Category: Managing Your Money

Tips on How to Prepare Your Home for the Winter

How to Prepare Your Home for the Winter

Q: Help! I know I need to prepare my home for the upcoming cold weather, but I don’t know where to start. What do I need to do?

A: As soon as you see the seasonal aisles at your favorite superstores filling with Halloween paraphernalia, you know “Old Man Winter” will be creeping up on us before you can say “Boo!”

This year, be prepared. Keep your home warm and safe this winter by following our comprehensive to-do list before the real cold sets in.


Halloween and Christmas Holiday Spending

It’s Almost Halloween, So Let’s Talk Christmas

Football is back, the leaves are changing, and everywhere you look pumpkin spice is taking over. Fall is here, and Halloween is right around the corner!

Clearly, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas and other Winter holidays.

Even if you’re the “Bah, Humbug” type of person who regularly posts Facebook rants about the neighbors putting up their lights before Thanksgiving, making financial plans for the holidays is still a really good idea. It might be too early to hang a stocking, but it’s never too early to sock money away.


Don't for payment lure scams

Don’t Fall for Payment Lure Scams

Free money. It’s an offer that’s hard to resist, isn’t it? But, as the old saying goes, if something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.

Scammers often use the “payment lure” method to trick their unsuspecting victims. They’ll send an email claiming you’re entitled to some money, and all you need to do is provide your account information so they can make the deposit. Before you know it, you’re handing over all the details they need to access your account and help themselves to your hard-earned money.

Here are some tips to help you avoid falling prey to this scam.


Tips on Buying a Used Car

All You Need to Know About Buying a Used Car

Buying a previously owned vehicle can be a great way to save big on one of your most valuable possessions. If you’re shopping for an amazing deal on wheels, you want to be one of those buyers who walks home thrilled with their new car.

Follow these nine steps when buying a used car.


Buying a House During the COVID 19 Pandemic

All You Need to Know About Selling Your Home During COVID-19

Selling a home is a move people generally plan years in advance, and 2020 was no different. For many homeowners, the hot real estate market of spring and summer of 2020 was going to be the season they put their homes up for sale. And then came the coronavirus – and the world turned upside down. With people struggling just to get by financially, and health and safety paramount, selling a home seemed like a dream from another lifetime. Records of home sales in the U.S. from the beginning of the outbreak reflect these feelings, with a sharp decline of 21% in total homes sold in March, and another decrease of 17.8% in April, according to data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR).