The end of each year brings a time for reflection and renewal, and this is especially valuable when it comes to personal finance. As the year 2010 comes to a close, are you better off financially than you were on January 1 of this year? What would you like to do differently so that your finances are in better shape at the end of 2011? Here are a few things you can do by the end of the year to improve your financial position for 2011.
The new year is quickly approaching, but there’s still time to get your personal finances in order. Act quickly though, as there are some financial perks in 2010 that will go away or change in 2011. Certified Financial Planner John D. Buerger covers what those perks are and how you can take advantage.
Historically, Americans aren’t big savers. Pile on top a global recession, lost jobs and wage cuts, saving for the future is challenging. But saving for retirement AND your child’s college education? That may seem downright impossible. We help you prioritize and offer suggestions about how to make the most of your money so you can save for all of life’s biggest events.
Autumn signals the beginning of college preparation season, where parents and their high school students gather information about potential college choices, prepare essays and applications, and of course, consider how to pay for it all. Mention college-planning to parents and their first thought is usually how to get (more) financial aid. Find out what financial aid actually means, how it doesn’t always cover all expenses and why you should consider financial aid planning, from Certified Financial Planner Kevin Worthley.
If you’ve ever considered seeking financial advice from a professional, make sure you know the score. Some financial advisors may claim to offer free or low-cost services, but someone is always footing the bill – and that someone may have motivations and conditions of his own. Here’s the real truth about financial advice.
When Jennifer and Rob came to my office, they were desperate and despondent. With three young children and a boatload of credit card debt, they felt they were helpless to improve their life. They had tried to change their free-spending ways, but felt like failures, adrift, fighting against the current of continual financial stress. If you’ve ever felt the weight of financial stress, try the GAT method before money ruins your life. Certified Financial Planner®, Tammy Kraig, explains how this works.
It’s no secret that money can cause major problems in an intimate relationship. Tackle your money problems and you may just find your love life improves as well. Certified Financial Planner®, Gelasia Steed, dishes on how to create a budget planner that will suit both you and your partner, and leave you with more time to enjoy each other.