5 Must-Haves for Your Retirement Toolkit

Are you building a nice garden home, a castle, or heading for life in a cardboard box? Earlier this year, the Employer Benefit Research Institute issued its annual Retirement Confidence Survey. If the findings are any indication, we should all ...

Financial Papers: What to Keep or Toss

During tax season, you probably found yourself surrounded by piles of papers — and wondering how long to keep all that stuff. For tax documents — and all your other financial paperwork — here’s your answer. What How Long to Keep Why Tax ...

Military Families Continue to Face Financial Stress

Blue Star Families Survey Shows Positive Financial Behaviors, but challenges remain as financial stress lingers. This recent survey of military families found that nearly two-thirds – 65 percent – of respondents experience stress related to ...

What’s in a Used Car’s VIN?

When shopping for a used car, check the vehicle identification number with the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s VINCheckSM. This quick and free online service is an easy way to make sure a car or truck has not been reported stolen and not ...

Top PCS Moving Tips

Moving is a lot more than getting your stuff from point A to point B. It’s a major life event. Without proper planning, a move can squeeze your savings — and challenge your sanity. To help keep costs and headaches to a minimum, get ...

Kids and Credit: What They Need to Know

Parents, when your children turned 16, did you just toss them the keys to the family car and hope everything would work out for the best? Probably not, right? Instead, I’ll bet there were hours of driver’s education and countless ...

A 3-Step Plan for Your Deployment Stash of Cash

Forget finances — family, friends and fun were higher on my priority list. That’s how I felt when I stepped back on U.S. soil after my all-expenses-paid (if you leave out money spent on those pirated DVDs and a vast array of jewels) trip ...

Don’t Let New House or Car Bust Your Budget

Just because you can buy it, doesn’t mean you should. That basic financial rule of thumb is especially true when you’re shopping for a home or a car. ”Never rely on lenders or dealers to tell you how much you can afford,” ...

New Car Buying: 5 Quick Tips

If buying a car were only as simple as buying a pack of gum — pick a flavor, plunk down a dollar and go on your way. The purchase of a new vehicle involves a tangled web of financial decisions that can make even an experienced car buyer’s ...