debts is not easy. Many individuals ask us for tips to settle credit card debt. Settling your debts may be possible when a verifiable hardship exists, such as medical problems, unemployment, underemployment, divorce, or death of a family member. Recent credit card debt is more difficult to settle than other kinds of debt (medical debts in particular are generally a good candidate for settlement).   The customer service representative …Read More

Tips and Ideas for Budgeting for Summer Fun

Part of the credit counseling process is creating a budget that works. It’s important to take into account everything that one spends and keep it in mind when budgeting. That means keeping your budget flexible for different times of year. Summer is the time when families look to get away, spend time outdoors, and keep the kids’ minds engaged until they go back to school. Here are some quick tips …Read More

How Military Service Members and their Spouses can Access Debt Relief

There are many protections for military service members and their spouses, chiefly under the SCRA (Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act), but it’s important that the military personnel who need these benefits take the proper steps to guarantee their rights are protected. In particular, service members gain special protections while on active duty. They (or their spouses) can’t be evicted, foreclosed upon, or otherwise forced to sell their home. Debt interest rates …Read More