Category Archives: Financial planning

November
26 - 2014

5 Unusual Ways To Make Money For College That Help The Environment

5 Unusual Ways To Make Money For College That Help The Environment Making money for college can be a challenge. It is hard to balance work and going to school. One approach that may make it better, is to do work that is fulfilling. It is also good to start young. Seeking out opportunities to work with the environment may be the answer for many students who want to help pay for expenses and have a positive impact. There are many opportunities for both students who are pursuing a career in an environmental science related field and those who simply want the experience while working towards a different educational goal.

July
16 - 2014

Getting Ready for Retirement

As we start to get older, we tend to start thinking more and more about retirement, or at least that’s what we should be thinking about as we age. If retirement is just a few years away, it’s important to make sure you are ready for the financial changes that it will bring. Things really will change. It’s time that you started to look at the financial reality of the situation to make sure that retirement – full retirement – is feasible for you. In today’s economic state, some who are nearing retirement age find that they may need to take a part time job to be sure they can make ends meet. There’s nothing wrong with this, but it might not be a part of your retirement plan. If you want to take it easy during your retirement, you may want to look at your current assets and see […]

May
9 - 2014

What does income protection insurance do?

Sometimes it seems like there is insurance for everything. You need insurance for your car, insurance for your home, insurance for the contents inside your home, insurance for your health, and insurance when you travel. And it all costs money. So, what about income protection insurance? What does it do, and is it really worth it? Should you get income protection insurance, or is it just another monthly bill that you really don’t need in your life?

April
30 - 2013

Investing in a Race Horse Without Breaking the Bank

People attending a horse race like the Kentucky Derby often imagine themselves as one of the people standing in the winner’s circle with a beautiful racing horse. Most people however consider it just a fantasy. Once considered the sport of Kings and business moguls because of the high cost of owning, training and racing a horse it is now becoming an investment accessible to more people. While it can be an expensive proposition, it is possible to invest in a racehorse without breaking the bank. If investing in a horse does not seem interesting to you, you can always bet on Kentucky Derby and try to win big money! The cost of a race horse at the Kentucky Derby, ranging from a few thousand to several million dollars, boarding fees, training costs, transportation, veterinarian care, jockey and race fees can be prohibitive for most people to ever be a single […]

April
30 - 2013

Five Reasons Why Credit Cards can be Better than Cash

Upon hearing the words ‘credit card’, some people instantly think about debt. Whilst it’s good to be a little cautious about lending money, as this is what makes a responsible and sensible consumer, you should know that there are many ways in which some credit cards can actually be pretty helpful. In some ways, credit cards can be better than cash. Let’s take a look at a few: Credit cards allow you to spread the cost of a large purchase

April
8 - 2013

Why Buying Stocks on Margin is Dangerous

There are never any guarantees when it comes to playing the stock market, however; there are some methods of trading that are riskier than others. Buying on margin can be a dangerous game and should only be attempted by the expert stock trader. A person who uses this method to play the stock market, could end up owing more their broker a great deal of money. Many people are really unsure of how buying on a margin works. To understand the risk, a person must know how this type of trading works. By definition, a margin is making an investment on money that is a person doesn’t have, or a borrowed amount. For instance, if a individual has ten thousand dollars in their broker account, they can borrow money against their existing stocks. By borrowing this money, this will allow them to purchase even more stocks than their current monies […]

March
27 - 2013

Get Your Groove On With These Amazing Coupons

Outdoor sporting activities are great family-bonding times as well as an ideal way to stay fit and healthy. However, the cost involved may prohibit parents and their kids from exploring the wide variety of all-season recreational sports that exist. The answer is to scout online for valuable coupons and promotional bargains, which manufacturers provide to introduce their products. Would you like to try snow skiing or backpacking with your kids this year? Exercise is much easier when you do it in the great outdoors, and you will reap the benefits of breathing clean by trekking out to the nearest country or forest environment. Even teenagers can be distracted from their handheld electronic devices if you tempt them to go camping with some new supplies.

March
27 - 2013

Basic Tips For Sound Forex Investments

When it comes to trading on the Forex market, it seems as though everyone is looking for advice and information that can help them to make the best decisions. The thing is though, the fact that there are so many different interpretations and opinions about the market means that you are always likely to get different advice depending on who you ask. At times one person may be right, at times other advisers may be right. This helps to sum up the volatility and unpredictability of the Forex market so in the long run, it is best for you to develop your own understanding and knowledge of the market and rely on your own decision making process. At least if you do this you will only have yourself to blame if it all goes wrong but conversely, you can take an even greater sense of pride and achievement in obtaining […]

March
25 - 2013
March
21 - 2013

Investing 101 – Get Your Feet Wet, But Don’t Lose Your Shoes

With every new generation of investors it’s important to know that everyone was a rookie at some point. This is why we decided to give you a little bit of a send off with a guide that should help you figure out how to get started in the investment world, what to invest in and how to educate yourself further. It’s simply not recommended to go ahead and invest in whatever you can before you cover the essentials. Pre-Requisites

March
19 - 2013
debt

Use the Web to Fight Your Debts

If you’re in debt, you need to do everything you can to balance the books month by month to gradually tip the scales in your favor and get debt free; you need some kind of debt solution plan in other words. If you have web access, and you must have to be reading this of course, then money-saving help is at your fingertips. Most people’s outgoings and income are fairly tightly balanced – in other words, there’s not a lot of room for man-oeuvre. So, often, it’s the really little things that make a difference over time.

