• Dreaming of a debt-free Christmas?

    Published Friday, December 5, 2014

    Ever wondered if you could spread holiday cheer without accumulating a pile of debt? It’s not easy, and it does require more than just believing in miracles, but it certainly can be done. Giving the perfect gift to everyone on your list without going into debt takes thoughtful planning, a bit of creativity, and a good amount of discipline. Here are more»
  • Understanding the Basics of Investing

    Published Thursday, November 6, 2014

    If you’re in the beginning stages of thinking about how to invest, what to invest, where to invest and when to invest, you’re probably a little overwhelmed. That’s perfectly normal. There are a lot of options when it comes to using your money to increase your wealth. First, before discussing those options, it’s important to more»
  • Leaving a Legacy of Financial Fitness

    Published Thursday, October 16, 2014

    If you’re a parent, you’ve probably dreamed about passing many things on to your children. Whether it’s your core value and belief system, your strong work ethic, or your passion for 19th century impressionist artwork, you want to leave them with at least a small part of you. Here’s something else you’ll want to pass down to more»
  • Back to School Without Breaking the Bank

    Published Monday, August 11, 2014

    It’s that time of year again when summer winds down and both you and your kids gear up for back-to-school shopping. According to the National Retail Federation, families with school-age children spent an estimated $635.00 on back-to-school supplies, clothing, shoes and electronics last year. That’s a lot of money. Before you take out a second more»
  • Planning for a Sound Financial Future

    Published Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    Regardless of your age or where you are along the path of your life, one thing is certain—you are constantly moving toward your future. And if you want those years ahead to be as comfortable as possible, then now’s the time to implement a solid financial plan. Make the Plan Creating a financial plan requires a close look at your current more»
  • Millennials Struggling With Debt, Financial Literacy

    Published Tuesday, May 27, 2014

    MADISON, Wis. — Millennials are struggling with debt, monthly payments and understanding financial offerings, according to a new study from the Filene Research Institute. The report, Gen Y Personal Finances: A Crisis of Confidence and Capability, paints a picture of the typical Millennial having a significant amount of debt and struggling to meet more»
  • A Road Map to Retirement Planning

    Published Thursday, February 13, 2014

    Whether retirement is right around the corner or many miles ahead, financial security should be waiting to greet you when you reach your destination. Preparing for a comfortable retirement isn’t an easy or familiar path for most people. It takes years of planning, working, saving and sacrificing. But if you truly want to enjoy all of the amenities more»
  • New Year. New Budget

    Published Monday, January 20, 2014

    Another new year has arrived. As always, this is a time for reflection and a time to look ahead. Most important, though, it’s a time to create and commit to a personal budget that will lead you to a future of financial freedom. If you already have an established budget, this is the ideal time to reassess your spending and saving habits. Make sure you more»
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