“Treat yourself” and “YOLO” (you only live once) have become popular mantras to justify all kinds of discretionary spending. But how can you splurge on yourself without feeling guilty? Or worse, wiping out your bank account in the process? Consider these five tips for smart splurges.
Youth sports teams encourage physical fitness, teamwork, communication and self-confidence. But they often come with a hefty price tag. In fact, a survey of more than 250 parents who use TeamSnap, a team and activity management service, found that the largest portion of respondents pay between $3,000 and $5,000 for youth sports each year, with […]
Halloween evokes spooky images of ghosts and goblins. These specters may not be visible to the eye, but rumor has it, their eerie presence can be felt. Similarly, so-called “phantom income” is money that you don’t actually pocket, but the IRS still treats those funds as taxable income. Nobody likes getting a larger than expected […]
Ever kick yourself for not planning ahead financially or for making purchases you later regretted? You’re not alone. It’s easy to make a few missteps when you’re first starting out and still learning how to stick to a budget. Although there are a few things other generations can learn from Millennials, here’s a look at […]
Generation Y has been called lazy, entitled know-it-alls. But the harsh reality is that this generation also graduated into one of the toughest job markets with some of the highest student loan debt, so they’ve had to be scrappy to find their financial footing in an uncertain economic climate. As a result, today’s twenty and […]
Everyone has an opinion about money and how it should be spent. Ever hear that you should avoid debt at all costs? Or that home ownership should be your ultimate financial goal? Well, those are common beliefs, but they aren’t necessarily true for everyone. Here, we look at five all too common money myths.
Are you among the millions of Americans who piece together a living by freelancing, contracting, or running side hustles? The so-called “gig economy” has shed light on a growing class of workers who don’t collect a steady, guaranteed paycheck from a single employer. Perhaps they run an Etsy shop while bartending on weekends. They might […]
As a new crop of college graduates enter the real world following graduation season, many of them will be new to renting apartments and paying their own credit card bills for the first time. In reflecting on the months following my own graduation and entrance into the working world, here’s what I’d tell my younger […]
Have you ever checked your bank balance partway through the month and wondered where all your money went? Spending as much money (or more) than you make each month won’t lead to long-term financial security, but many people do it. If you consistently struggle to cover your bills each month, then a solution might be […]