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Multitask Your Money: Prepare for Today, Tomorrow and Your Future

You have a target on your savings goals, but you also need cash to pay the bills. Not to mention, you’ve probably heard or read you should be saving more for retirement. The list of [...]

By | March 19th, 2018|Wallet Watch|

Looking for a New Home? Lock in Your Rate

An improving economy has many financial experts predicting that interest rates will continue to rise. That means it could cost you more to take out any kind of loan, including mortgages. If you think you [...]

By | March 13th, 2018|Home Front|

Why 2018 is the Year to Grow Your Small Business

Years ago, when I was a business reporter for an Upstate New York newspaper, I wrote about a manufacturing firm that had just announced a doubling of its staff. When I interviewed the CEO, he [...]

By | March 6th, 2018|Better Your Business|

The Buzz About Balance Transfers

The average household owes a little over $16,000 in credit card debt – that’s up 10 percent from 2006. And, according to Gallup data, Americans have an average 3.4 credit cards in their wallets. If [...]

By | March 2nd, 2018|Wallet Watch|

Operation Retirement: Tips for a Successful Mission

Each year, we recognize Military Saves Week to promote good money management and savings habits for those who serve. It’s our way of helping raise awareness of the importance of paying yourself first.  Servicemembers and their families [...]

By | February 28th, 2018|Wallet Watch|

3 Rules for Weathering High Interest Rates

When a snowstorm bears down on Northern Virginia, where I live now, panic is sometimes the order of the day. A few inches shuts down schools, empties grocery store shelves and litters road shoulders with [...]

By | February 23rd, 2018|Decoding the Economy|

How the New Tax Law Affects You

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law on December 22, 2017. It incorporates several revisions to tax laws as Americans know them, making it a hot topic in the news. It’s understandable [...]

By | February 22nd, 2018|Decoding the Economy|

Ski Down the Slopes to Savings

When the world’s top athletes showcase their skills at the Winter Games, it’s always a great spectacle. The speed, flips and challenging maneuvers keep fans around the world on the edge of their seat. Somehow, [...]

By | February 14th, 2018|Wallet Watch|

Snowball Your Savings With Certificate Laddering

As a small snowball rolls down a hill, it gains speed and eventually becomes a giant snow boulder. This is commonly known as the “snowball effect.” You’ve probably heard of this as it relates to [...]

By | February 13th, 2018|Wallet Watch|

Meet Your (Financial) Match In Time for Valentine’s Day

Get your roses, chocolates and candy hearts ready – the third largest US consumer holiday is just around the corner! According to the National Retail Federation, Americans are expected to spend $19.6 billion in the [...]

By | February 9th, 2018|Wallet Watch|