GUEST BLOGGER: ELIZABETH DAVIS
Why do I need an emergency fund? The reason is simple really, we don’t know what is going to happen. Money guru Dave Ramsey recommends starting with a $1,000 cash emergency fund. This is SEPARATE from long-term savings and should be immediately available in case of emergency. After debt is eliminated, then save enough to cover the basic expenses without income for 3 months. This number will vary for different family's situations. What I would like to discuss is the first step. Saving $1000 dollars. Sound overwhelming? My recommendation is to make a plan that can work for YOUR situation.
Welcome to September! All month long (monday-friday) we'll be sharing financial emergency preparedness tips over on our Facebook page in honor of National Emergency Preparedness month. Watch for tips to help you prepare now for the financial aspects of different kinds of emergency situations. A focus on preparation can help take the fear out of the unknown. We hope you'll follow along!
GUEST BLOGGER: EMMA PARKHURST
Have you ever scrolled through social media and find yourself admiring pictures and posts of others traveling around the world and wonder to yourself, “how on earth can they afford that?!” I’ll be the first one to admit that this thought used to cross my mind quite frequently. That was until I interrogated a good friend that booked a trip to Oslo, Norway and did so without breaking the bank. Her secrets are now my secrets that I’d like to share with you to become YOUR secrets! Below are some tips I learned from her, as well as others from financial experts:
GUEST BLOGGER: ELIZABETH DAVIS
Paying for college can be an overwhelming task. According to the Federal Reserve (2019) the average student loan debt per students finishing an undergraduate degree is $32,731.
I was in graduate school when my daughter was born. Ironically the semester that she was born I was in a social policy class that discussed the expense of having children. I was overwhelmed and disheartened to learn that on average it costs $233,610 to raise a child to the age of 18 and that was NOT including college expenses! I was pregnant, sick, and overwhelmed by what seemed like the impossible task of planning for my child’s future while I was still in the throes of finishing my own education.
GUEST BLOGGER: LIZ VANCE
Budgeting is one of the first things we talk about in the world of finance. But for most people it is not a pleasant or easy task. Luckily, we live in the day and age of technology! Technology is a great way to make budgeting easier and more enjoyable (or for some people maybe just more bearable). I have definitely heard a lot about the budgeting website, Mint, but I’d never tried it. So for today’s post I am going to let you know my first impressions after using Mint for the first time.
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