Tag: Financial Wellness

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Saving Money Isn’t a Luxury — It’s a Necessity

Saving money can often be a challenge—especially during times of financial uncertainty. As humans, we’re wired to take care of our needs now, and worry about later… well, later. However, saving money is a critical component of financial wellness.  Here, we break down why saving (even a small amount) can make all the difference: Saving… Read more »

Save Money

15 Clever Ways to Cut Costs

During our recent webinar presentation, Money Management in Turbulent Times, we asked our attendees to collaborate and share their top tips for cutting costs. Cutting costs is an important strategy for stretching your budget so you can pay your debt down faster or hit your savings goals quicker. Check out the top 15 tips to cut costs… Read more »

understanding Tax Brackets

Understanding Tax Brackets

There are many misconceptions about how marginal tax brackets work and how they impact your federal tax return. This is what you need to know: For the 2020 tax year (to be filed by in 2021), the IRS set marginal rates of 10%, 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, 35% and 37%. Your tax rate depends on… Read more »

Your 2021 Financial Checklist

Your 2021 Financial Wellness Action Plan

If your New Year’s resolution is to renew your focus on financial wellness, this 7-step financial action plan will give you the tools you need to succeed. The best part? It’s easy! 1. Check Your Credit Report Credit report errors are more common than you might think, and errors negatively impact your credit score. A… Read more »

Year-End Tax Moves

2020 Year-End Tax Tips

ASK A FINANCIAL PLANNER Here are some things to consider as you weigh potential tax moves between now and the end of the year. 1. Defer Income to Next Year Consider opportunities to defer income to 2021, particularly if you think you may be in a lower tax bracket then. For example, you may be… Read more »

Online Holiday Shopping

7 Tips to Stay Safe While Online Holiday Shopping

As we abide by stay-at-home orders, many of us spend hours in front of the computer each day for work and school. Online retail associations expect online holiday sales to surge by 25% – amounting to between $182 billion and $196 billion. Add this to a 15% increase in online sales from 2018 to 2019…. Read more »

Money Management Minute

Money Management Minute

Money Management Minute is a financial health public service announcement series airing on KCBX, KVEC, KKJG and KSTT this holiday season. In case you missed it, check out these handy tips: Look Out for Psychological Tricks Do you know some sales are designed with psychological tricks to compel us to shop and buy? It is so… Read more »

Moving Insurance

How Can I Insure My Possessions During a Move?

There are several ways to insure your possessions while you’re moving. Perhaps your current homeowners policy includes coverage for your personal property during a move. The policy may cover your possessions at the new location for a limited time, also. The same coverages, exclusions, and deductibles apply while you’re moving as they would for a… Read more »

Retirement Limits for 2021

IRA and Retirement Plan Limits for 2021

ASK A FINANCIAL PLANNER Many IRA and retirement plan limits are indexed for inflation each year. While some of the limits remain unchanged for 2021, other key numbers have increased. IRA Contribution Limits The maximum amount you can contribute to a traditional IRA or a Roth IRA in 2021 is $6,000 (or 100% of your… Read more »

Auto Insurance

The ABCs of Auto Insurance

Whether you already have auto insurance or are considering buying some, you may be wondering how much is enough and which types of coverage you need. Here are a few tips to get you started: A is For Auto Policy When you purchase auto insurance, you enter into a written contract with your insurance company…. Read more »