Category: Finances

How to Save for a Short Term Need or Want

Often in life we have sudden needs or wants pop up. So what do you do about it? Charge it? Take out a loan? Go to a Paycheck Advance to get cash until pay day? Wait for the government to provide it for you, because “it’s an American right.” Hopefully you will never have to …

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How to Create Your Own Pension

Gone are the years of the traditional pensions and 30+ years with one company. Today, people need to be much more reliant on their own means of saving, investing, and planning. It’s definitely a hard task when there is so much data out there, so many “wants” eating at your ability to save, and most …

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What Happens If I Default on My Student Loans?

The following article was written by Brandon Endsley, a Financial Aid Administrator and Purdue Alumni, who administers the MyMoney website at Purdue University. We asked him if he could address some of the issues surrounding student loan defaults – as they are on the rise. Before I discuss the downsides of student loan default, you probably …

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6 Things You Don’t Need to Upgrade

It seems we’re in a time where everything is in constant change and improvement. It’s not “good” just to sit idle. We’re bombarded with the constant upgrade packages and the latest and newest this or that. If you’re in a job more than three to five years now, you’re viewed as a slug (who’s not …

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5 Things Growing up on a Farm Taught Me About Finances

In my youth, I had the lucky chance to be raised on a farm in Iowa. Growing up I thought a lot differently and hated going out to do chores, shoveling pig manure, or walking beans. At the time it felt pointless, and I felt like free labor to my dad, Grandpa, and uncle. Without …

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What Happened to Treats?

A couple times a month, my parents held a “popcorn party” night where my brother and I would get to watch a movie on the brand-new VHS player, eat homemade popcorn and indulge in our favorite beverage: RC Cola. I remember those nights fondly and was grateful for the times we got to “have fun” …

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One Is Better Than Two

Two is better than one, the writer of Ecclesiastes tells us. And he’s right. But the best advice my wife and I received as newlyweds in regards to marriage and money was the opposite – a budget based on one income is better than two. The guidance was simple: create a budget as if only …

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Can Kids Invest in Stocks or Mutual Funds?

At 13 years old I asked my parents if I could start investing money in the stock market through a mutual fund. I’d saved about $1500 from starting my own hog selling business, and through working in the fields during the summer. My small nest egg was the result of 4-5 years of hard work, …

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