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Financial Advice Keeping You Broke & In Debt

Arlington
The post Financial Advice Keeping You Broke & In Debt appeared first on Penny Pinchin' Mom. Financial advice is great – when it is the right type of advice.  There are tips and strategies that can make you money.  However, there is also a lot of advice that will do nothing but keep you broke and in debt.  These are things you don’t want to listen to. I remember when I was younger, my mom told me that I had to get a credit card because it would be important for any emergencies which came my way.  I followed her advice and got a credit card. And, wouldn’t you know it, the first time I used it was for an emergency. Or, what I thought was an emergency. I woke one snowy morning and someone had hit my car — and fled. No note on my windshield.  Just a dented...

7 Money Steps to Take Before 2021

Financial Planning, Laredo, Personal Finance
With the end of the year rapidly approaching, it’s a good time to take stock of your financial situation as you head into 2021. 2020 has been a strange year, and a difficult year for many people. With many people’s health and/or economic livelihoods affected by COVID-19, many people’s situation looks very different than it did back in January. As we head into a new year, here are a few things that you can do to improve your finances before the end of 2020. #1 Put at least $1000 into an emergency fund If you don’t have an emergency fund set up to handle unexpected expenses, that is a good first step to putting yourself on a solid financial footing. $1000 may not be enough to handle every possible thing that could go wrong, but it can be enough to handle your car breaking down or an ...

Affording a Second Child: How to Make Your Budget Work

Budgeting, Family Finance, San Antonio
Having kids is anything but cheap. According to the USDA, families can expect to spend an average of $233,610 raising a child born in 2015 through age 17—and that’s not including the cost of college. The cost of raising a child has also increased since your parents were budgeting for kids. Between 2000 and 2010, for example, the cost of having children increased by 40 percent. If you’ve had your first child, you understand—from diapers to day care to future extracurricular activities, you know how it all adds up. You’ve already learned how to adjust your budget for baby number one. How hard can it be repeating the process a second time? While you may feel like a parenting pro, overlooking tips to prepare financially for a second child could be bad news for your bank a...

Guide to Managing Finances for Deploying Service Members

San Antonio
Life in the military offers some distinct experiences compared to civilian life, and that includes your budget and finances. The pre-deployment process can feel overwhelming, especially when you’re organizing your money and bills.  It’s important you provide your family with everything they need to keep you and any dependents comfortable and stable. This means gathering paperwork, making phone calls to service providers, creating new budgets, and organizing your estate. The more you prepare ahead of time, the less you have to worry about the state of your investments and finances when you return home.  To help make the process easier, we’ve gathered everything you need to know for deployment finances. Read on or jump to a specific category below: Pre-Deployment Needs Review Your E...