You’re Engaged! 3 Financial Things to Start Thinking About

Every year, more than 2.2 million Americans get married, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Choosing to marry is one of the biggest decisions any couple can make, and the romance of an engagement is worth savoring. However, there are practical, financial considerations as well. You need to start making wedding plans, starting with a wedding budget. There are additional financial considerations that will have a more lasting impact, such as combining finances and financial planning for the future.

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Student Living: Why It Doesn’t Need to be Ramen Noodles

If you’re heading off to college and want to live on more than coffee and ramen, we have good news: You definitely can.

College can be expensive, but if you know how to manage a budget, you can make it through every semester or quarter without having to ask a friend to spot you for things like meals, gas, and rent. 

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Budgeting 101: Where Should You Spend Your Money Each Month?

If you have income and expenses, then you already have some form of a budget. A budget doesn’t have to be a complex spreadsheet or computer program to track your spending. When you pay the bills each month, you determine how much money is in the bank and how much you need to pay what you owe—simple budgeting. However, just tracking money coming in and going out is not going to help you achieve your financial goals. For that, you need financial planning, including gaining control of your monthly budget.

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