Do you make these mistakes when budgeting?

Contrary to popular belief, the purpose of a budget is to help you get what you want, not to deprive you of having fun. A powerful tool, a budget can lead you to your dreams, but only if you avoid...

DATE: June 23, 2014 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Homeownership is a great thing if you’re ready

Buying a home? Make sure you’re truly ready. You’ve heard the clichés about homeownership: It makes financial sense compared with renting. It’s one of the best investments you can make. It’s the...

DATE: May 26, 2014 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Don’t let your business break your budget

Meet Julie and Pat. Pat is 62 and preparing to retire from his job of 30 years. Julie has four years until her official retirement. Their challenge is not retirement planning. They have built their...

DATE: April 28, 2014 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Bust out of prison: Take some advice to pay off debt

Credit-card debt can be like a prison sentence. What kind of time are you serving: 1 to 2 years, 2 to 5 years, 5 to 10, life? Almost 10 percent of Americans believe they are serving life sentences....

DATE: March 31, 2014 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Found: Money! Save? Spend? What do I do?

“Matt, what would you recommend I do with my tax refund?” At this time of year, I hear this question a lot. My answer: “It depends. Let me explain.” What you should do depends on where you are on...

DATE: March 4, 2014 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Practical tips to financial security just clicks a way

On the journey to financial independence, you need fuel to keep your motivation high and your goals in sight. Five of my favorite money blogs offer inspiration, useful tips and sage advice to help...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2014 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Tools to help you simplify finances, boost your income

Happy New Year! Let’s make 2014 the year to simplify, share resources and even make a little extra money. Now that smartphones and social media have become a part of our everyday lives, I am...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2014 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Make saving automatic – see nest egg grow

Today, successfully preparing for retirement requires you to be a smart saver. Traditionally, the middle class has used Social Security, pensions and home equity to build retirement savings, but...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2013 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

In your finances, express gratitude but also celebrate

During the last two months, I’ve asked you to undergo a financial check-up and write a prescription for improving your financial health. If you’re like me, these exercises can turn up mistakes...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2013 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Like your health, finances need annual checkup

How are you feeling about your financial health? Are you anxious and insecure, secure and happy, or somewhere in between? The symptoms of financial stress can be many. The American Institute of...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2013 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Time to prepare for the holidays (yes, it really is)

When kids returned to school this week, I suspect you were as shocked as I was. How did the summer fly by so quickly? Knowing that the busyness of school and work will accelerate life even more, I...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2013 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

What if you didn’t have to worry about money?

What would you do if money were no object at all? It’s a question you’ve heard before. Your friends have asked, your co-workers and maybe even a stranger or two. In most cases, it’s a call for us...

DATE: July 22, 2013 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

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