Financial Fundamentals Blog

7 Tips for Building Net Worth Over Time

  • Francesca Sacco
  If you’re serious about building financial stability and long-term security, then you’re probably looking for ways to grow your net worth.   While a steady income is the root of all financial security, your net worth also reflects your ability to achieve long-term financial goals and overcome unforeseen financial obstacles....

7 Financial Lessons to Teach Your Kids

  • Francesca Sacco
  Parents have a lot of aspirations when choosing what lessons and skills they plan to teach their children. But if money management and other financial lessons aren’t near the top of that list, they should be.   Although children are too young to earn an income and pay their bills, childhood is a time when many financial...

How Debt Consolidation Affects Your Credit

  • Francesca Sacco
  When you find yourself swamped with debt and facing large monthly payments across multiple accounts, debt consolidation can become an attractive option to create short-term financial relief while also making a long-term plan for debt repayment.   Depending on how you approach debt consolidation, though, this financial relief...

6 Advantages Credit Unions Have over Banks, and Why You Should Join One

  • Francesca Sacco
 

Impulse buying: What it is and how to stop it

  • Francesca Sacco
We’ve all fallen for the temporary excitement of an impulse buy. Something catches your eye at the store or while you’re scrolling online and the next thing you know, it’s in your cart or on its way to your house.

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.