4 Easy Ways to Avoid Overdraft Fees

Most of us have been there at some point in our lives: we lose track of our bank account balance and overspend. Suddenly, we’re unable to avoid costly overdraft fees. When we are using that handy debit card to go grocery shopping, fund those one-click purchases on our Amazon account, and pay bills over the […]


Flood Insurance: Are You Sure Your Home Is Covered?

I’ve been talking with my insurance agent over the past few weeks about flood insurance. It may not be the most exciting topic, but I’m always interested in insuring against those events that could totally destroy our home. As part of my research, I found a great government resource about flood insurance that I’ll share […]


How Much Life Insurance Do You Really Need?

When my wife and I first had children, one of the big questions I asked was a familiar one: How much life insurance do I need? While nobody likes to think of their own demise, it’s prudent to consider what financial ramifications your death could have on those you leave behind. It gives me tremendous […]


The 9 Best Investment Strategies for Short Term Savings Goals

It’s a common problem. You’ve got some cash in a savings account earning a paltry 0.01%. You plan to spend it to buy a home or a car or something else in a few years. How can you invest the money until then to earn some extra interest? Table of Contents What is a Short Term […]


How to Refinance Absolutely Any Debt

When most people hear the word “refinance,” they automatically think “mortgage.” You, too? It’s not unusual, since mortgage refinancing is the most common type of refinancing talked about online and elsewhere. There’s a reason for that: refinancing your mortgage can save you big money, even if you’re only saving a fraction of a percent on […]


A Review of Mint.com For Your Budgeting Needs

I‘ve been a long time user of Mint.com. If you’re not familiar with Mint, it is a free online personal budgeting tool that allows you to see your whole financial life in one place. Whether it’s checking, savings, credit cards, PayPal, investments, retirement accounts or many other personal finance accounts, Mint.com is your one stop […]