5 Tips For Your First Spring Break On A Budget

Student Money Tips

spring break on a budget

It’s your first spring break and you’re totally psyched! But that doesn’t mean you need to break the bank. Have yourself an awesome time without blowing your budget by following these five spring break tips. Check your school for discounts and help Lots of colleges offer on-campus travel agents who can help you plan your vacation right by snagging the …

Don’t Get Caught In A Crowdfunding Scam

Security and Scams

Crowdfunding scam

The days of handouts and begging loans off wealthy relatives are fast becoming extinct. Today, if you need boatloads of money—whether it’s to help you cover an expensive emergency or to fund a new business idea—you only need to appeal to the vast audience of the internet and wait for the money to start rolling in. Crowdfunding platforms like GoFundMe, …

Tax Code Changes 2019

Personal Finances

tax code changes

The annual tax code changes can be confusing. No worries, though; we’ll walk you through everything you need to know for 2019. Though most changes won’t take effect until April 2019, some of them can impact the financial choices you’ll make this year. For that reason, here’s the details on the most important tax changes. 1.) Changes to the amounts …

Tax Scams 2019

Security and Scams

2019 Tax Scams

Each year, the IRS publishes the “Dirty Dozen,” a list of 12 scams that are rampant during that year’s tax season. This year, the IRS is cautioning taxpayers to be extra vigilant because of a 60% increase in email phishing scams over the past year. This is particularly disheartening, since it comes on the heels of a steady decline in …

7 Reasons Not To Skip A Home Inspection

For the Home

home-inspection-blog

Shopping for a new home can be an exciting blur of listings, neighborhood scouting and open houses. There’s so much to consider! You want a house in the perfect neighborhood with that gorgeous kitchen and great yard, all within your budget. And then, it all finally comes together and you think you’ve found your dream home. But don’t go “under …

The Ultimate Guide to Your First Apartment

For the Home

first-apartment-blog

If you’re in the market for your first apartment, you may be feeling a little lost—and more than a little overwhelmed. How do you get started? What should you be looking for in an apartment? How do you check out a building? So many questions, and we’ve got answers! Let us walk you through the apartment-hunting process from start to …

Why Do I Spend So Much When Shopping Online?

Personal Finances

Amazon Boxes

Both online and in-store shopping can tempt you to overspend, but the internet is particularly designed to help you lose track of your dollars. More and more people are choosing to hit the web instead of the mall. The internet definitely wins for convenience. Plus, you get to shop in your PJs. Can it get better than that? Shopping the …

6 Mistakes People Make In Their 20s And How To Fix Them

Personal Finances

6 Mistakes People Make In Their 20s And How To Fix Them

Have the irresponsible financial decisions you’ve made while in your 20s left you with piles of debt and other repercussions? Here are six of the most common mistakes people make while in their 20s and how to fix them: 1.) The mistake: Racking up credit card debt When all of life’s pleasures are just a swipe away, it’s easy to …

Don’t Fall “Fur” Pet Scams

Security and Scams

Pet Scams

This holiday season you’re looking for a furry new friend.  The online ad you’ve seen makes you believe that dream is well within reach—as well as within your budget! Before you start stocking up on doggy biscuits, though, take a big step back. The internet is full of pet scams targeting future pet owners. What are Pet Scams? Pet scams …

Help Protect Your Identity With a Free Credit Report Freeze

Security and Scams

Credit Freeze

Consumers no longer have to pay to use an important tool to help protect their identity. As of September 21, 2018, freezing your credit report at the three major credit reporting agencies is now free. Previously, a consumer had to pay a fee to freeze and unfreeze their credit report. Freezing your credit reports makes it harder for criminals to …