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Extreme Cover Letter Mistakes That May Be Costing You a Job Offer

By: Cindy Makita-Dodd Cover letters are the front page of your resume. Crafting a unique cover letter will serve to not only introduce you to the potential employer but also to help you build your case as a strong candidate for the role. In the online hiring world,...

5 Tips for Surviving Grey Divorce in Retirement

By: Michelle Petrowski Buonincontri, CFP®, CDFA A late-life divorce can wreak havoc on even the most well-thought-out retirement plan. You were happy “once upon a time” and planned a future…. Now you’re 55 and getting a divorce.  Or maybe you’re 60 or even in your...

DComply Vs. Venmo for Expense Sharing between Divorced Parents

By: Marco Munoz When we built DComply, we started with focus groups to ensure that we engineered a mobile app that solved a common and difficult problem for divorced co-parents. We overwhelmingly determined the issue was fact-based tracking and accounting of money and...

What Expenses You Can Eliminate in Retirement

By: Jen Smith Are you about to retire and worried about how you will manage expenses during your golden years? You’ll be happy to know your income might reduce after retirement! Today’s post is a guest post from Good Nelly at My Way of Viewing. We talk a lot about...

Finding Financial Health in a Pandemic-Changed World

By: Jessica Larson Financial issues have come to the forefront during the pandemic, a fact that’s even more true for women than for others. Worldwide, the pandemic is projected to widen the gender poverty gap, pushing more women than men into extreme poverty, with a...

Mindful Spending

By: Carrie Casden If you are like me, I won’t be sad to end 2020 and start 2021.  This year has been bananas!!  Now with the holidays upon us, we have a heightened desire for some sense of normalcy since we have been in such an extended period of restriction. ...

Reaching Financial Independence On Any Income

By: Nadia Busseuil The movement is gaining popularity, but the news still hasn’t reached the majority of women. F.I.R.E. is an acronym that stands for Financial Independence Retire Early. Even if retiring early is not your main agenda, the premise of F.I.R.E. can help...

How to Save Even When You Don’t Think You Can

By: Ashley Patrick Sometimes it can feel like the world is against us and no matter what we do, we can’t seem to get ahead. Every time we try to save money, something “pops” up that we didn’t think about or plan for. Even though it can feel like no matter what we do,...

First steps on how to overcome divorce or separation

By: Valery Danko With the recent pandemic we have seen a tremendous increase in divorces worldwide. The pandemic just outlined issues that existed a long time before. Therefore, I felt an urge to share this message NOW to support you, because I have been through...

3 Places to Save Money Around the Holidays

You know the holidays are right around the corner and you should begin your festive budgeting sooner rather than later for the next three months. However, if you’re like most of us, the prospect of limiting your spending the next few months can come as a bit of a...

6 Ways to Help Your Elderly Parents With Finances

By: Venessa Worthington Whatever age your parents are, it’s never too soon to begin talking with them about their finances. You want to be sure your parents are well taken care of, so it’s vital to check in with them on their money situation. Here are six ways to help...

After College: Strategies for Your College Finance Plan

By: Tom Melecki We’ve discussed why students and their families need College Finance Plans (CFPs) and summarized strategies to use in your CFP’s “Before College” and “During College” phases. Let’s review some “After College” strategies. Almost 70% of college graduates...

Why we should start taking identity theft more seriously

By: David Lukić A lot of people hear about identity theft in the news but still fail to take it seriously. It is one of those things that people assume won’t happen to them, but in the modern age people have to be incredibly careful. What is Identity Theft and Online...

Further Faster Financially

By: Daniel G. Mazzola A 2019 Federal Reserve survey reported 4 of 10 Americans do not have enough cash to cover an unexpected $400 expense.  The COVID-19 pandemic has made life difficult for people who have lost a job and are living from paycheck to paycheck,...

Roth IRA Conversions: The Time Is Now

By: Daniel G. Mazzola Early estimates peg the cost of the CARES Act, the package providing economic relief to Americans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, at $2 trillion.  The government has run itself into an immense debt to give its citizens assistance, and the...

Before and During College: Help Your Student Avoid Credit Card Traps

By: Tom Melecki There’s nothing inherently wrong with college students having credit cards. In fact, 56% of them posses at least one. But help your student beware of all those offers from banks and other credit card providers at this time of year. After all, a credit...

Your Budgeting Worksheet

Your Budgeting Worksheet

With this easy to use DIY budget worksheet you can start tracking your earnings and your spending, be mindful about your money and make better decisions that will lead to financial stability. Start gaining control by routinely checking back on just that one spreadsheet…and the best part is that your privacy is protected since the budgeting spreadsheet resides in your drive, so you don’t have to share any information with anyone.

The Power of Human Capital

By: Daniel G. Mazzola A week ago I found myself badly in need of a haircut.  Unwilling to drive to Georgia, I enlisted the aid of a friend whose experience in cutting hair was limited to styling her own.  I was nervous but desperate times call for desperate measures....

Seven Practical Tips to Manage Your Finances During the Covid 19 Crisis

Seven Practical Tips to Manage Your Finances During the Covid 19 Crisis

By: Aimee L. Richter Don’t put your head in the sand. Sit down and list your monthly expenses and then make an action plan. See the budgeting spreadsheet. Call your credit card company. Many companies are being extremely responsive to people’s financial issues. They...

5 Financial Decisions to Make When COVID-19 Is Over

By: Catherine Burke You do not know what lies in the future for you, and nobody knows the after-effect of the corona pandemic will last for how much time. Your office may offer you a salary-cut, hour-cut from office duty, and God forbid you may face a job loss too.If...

Debt and Divorce: How You Can Get a Fresh Start

By: Veronica BaxterYou have decided to divorce, but before you finalize the property settlement agreement, make sure you know your rights and responsibilities regarding your debt, your ex’s debt, and your joint debt. Don’t be left holding the bag! Here are some...

Gathering and Leveraging Resources

by Elisa BalabramCurrently most if not all humans are facing stress, some are sick, some are overworked, some are unemployed, some businesses are closed or might close, some parents are homeschooling their kids unintendedly, some are mourning loved ones, some are...

Education Tax Credits: AOTC

Education Tax Credits: AOTC

by Ann GarciaCurrently two tax credits exist to help defray higher education expenses, the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) and the Lifetime Learning Credit. Each is slightly different but for most families, the AOTC is the most beneficial.The...

EFC Formula Guide 2020-2021 & FAFSA Basics

EFC Formula Guide 2020-2021 & FAFSA Basics

by Ann GarciaLast week, the Department of Education released the FAFSA Formula Guide for the coming FAFSA. Before I give you that link, I want to share some basics about the FAFSA. I’ll also break out each section of it in depth in the coming weeks– hopefully before...