Circle These Dates on Your 2018 Family Financial Calendar

It can be hard to stay organized, even with smartphones, smart appliances and personal assistants that order things online for you. There's so much to remember, from day to day, and month to month. This is why we've created this family financial calendar for you. If you want to stay ahead of the game and plan out your ...

15 Best Strategies to Solve the Santa Gift Dilemma

You know the situation. Your 6-year old writes a letter to Santa. Your 6-year old ‘mails’ the letter to the North Pole. You steal the letter in question from the mailbox and read the cute kindergarten handwriting. Uh-oh. Wait a minute. He wants a what? How much is THAT anyway? And… is it really meant for a ...

5 Holiday Gift Delivery Options for Procrastinators

This week marks a transition – by Dec. 19, most major stores' free shipping or standard shipping options will no longer guarantee before-Christmas delivery. And in case you hadn't noticed, the guaranteed-by-Christmas deadlines for ground shipping for the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx and UPS have also passed. So is paying an exorbitant amount for expedited shipping – or ...

5 Steps to Building Your 2018 Budget

As you're closing one year and resolving to make the next one even better – in whatever way you have in mind – remember that your financial plan has to be ready for the new year, too. You need to go over what you did with your money in 2017 and consider what expenses you'll face in ...

12 Things That Trip Up Home Buyers

Buying a house is supposed to be the American dream, but it can turn into a nightmare for buyers who go into the process with unrealistic expectations and insufficient information. "The process of buying a home [can be] excruciating," says Craig Evans, an Ally Bank mortgage executive with more than 30 years of experience in the ...