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Author: Deb Hanson

What Are My College Funding Options?

That new baby (or grandbaby) coos and smiles and melts your heart. It’s hard to imagine her all grown up and heading off to college. Before you know it, she’ll be walking across that stage getting her high school diploma and buying decorations for her dorm room. How will you pay for her college dream? […]

5 Smart Ways to Improve Your Credit Score

Your credit score can mean the difference between a high- or low- interest loan, whether or not you get approved to rent that apartment you want, or even affect whether or not you get a job. So, having a great credit score is an important piece of your overall financial puzzle. What is a great […]

Social Security: Your Divorce’s Upside?

Divorce is messy. Divorce and money is messier. There is one financial benefit you may qualify for, though, that won’t send your ex-spouse into a rage – social security (SS). Here are the basics: You are eligible to receive social security benefits based on your ex-spouse’s work record if you were married for 10 or more […]

How to Monitor Your Own Credit (With Peace of Mind!)

Credit monitoring is the ultimate ‘ounce of prevention’ for your financial health and identity safety. During the past five years, news of data breaches at large retailers and banks has become all-too commonplace. I’ve received three notices myself. After an initial bout of anxiety, I check my credit card and savings accounts for any unauthorized […]

Our 5 Favorite Personal Finance Blogs

If you care about your money and often find yourself searching the web for advice about personal finance, budgeting, and investing, then you know it can be frustrating to search and not find what you really need. Well, after several years of Googling around and following various bloggers, these five stand out with some of […]

How to Talk to Your Spouse About Money (Without a Fight)

Recently, I asked some friends to tell me how they talk to their spouses about money, and the first response I got was “I don’t know…it’s mostly screaming and yelling when we discuss finances”! Sound familiar? If so, you are not alone.  A 2014 Money magazine survey found that 70% of married couples fight about […]

Valentine’s Day Trivia That Might Save Your Relationship

Thinking of skipping that Valentine’s Day gift? Think again. Valentine’s Day is widely celebrated as a holiday filled with romance, flowers, and candy, but it didn’t start out that way. The origin of Valentine’s Day is still a mystery. Some say it began as a Pagan holiday called Lupercalia. Others say during ancient festivals, men […]

How to Get Your Taxes Done ASAP in 2017

You sent your tax paperwork to your accountant weeks ago. The tax filing deadline is almost here. You contact your accountant to find out if your taxes are done yet. They tell you they are planning to file an extension because they can’t get your return done on time. Arrrgh! You go ballistic! That happened […]