Financial Fundamentals Blog

How to Talk to your Kids about Money

  • Francesca Sacco
If you’re like most people, your financial education came from experiences – both good and bad. How your parents talked, acted and felt about money most likely rubbed off on you. If you want to help your children avoid the same problems you’ve experienced, and grow up with good money habits, check out these tips that will assist you in teaching them valuable money skills.

What is tax-related identity theft?

  • Admin
In 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reported that tax-related identity theft is on the decline. Even though its numbers are dropping, you should still be aware of it. With tax time rapidly approaching, let’s look at its signs and what you can do to protect yourself.

How to budget for a wedding

  • Beth Ann Tabak
The holiday season is one of the most popular times of the year to get engaged. In fact, 40 percent of proposals happen between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. If you’re one of those lucky couples, you’re probably asking yourself, “how do we pay for all of this?” Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with a few tips on how to create a wedding budget that won’t break the bank.

How to achieve your New Year’s financial goals

  • Beth Ann Tabak
The New Year is a great time to review and revamp your finances for a successful financial future. Here are a few ways that you can get started on achieving your financial goals.

Last-minute holiday shopping tips

  • Beth Ann Tabak
According to the National Retail Federation, 60 percent of holiday shoppers planned to begin their shopping in November. In case you’re not part of that statistic, here are a few helpful tips to wrapping up your shopping without going way over budget.
 

What are phishing, vishing and smishing?

  • Beth Ann Tabak
They might sound cute and clever, but phishing, vishing and smishing are anything but that. Let’s take a look at these common attempts to steal your personal information and how you can protect yourself.

Save on home energy costs

  • Beth Ann Tabak
Winter weather has a way of sneaking up with its snow, ice and chilling winds. However unwelcome it might be, it does serve as a helpful reminder to check in on your home energy usage. Considering that the average American family spends more than $2,000 each year on utilities – with a good portion of that cost wasted energy – an energy audit can help you confirm that you’re getting the most bang for your buck.
 
Here are a few easy ways that you can make a difference in your energy costs.
 

Fraud Watch: Holiday Scams to Avoid

  • Beth Ann Tabak
The National Retail Foundation (NRF) estimates that America’s retail sales are set to hit between $717 billion and $720 billion this Holiday season. It’s prime shopping season not just for those who want to make the season joyous for their friends and family, but also for those fraudsters looking to take advantage of the giving spirit. Here’s what to keep your eye on as the Holidays approach.
 

A quick guide to surviving the Holidays

  • Beth Ann Tabak
We’re so close to Thanksgiving, which means that the Holiday season is upon us. For a lot of us, the most wonderful time of the year can feel overwhelming as the shopping, parties, baking, decorating, and general spending can take on a life of their own. With some help from KOFE (Knowledge of Financial Education), here are a few tips to put yourself back in charge during the Holidays to make sure that you start the New Year on the right financial foot.

Money-saving tips for a fruitful Thanksgiving

  • Beth Ann Tabak
Thanksgiving is a time to rest, to spend time with friends and family and to, well, give thanks. To make that a little easier this year, we’ve put together a few tips to help you save money while shopping for Thanksgiving dinner.

A basic guide to automating your financial life

  • Beth Ann Tabak
Using digital banking options and automating your financial life can save you time, money, and the general stress of worrying about whether your banking is handled from day to day. Here are a few tips to how you can save yourself some headaches by putting your finances on autopilot.

Protect yourself from financial aid scams

  • Beth Ann Tabak
With the recent release of the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), millions of students and their parents are starting the search for next year’s college financial aid, making them susceptible to scammers. Navigating the world of college financial aid is not an easy task. Making it even more difficult are those out there willing to take advantage of you.