Category archives for: Finance

5 simple ways to stay connected as a family on a budget

(BPT) – School’s out, summer’s here and the family is ready for some fun-in-the-sun memory making! It’s the perfect time to bond, catch up and enjoy the slower pace of the season. However, with fun on the brain, it’s easy to find yourself dipping into pockets a bit more for ice cream treats and new […]

How the state you live in affects your college savings strategy

(BPT) – The cost of a four-year college degree now hovers around the $ 100,000 mark, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics. While high college costs seem universal these days, college savings strategies are far from a one-size-fits-all. Many factors influence how you’ll save for college, including your children’s ages when […]

3 tips to save money every wedding guest should know

(BPT) – Wedding season fills summer weekends with nuptials, and while we enjoy celebrating the bride and groom, all the “something borrowed and something blue” adds up to some serious green. In fact, a new survey from Bankrate.com (April 2017) found that nearly half of those surveyed — 47 percent — will spend $ 100 […]

5 big changes for today’s small businesses

(BPT) – A generation ago, the notion of a small business owner meant something very different. You pictured a person who owned their own storefront, often named after themselves, and every day they were the first to arrive and the last to leave. They worked tirelessly for their customers, and their reward was enjoying those […]

5 essential soft skills for a job interview

(BPT) – Picture this: After months of networking and polishing your resume, you managed to make the necessary connections, get in front of the right people and land an interview. You deserve to be here. After all, you have an impressive background, great experience, fantastic references and are confident you can exceed the requirements of […]

5 tips to find the financial advisor to match your retirement goals

(BPT) – The idea of retirement may start out as a distant dream. You have hopes and plans for that special time that seems so far away. Sooner or later that time will be here and hopefully you’ll be ready. However, recent research shows many people are not prepared to enjoy a financially stable retirement. […]

4 simple ways to stay productive and conquer your to-do list

(BPT) – Did you know that in an average week, 75 percent of Americans skip doing something for themselves because they didn’t adequately plan or allow enough time for it? Does looking at your to-do list feel so daunting that it discourages you from making any progress at all? You’re not alone. A new Post-it […]

Ready to start saving? Sometimes the best rates can be found across state lines

(BPT) – With interest rates on the rise, now is a great time to start saving. Whether you want to put away money for a large purchase — such as a down payment on a new home or to purchase a vehicle — or you need a secure way to generate a return on money […]

Get extra money all year: Tips to adjust your tax withholdings

(BPT) – Every year, nearly eight out of 10 taxpayers receive a federal tax refund. Many of them are more than happy to see that “extra” money drop into their bank accounts. In fact, according to a recent TaxAct survey, 61 percent of tax filers said they’d rather receive a big refund than a larger […]

6 pet-related businesses you can start today

(BPT) – Starting your own business can nurture your entrepreneurial spirit, earn you some money and give you the opportunity to spend more time with your family – including your pets. So what job can you do that doesn’t necessarily require a degree, affords you time flexibility, is in a growing industry and will be […]

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