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When should my child get a debit card?

Youth Debit Card

Getting your child a checking account with a debit card is a good idea at some point, but when do you know the right time?  Here’s what to look for.

The mortgage application process: Get Pre-approved Before You Look

mortgage application process

Looking at houses before you get pre-approved for a mortgage is like picking out your first car before you get your drivers license. It just doesn't make much sense.

When should my child open a checking account?

Kids Checking Account

My kids got theirs at age seven! But as a teacher of personal financial management, I am a bit fanatical about educating my children. Here are some things to consider when deciding when to open a checking account for your children.

Mortgage Application Process - When shouldn't I apply?

Rent or Own

Buying a home is probably the largest purchase you’ll ever make. It may be the most exciting, too. But sometimes it is better to rent.  How do you know which is better for you - renting or buying?

Enjoy Spring Break Without Breaking the Bank

Spring Break

What better way to shake off the cold of winter than a spring vacation? Unfortunately, the high price of gasoline (at $3.60 a gallon for April 9) and other travel costs can leave many a family thinking a trip during the spring is unaffordable. But it does not have to be. The following inexpensive spring break ideas can help you and your family enjoy a break without breaking the bank.

Why complete your mortgage application online?

Mortgage Application Process

What are some of the things you hate doing most? Running errands? Waiting for customer service help? Forgetting necessary paperwork? All three are on my frustration list, which is why I like doing as many things as I can from the comfort of my home.

Tips for the first time tax filer.

first time tax filer

First time, huh? We feel your pain. Actually, if this is your first year to file income taxes, the anticipation will likely be much worse than the reality. Thing is, you’ll probably be getting a refund – money back – for your trouble. That’s something not many of the rest us can expect. Here's what you need to know as a first time tax filer.

Purchase your mortgage - concluding the Mortgage Application Process

Mortgage Application Process

Picking out a new home can be a fun process. Going to open houses, sorting through online “For Sale” listings and looking at a variety of homes encourages you to imagine what your next home might look like. But there’s also a very serious side of the home buying process, and that’s purchasing your mortgage.

The best way to choose a charity.


Deciding to make a donation to a charity is not only a great cause, it’s also a great way to save a little bit of money on your taxes, since you can write off charitable donations. However, don't just donate to the first charity you find in order to receive a tax write off. You should find a cause that you believe in and that truly excites you. This may involve doing some research and soul searching in order to find the right charity for you.

Finding a new home: the fun part of the mortgage application process

House Hunting

When I’m looking for a new home (I bought five in 10 years; lots of job transfers), I very often get a gut reaction as soon as I walk in a house: “Yes, I can totally see myself living here” or “Not for me! I don’t even need to see the rest of the house.” While these feelings are important, you’ve really got to use your head more than your heart when choosing a new home.

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