Personal Finances

Consumers Don't Know Personal Finances

When we were in school, an average or failing grade would have meant big trouble for us at home, often resulting in our parents putting us into "time-out" -- and that may be just what some fiscally irresponsible adults need. An NFCC survey allowed consumers to grade themselves on their knowledge of personal finance, and 34 percent -- more than 7... more

4 Simple Steps to Improve Your Credit Score

Credit card hand off.

Content provided courtesy of USAA. FICO score, VantageScore, BlahBlahBlah score. You may already know that credit scores come in many different forms and flavors. And you've probably heard that having a good score is important. But did you know there are some surefire moves to getting a good score or improving one regardless of the scoring mo... more

11 Things to Include in Your Holiday Budget Planning

Seasonal jobs

Content courtesy of USAA. It's Christmas time! Do you have sugar plums dancing in your head or are you like me and the only thing dancing in your head is the list with items needing their "check"? Can't go to sleep to wait for Santa because of the sleigh bells ringing, I mean, cash registers dinging large holes in my holiday budget plan! We ma... more

How to Save $1,000 in Six Months

Putting money in a piggy bank.

Content provided courtesy of USAA. $1,000. A grand. One large. No matter how you say it, it sounds good. Think about the sense of well-being that would come from knowing you had 10 crisp $100 bills tucked away in your wallet. Everyone should have that feeling. But instead of your wallet, it may be better off sitting safely in a savings accoun... more

5 Steps to Protect Your Finances Before You Deploy

Discussing finances

Content provided courtesy of USAA. If you've got a deployment coming up, you're probably already working overtime to prepare, both physically and mentally. But what about your finances? Are they squared away? Sure, an upcoming deployment comes with challenges, but there's also an opportunity to make some major financial headway. Here's a shor... more

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