Financial Fundamentals Blog

How to use your Economic Impact Payment Wisely

  • Francesca Sacco
The United States Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have begun to distribute economic impact payments to the majority of Americans in an effort to provide financial relief from the ongoing pandemic. Given the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, it’s best to make sure your using your payment wisely.

Don’t be Fooled by Deferred Interest

  • Francesca Sacco
Using a credit card may sound like a smart way to finance a large purchase, but if you’re not careful, you may be falling into a debt trap. Most retailers offer store-branded, deferred interest credit cards to appeal to buyers, but few consumers are aware of the pitfalls of deferred interest.

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.

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.

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.

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.
 

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.

A quick guide on how to pay for college

  • Beth Ann Tabak
It’s no secret that higher education comes with a hefty price tag. The College Board reported that the average annual cost of a public four-year college for in-state students is $9,410 while out-of-state students face $23,980. Those attending a private four-year college are looking at an average annual cost of $32,410. Just reading these numbers can be overwhelming, let alone figuring out how to pay for them.
 
The good news is that for many students college is not an out-of-pocket expense because of the many available avenues of financial aid. Here’s a few ways to figure out how to pay for college without going broke.  
 

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.

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.

Four tips to financially surviving a layoff

  • Beth Ann Tabak
How to keep it together during job loss

Four financial tips for new college grads

  • Beth Ann Tabak
Handle your new financial reality like a pro