Financial Fundamentals Blog

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.

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.

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.

Be ready: September is National Preparedness Month

  • Beth Ann Tabak
National Preparedness Month is four weeks designed to ready you for an emergency. And, it seems that both local and national weather is cooperating to remind you of what’s at stake if you don’t have a plan in place. Advanced planning can save you valuable time and money. From the financial to the practical, here are a few ways to make sure you are ready in an emergency.

How do I choose a checking account?

  • Beth Ann Tabak
A quick guide to finding the best checking account for you

Does your financial situation scare you?

  • Beth Ann Tabak
Does your financial situation scare you? You’re not alone; a recent study found that 36 percent of working Americans are considered “financially fragile.” Read on for some tips to put you on stronger financial footing.