Posts Tagged ‘budgeting’
Understanding your debt-to-income ratio
Have you ever applied for a loan and been told that your debt-to-income ratio was too high? You may have wondered what that meant. Your debt-to-income ratio is the portion of your income that goes to debt payment, and it is a key component of creditworthiness. Lenders consider debt-to-income ratio along with credit score when…Read More
10 money moves to make before you have a baby
Ready to pick baby names while wondering which color baby booties you’ll need? (Neutral, everyone says go with neutral.) Exciting and life-changing times are ahead! You’re going to have fun decorating the nursery and sharing the good news with everyone. But the next nine months are also important for getting your finances in order. Studies…Read More
Strategies to Make College More Affordable
With the price of higher education still on an upward trajectory, families are looking for ways to make college more affordable. According to “How America Pays for College,” a report by Sallie Mae, the average American family spent $23,757 on college costs in 2017, which is a 38 percent increase over 10 years ago. Here…Read More
What is your net worth and why does it matter?
Net worth is pretty simple – it is what you own minus what you owe. Some people say you shouldn’t include the equity in your primary residence, your household goods or your vehicles. Others say go ahead and include them. You can decide – that’s your choice. In its most basic form, your net worth…Read More
Your first paycheck, and what you should know
It’s a rite of passage into adulthood – your first paycheck. It doesn’t matter whether you are a teen with an after school job or a recent college graduate, you first paycheck always seems to have some surprises. Here is a brief review of the important information on the statement of your first paycheck, and…Read More
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