5 Ways to Save This Holiday Season

Success in your personal financial goals is impossible without the all-important practice of sticking to a budget. Even if you have a massive source of income, you won’t be able to succeed without formulating a budget and then consistently sticking to it. Part of this process involves planning for annual expenses by putting away monthly amounts to prepare for them, paying yourself first by putting money in savings during each paycheck to grow your net worth, and having an emergency…

College Planning Strategies

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As of October 1st the Department of Education began accepting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is important for those attending college next year or those with children who will be. The FAFSA must be filled out by anyone wishing to qualify for federal student aid (via loans or grants), state aid, and school scholarships. It’s also required for those wishing to qualify for subsidized and unsubsidized student loans as well as parent PLUS loans. It’s a…

How the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Will Affect your Charitable Donations This Year

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by congress in late 2017 came with a lot of changes. Among the most notable is the raising of the standard deduction to $24,000 for couples, $12,000 for singles, and $18,000 for household heads. This is almost double what the standard deductions were before the new law. According to Evan Beach, CFP® of Campbell Wealth Management in Alexandria, VA, this raise in the standard deduction makes it so that only about 10% of…

3 Long-Term Strategies to Slash $163,000 off Your Mortgage

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Read this article even if you don’t think your mortgage costs this much! Paying off your home faster gives you more money to put towards other activities and priorities in your life. Though it may be a challenging idea, you can do it with a little know-how and good old-fashioned grit! Here are three ways to help you shave off unnecessary mortgage interest allowing you to buy a new car, travel the world, retire earlier, or do whatever you want!…

5 Pitfalls To Avoid On Your Path To Financial Freedom

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On your path to financial freedom there are several pitfalls to avoid. The following are the top 5 danger zones to watch out for on your way to achieving your goals and dreams. 1. Burdening yourself with debt. In its proper place, debt can be leveraged to help you achieve your dreams, such as when you’re buying a house, paying for education, or seeking to build credit. All too often, however, debt can also be a set of handcuffs keeping…

The Benefits of a Financial Plan

Financial planning guards against pitfalls. Unfortunately, no one is free from risk and you could lose all your assets by investing poorly, failing to have the proper insurance products, or by exposing yourself to too much risk. Financial planning looks at your entire situation and protects you from these nuclear threats. Your financial health is only as strong as its weakest link. Financial planning increases your chances of success in the future astronomically. Nothing is sure to destroy your future hopes…