March
18 - 2013

Best Reward Credit Cards in 2013

Here are 6 Credit Cards Great For Rewards 1. Capital One Venture One Rewards Credit Card This excellent rewards credit card contains no annual fee, and you can redeem miles for hotels, airline tickets, rental cars and merchandise. You can transfer balances for free, and the card offers $0 fraud liability. When you spend $1000 during the first three months, you will receive an additional 10,000 miles. Miles do not expire, and no blackout dates apply. 2. Chase Freedom Visa

March
8 - 2013

How to get Tax Relief with Earned Income Tax Credit

The EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) was signed into law in 1975, by Congress, as a way to relieve taxes and to supplement the wages for low income workers. There are numerous credits available among the tax laws, but what sets the EITC apartment from most of the other credits, is that it is a refundable credit. The majority of other credits will only reduce your tax liability, but the EITC serves double purpose. It reduces the tax liability and can give you a refund when there would ordinarily not be one. Government figures indicate that in any given tax season, millions of dollar are unclaimed by families who are eligible for the EITC. The majority of citizens do not know they are eligible because their income falls below the level of requirement that makes it mandatory to file a tax return and they are under the impression that since […]

March
3 - 2013

Consumer Receivables

Charged off customer receivables are an unfortunate part of the lending world. Because a charge off is an account that has been deemed uncollectable, it can be written off against a lending institution’s taxes. Although this isn’t ideal, it can still allow the company to make a profit by eliminating the tax liability on the loss while still making a small profit on the sale of the collectible debt. Here’s how the system works. A lending service extends a line of credit to a client. The client fails to make a payment on the loan for a period of at least six months. At this point, the lender identifies this as a bad debt, called a charge off, and may now move the loan from the asset column to the liability column in their books. At this point, the lender has given up all hope of collecting on the debt and tries […]

February
28 - 2013

Crawling Out Of Trouble

In 2005, Mary felt on top of the world.  As an executive at a large bank in the region, she had a good salary, strong benefits, and a family who adored her*.  Although she worked long hours, she had a good support system, consisting of nannies, housekeepers, and friends that she could rely upon when she needed the extra help. Mary’s world came crashing down in 2008.  It began with the economic downturn in 2007.  Mary was one of the first bank executives to lose her job.  However, she still had a great severance package, benefits, a healthy savings account, and a husband who was still earning a solid salary.  Soon after her unexpected layoff, Mary was involved in a serious car accident, which resulted in a back injury.  After months of care, and expensive medical treatment, Mary began to rely upon doctor-prescribed narcotic painkillers to manage her relentless back […]

January
21 - 2013

Stock Market Traps To Avoid

The stock market is a valuable way to create wealth. Unfortunately, a lot of investors do not do well in the stock market. In fact, due to recent bear markets some investors have not made any significant gains in the last decade. While a poor market does hurt gains, there are other reasons why many investors fail to make money. Here are four mistakes that individual investors make. 1. Buying Huge Companies. A lot of people have done poorly by buying too late. Investments in companies such as Microsoft, Cisco and General Electric have done poorly in the last ten years. When a company has grown for years, it is natural for the stock to remain dormant. A good investor should seek out the next Microsoft or IBM instead of buying stock in already well established companies. In reality, large companies are good for stability and can still offer impressive […]

December
20 - 2012

Supplement Your Income Online

When addressing personal finance strategies, it is not uncommon for people to start thinking about ways to supplement their ordinary income. However, for most of us, the prospect of additional income is a wonderful concept, but nothing more. It is simply too time-consuming to find a second job, or some sort of activity that brings in enough money to be worth the time. If this is something that interests you, though, you may want to try looking to a source you may not have considered before for supplemental income: the Internet. Of course, it isn’t necessarily easy to make significant additional income online – if that were the case, everybody would be doing it! But, the fact remains that there are moneymaking opportunities on the Internet, and many of them are far less time consuming than other means of earning income. Here are a few specific tips on ways that […]

December
7 - 2012

How to Find Coupons Online

Times are tough so many people have turned to couponing as a way to save money. The Internet has a plethora of coupons that people can download, print, and use. Here are some great tips on finding coupons online and finding great online deals. The first tip is to use a search engine to look for coupons based on your needs. For example, if you have a new baby then you would want to search for formula and diaper coupons. There are many sites that specialize in categories of coupons.

December
6 - 2012

Gift Shopping Tips that Will Save you Money

Canadians celebrate the holidays too believe it or not!  This post is for my Canadian readers 🙂 This holiday season, you’re probably balancing a lot of financial obligations. After a year of eating packed lunches, leaving the credit cards at home and constantly checking Canadian mortgage rates, it’s important to tread lightly in the area of holiday gifts. But you don’t have to avoid holiday spending altogether. Here’s a solid plan to help you stay on the right financial track while searching for gifts for everyone you love. 1. Combine (financial sources) to buy big gifts instead of several small ones. If you have a child on your list who really wants a starter guitar, why not call a few other relatives who intend to buy a gift for him or her? It would probably be less expensive (and pay off more on Christmas day) if all of you chipped in to […]

November
20 - 2012

Eat Better, Save Money and Be Prepared With Food Storage

After intense winds from a hurricane blew far inland and knocked out power in their neighborhood, Gail’s family learned what it was like to live without electricity for a solid week. “At the time we had maybe half a jar of peanut butter, a box of cereal, and a few canned goods in the house,” Gail recalls. “We finally found a store that was open and bought a bunch of items that didn’t need refrigeration. By the time our power was restored, we were thoroughly sick of eating granola bars, pudding cups, and crackers.” The experience prompted Gail to accumulate a stash of nonperishable food items in case of future emergencies, but those items have been gathering dust in her pantry for several years now. Gail believes she should probably throw them out and restock, but she hates to go out again and waste money on food her family may […]