Getting Your Finances In Order

Directions Financial Solutions

Congratulations! You’ve made the important decision to invest some of your finances this year, and it’s your first time ever. But where do you start? Jumping into the market without first taking careful stock of your finances is like asking for seconds at the dinner table before finishing your first portion. Though you can technically invest before your debts are …

Personal Loan: The Swiss Army Knife Of Personal Finance

Personal Finances

Sometimes life throws expensive surprises. To cover them, you’ll need to borrow. If you’re borrowing to finance one of these costly events, consider a personal loan. 1.) Weddings. When it’s time to get married, the wedding is on – there’s no waiting for funds! The average wedding costs over $30,000, too much for one credit card, and the interest would …

Credit Card Or Debit Card – What’s The Smartest Swipe?

Personal Finances

Most people own at least one debit card and at least one credit card. Although it may not seem like it, there are many differences between the two. Each time you use a credit card, you’re borrowing money. You’ll need to pay that money back to the credit union along with interest. A debit card, on the other hand, simply …

Don’t Sleep On Your Savings: Avoiding Dormant Accounts

Personal Finances

The best things to do with a savings account is to forget about it and let it earn dividends. However, don’t forget about it so long that it becomes dormant. A dormant savings account is one with a low balance that has had no deposits in a while. Exact criteria varies by state. Generally, accounts with less than $50 that …

Time Is Money: How To Calculate Your Wage For Savings

Personal Finances

Exchanging time for money is a primary economic activity. It underscores every transaction. You go to work and trade your time and labor for a salary. You’re tired on the way home, so instead of cooking, you exchange money for the time and energy of a fast-food worker. You want to go out to dinner with your partner, so you …

Share Savings Certificates: How To Keep Your Money Spinning

Personal Finances

Share Savings Certificates are an excellent savings option. First of all, they’re NCUA-insured.  Second, they have a better dividend rate than a savings account.  And, generally speaking, they’re safer than the stock market. But, before you lock up your money, answer these questions: 1.) What am I saving for? If you’re saving for a rainy day, you’ll need the flexibility …

4 Home Improvement Projects With High Long-Term Return

For the Home

When you’re making improvements to your home, you’re not just making your life better in the short term. You’re also making an investment in your future. Ideally, the increase in the value of your home will exceed the cost of the improvement projects. However, it seldom works out like that. The most efficient home improvements don’t pay for themselves immediately.  When …

7 Ways To Stop Worrying About Debt And Love Your Mortgage

For the Home

Debt is the wealth killer. Debt is the single greatest threat to your retirement planning, college savings, and financial independence. Except, as it turns out, there is one kind of debt that defies all of these rules: mortgages. The money you owe on real property can be a boom to your financial independence in a lot of ways. Let’s talk …

Which Is Right For Me: Adjustable Or Fixed-Rate Mortgage Loan?

For the Home

The choice of which mortgage loan to go with starts with a simple question: fixed-rate or adjustable? There are many different terms, points, and rates associated with each, but narrowing your search to a category simplifies the process. Fixed-rate mortgages are the more traditional choice. You and a lender agree to a length of time (or term) and an interest …

Private Mortgage Insurance – What You Need To Know

For the Home

Whether you’re a long-time homeowner or you’ve just started shopping for your dream house, you’ve seen stacks of papers full of acronyms. Buried amid the dense undergrowth of legalese are three letters that could be costing you more than you think. Be on the lookout for PMI: Private Mortgage Insurance. PMI in a nutshell Close your eyes and imagine yourself as …