Category - Budgeting

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Why You Should Give Appreciated Stock Instead of Cash
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Financial Planning Goals for 2016
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Overfunded College 529 plan? No Problem!
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Find ways to save money when you fund College education
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What you need to know when you acquire debt?

Why You Should Give Appreciated Stock Instead of Cash

We have just wrapped up the busiest time of the year for charitable giving. Since January is when most people sit down to revisit their budget, this is an excellent time to review your charitable giving strategy.

Most people give to charity by writing a check. This is an easy way of supporting an organization – it only takes a moment to write a check and every charity will have a bank account into which they can deposit checks.

However, giving appreciated stock from a brokerage account to a charity is even more efficient in terms of tax savings. This …

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Financial Planning Goals for 2016

It’s a new year and for many, that means it’s time to revisit or create new financial goals. Regardless of financial situation, popular key financial focusses for most people are to save more money, spend less money and pay off/eliminate debt. Here are a few steps you can take to get the best results from these goals.

  • Develop A Goal – What are the important things you want your money to go towards? Do you want to buy a new car? Do you want more money to save? By implementing goals, this will help you stick to your budget better
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Overfunded College 529 plan? No Problem!

While most Americans have made little if any progress in their college savings goals, others have a more enviable dilemma of potentially running past the finish line. Still others have found that their children aren’t choosing the collegiate path. No need to worry. You have many great options when managing an overfunded 529 college savings plan.

Withdraw the Funds

If you have more money than college expenses, you can simply withdraw the funds. The down side is that your earnings are included in taxable income and incur a 10% penalty. If you invested ten thousand dollars which grew to fourteen …

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Find ways to save money when you fund College education

It is a well-known fact that funding a child’s college education costs tremendous amounts of money these days. No denial about that. I know it first-hand having funded college education for three children in the last eight years! In fact, that is the reason why we all should carefully examine any whichever method that helps us reduce these costs. So, the question is: is there a way you can save money in the process? Thanks to tax laws (and some very recent tax deals), yes you can. While the finest details are in IRS Publication 970, let me try… Read More

What you need to know when you acquire debt?

You may have a great credit score, and perhaps many lenders are eager to offer you debt. Should you jump in and acquire the debt? Not so fast. Acquiring debt puts you in an obligation to pay back in time and as per the terms of the debt. Moreover, if you fail to pay, there are consequences. Also, financial savviness 101 says, “You should never borrow more than what you can afford” and “you should get the best deal possible”. Accordingly, this blog post: to encourage you to think twice, thrice before getting into debt. Perhaps, the checklist below will …

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