Practical Tips for Your Budget

It’s the dreaded "B" word—budgeting. Unfortunately, the word budget has gotten a bad rap. When it all boils down, a budget is basically just a plan for your money. Budgeting means you’re spending with purpose before the month begins. But many people view a budget as a straitjacket that will keep them from doing what they want. But that couldn’t be further from the truth! A budget doesn’t limit your freedom, it gives you freedom! It’s really all about being intentional with where your money goes. Read More #MoneyMatters #Budget

The Apartment Walkthrough

The Apartment Walkthrough... You’ve found a great apartment in your price range and are ready to move in. But before you pack your bags and boxes and load up the moving truck, you’ll want to do an apartment walkthrough. Essentially, it’s like running through a home safety checklist; you walk through the apartment with your landlord or rental agent and determine if there are any issues that need fixing before you move in. This is one of the most important steps in the moving process. An apartment walkthrough may ensure that you avoid any fees for damages (that you didn’t cause) when you move out; if it isn’t initiated for you, make sure to request one. Here is a list of common problems to loo

If You Want to Get Out of Debt

Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to get out of debt. So now what? Some people never get beyond this point because they don’t know where to start. The big picture is overwhelming, so people often quit before they ever write the first check to pay off a debt. But you don’t have to worry, because you’re about to discover the first step toward saying goodbye to debt! Before you learn this secret, you need to be forewarned: This step may surprise you. It will seem like the wrong thing to do. You won’t guess it offhand because most people don’t think it has anything to do with getting out of debt. Are you ready? The first step is this: Save $1,000 as fast as you can. Read More #MoneyMatte

Complete Guide to Renting Out the House

You have a house, a spare room and some debt to clear. You think a roommate just might be the way to add extra money to your budget. Or maybe you just inherited your parents’ house, and sentimental ties keep you from selling it right away. Whatever the reason, renting out your home—or a portion of your home—for extra income appeals to you. But, before you advertise for a tenant or roommate, consider the pros and cons of renting your house. Check out these three scenarios: Scenario #1: You’re single and want to split your mortgage with roommates. Read More #Home

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