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In 2015, a study conducted by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling found that about ¼ of adults, largely between the ages of 18 – 34, miss paying their bills on time. The study did not look at reasons why this is the case, but chances are that organization (and lack of it) played a..

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We’re smack in the middle of National Consumer Protection Week. As a fellow consumer, daily money manager, and professional organizer, protecting consumers is hugely important to me. There are many resources available to consumers to help ensure you’re safe from scams, fraud, and other nefarious plots. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Alerts Sign up for the..

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These are busy times and online shopping is convenient. You can price match and shop around numerous stores in minutes compared to the time it takes driving around to brick and mortar shops. With that convenience, we often buy without thinking it through. Here are some tips to rein in that impulse spending. Remove Shopping..

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With my youngest starting college this year, I’m all too aware of the emotions surrounding making college payments and student debt. While I’m incredibly proud of both of them for all they continue to achieve, my bank account and I have been on better terms. It seems that institutions of higher learning have been paying..

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Every budget has both needs and wants. Understanding the difference between the two and how to appropriately budget for each is key to financial freedom. Financial Needs Needs, as the name implies, are essential expenses for you to be able to live and work. They recur on a regular basis and likely take up a..

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Before I dive into how I help you, let me be clear – I’m not a financial planner. I don’t manage investments. What I do, at the core of it, is help you regain control of your financial documents. Why People Call Me? Usually, someone calls me because they realize they’re not keeping up with..

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As you know, your credit score determines your access to loans for things like cars, homes, and education. Anyone with a score of 750 or higher is considered to have excellent credit, while a score of 600 or less is considered poor. Don’t worry if you’re not in that 750 or above group. There are..

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Whether you’ve just started thinking about saving for retirement or having been saving enough, you can ramp up your efforts and still put aside enough to retire. There are five specific steps you should take to start increasing your retirement savings today. 1. Max Out Your Contributions People younger than 50 can contribute up to..

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Most college students are living on student loans, and/or money earned from a low-paying part-time job. In a 2018 survey by Goldrik-Rab, more than 1/3 of the more than 20,000 students who participated said they were either food insecure or had limited access to food in the preceding 30 days. In addition, 36% of those..

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You’ve heard the horror stories about identity theft destroying people’s credit, or worse. Although it’s sad such crimes are so common, there are ways you can protect yourself – and that doesn’t mean hiding your money under the mattress or making all purchases in cash. Try these highly effective steps instead. 1. Protect Your Social..