Career and Finances

Tips, tools and features for managing your money and your career.

Saving with Purpose

We all know the importance of saving money for a rainy day, but what is the best way to save and how do you use what you have saved? Effective saving is not as simple as depositing money into a savings account—but it doesn’t have to be complicated either.

Finding Work -life Balance at Home

The problem with working from home is that you never really get to step away from your work.

Homemade Holidays

If you want to put the joy back into your holiday season, consider giving gifts from the heart—you’ll enjoy making and giving them as much as your loved ones enjoy receiving them.

The Holidays are No Excuse to Blow the Budget

Withdraw real cash from the bank and use that to make your holiday purchases. When we use cash, we get a concrete idea of how much money we are really spending.

Should You Retire?

For most people in the workforce, retirement is dangled out there as the carrot we’re all working toward—but what if retirement isn’t the end goal?

Money Challenges

It takes a lot of trial and error, dedication, and discipline to become a money master. If you’re ready to take charge of your finances and make big changes, consider taking one of these money challenges to motivate you in the right direction.

Which Comes First—The Debt or the Savings?

Does having debt automatically preclude you from having savings? Is it more important to direct any extra money toward paying off debt or toward beefing up your savings account? Let’s explore.

Spring Clean Your Finances

Spring is notoriously a season for cleaning and purging. We clear out the old to make way for the new. Don’t stop with the garage—spring is a great time to clean out your financial house as well.

Buying a Car Without Losing Your Shirt

Just the thought of navigating an automobile purchase is enough to motivate you to keep driving your old one. But if that old car is on its last legs, it may be time to start shopping.

Saving and Filing Receipts

If you’re in the habit of deducting business expenses on your taxes, you know the importance of saving receipts. However, saving receipts is not enough if you don’t have an organizational system for them.

Rent it Out

You don’t have to be a real estate magnate to earn a healthy rental income. In fact, you can earn cash by renting out just about anything you own—and new technology makes it hassle-free.

Five Bad Financial Habits to Break Now

Our life is a reflection of our habits. If you have bad financial habits, your finances probably show it. So if you want to reform your finances, you have to reform your habits. The key is consistency—make good choices on a consistent basis and watch your finances change.

Career Networking

Many people associate the idea of networking with a hard sell, but networking has evolved as new technology has become available. It’s easier than ever to grow your network without resorting to pushy tactics.

Is an Online Bank Right for You?

These days, most everyone participates in some form of online banking—such as double-checking account balances or paying bills online—but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re using an online bank. Most banks today offer some form of online access; however, a unique form of bank is cropping up all over cyberspace and what these banks lack in bricks-and-mortar, they make up for in benefit and savings.

Delinquent Debt

Life happens—student loans pile up, medical emergencies take us by surprise, and before we know it, we’re drowning in debt. It can be challenging to maintain a payment schedule in the midst of a mountain of debt, but it could be one of the most important financial moves you make. If you think debt is bad, delinquent debt is much, much worse.

Understanding Health Savings Accounts

With the potpourri of healthcare options on the table, you’ve probably heard of a Health Savings Account (HSA), but do you understand what exactly it is, how it works, and whether you need one?

Make or Break Your Credit Score

Your credit score is vital to your financial health and wellbeing. It’s easier to maintain a good credit score than it is to improve a bad one. Follow these simple steps to stay on the right track and maintain a credit score you can be proud of.

Understanding Your Credit Score

Remember how fixated you were on your GPA during school only to find out later in life that no one ever asks you what your GPA was? Well, did you know that in real life you have a different kind of GPA that actually does matter? It’s called your credit score and it is critical to your ability to get credit.