Financial Fundamentals Blog

How to fund your home improvement projects

  • Francesca Sacco
Spring is the perfect time to refresh your home. But financing your home renovation project – whether it’s a massive overhaul or some quick fixes – depends on your situation. If your bank account leaves you with little option, don’t give up on your plans before doing your research.

Should you use your emergency fund during the pandemic?

  • Francesca Sacco
COVID-19 has caused financial problems for millions of Americans, and while the local economy is starting to operate again, many people are still in a financial pinch. If you’ve started an emergency fund, you may have begun to dip into it. But before you drain that account, consider some alternatives. We’ve compiled a list to help you weigh your options before using/draining your emergency fund.

Budget-Friendly Valentine’s Day Ideas

  • Francesca Sacco
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and with it, the reminder that you should shower your loved ones with lavish gifts. But expressing your love doesn’t mean emptying your wallet. You can still make romantic or thoughtful gestures without breaking the bank.

Start the New Year with a Clean Financial Slate

  • Francesca Sacco
January is right around the corner, and the New Year is the perfect time to focus on your goals. Make 2020 the year you address your financial goals. Regardless if you want to save more, improve your credit score or pay down debt, we’ve compiled a list of tips to help you start the New Year with a clean financial slate.

Tips for Relief from Financial Stress

  • Francesca Sacco
78% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. Watching your bank account dwindle while the bills pile up can take a hefty toll on all aspects of your life. Before you let financial stress consume you, check out these tips for relief.

Tips to Prepare your Budget for the Holiday Season

  • Francesca Sacco
The holidays are right around the corner, and for some, that means added stress about finances. With less than 90 days until Christmas, there’s still time to start planning so you can worry less and focus on what really matters.

Save on Back-to-School Shopping with these Tips

  • Francesca Sacco
August is here, which means the start of school is right around the corner! Start planning your back-to-school shopping now to avoid unnecessary stress and spending.

Don’t let your next Vacation leave you with Debt

  • Francesca Sacco
Summer is officially here, which means families across the United States are preparing to go on vacation. While vacations are great way to spend quality time with loved ones and to unwind, the credit card bills that accumulate afterwards can sour memories of the trip.

Take the time to plan a vacation that will leave you with good memories instead of debt. Here are some tips to keep in mind while planning.
 

Tips for Recent College Grads to Avoid Common Financial Pitfalls

  • Francesca Sacco
Congratulations! Your hard work has paid off. Diploma in hand, you’re ready to tackle the next phrase of your life.

But the joy of graduating from college can quickly fade once graduates begin to grasp their new-found responsibilities, especially when it comes to their financial future. Navigating rent, a car payment, insurance, cable and groceries can be overwhelming. Throw student loan payments and other financial burdens into the mix, and it can be downright frightening.

The worst thing recent grads can do is to start using credit cards to help them maintain their lifestyle. The average college grad owes $4,100 on credit cards at the time of graduation. Not including student loans. Roughly 69% of graduates took out student loans and owe an average of $29,800 in federal and private debt.
 

Spring is the perfect time to give yourself a fresh financial start

  • Francesca Sacco
Winter is full of spending habits that can deter you from your financial goals, so spring is the perfect time to clean up your monthly budget. Start small by tidying up your financial paperwork or reviewing your monthly spending habits. Don’t have a budget? Well then spring is the perfect time to give yourself a fresh financial start. Unsure where to begin? Let 7 17 Retirement & Investment Group help you reach your financial goals with tips to create a monthly budget.

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.