Category: Managing Your Money



Don’t wait. Buy a car now and avoid Illinois’ upcoming trade-in tax.

When you upgrade to a new vehicle, timing is everything. Year-end sales are a great time to buy, as dealers are eager to meet their end-of-the-year sales quotas and make room for newer models. But this year, there’s an extra reason to make your purchase before December ends. Starting January 1, 2020, a new Illinois law could cost you big bucks if you decide to trade in a vehicle. Continue reading “Don’t wait. Buy a car now and avoid Illinois’ upcoming trade-in tax.” »




It’s Holiday Time: Beware of Scammers Trying to Steal Your Info

Unfortunately, fraudsters trying to steal your financial information and your money don’t take a holiday.

It is very important that your awareness of scams is heightened at this time of year. The next time you receive a text message, or a call from an unknown number, be very careful in responding or taking the call. Continue reading “It’s Holiday Time: Beware of Scammers Trying to Steal Your Info” »




6 Times A Bargain Is Not A Bargain

In the words of writer Franklin Jones, “A bargain is something you don’t need at a price you can’t resist.” And we couldn’t agree more.

With the biggest spending season of the year looming ahead, it’s time to brush up on your shopping smarts. Don’t get caught springing for something you can’t afford! This year, give yourself the gift of an intact budget and a credit card balance that doesn’t haunt you for months or years to come.

Here’s when that steal of a deal you can’t wait to show off to your friends is not such a bargain after all. Continue reading “6 Times A Bargain Is Not A Bargain” »




How Long Does It Take To Become A Millionaire

A million dollars. For many people, it’s the pinnacle of financial success. For others, it’s just the first stepping stone toward their outrageous dreams. Continue reading “How Long Does It Take To Become A Millionaire” »




Do My Child’s Activities Really Need To Make Me Go Broke?

It’s back-to-school season and you’re just about ready to zip that backpack closed before tossing that supply list into the trash. You’ve been shopping for weeks to get the right pencils and pens, binders and the dozens of other must-haves. This, of course, is in addition to the perfect school shoes and autumn wardrobe. But now you’re done, done, done! Your sanity and your budget are ready for a breather – at least until the holiday shopping season starts. Continue reading “Do My Child’s Activities Really Need To Make Me Go Broke?” »