Articles written by LouAnn

  1. USAA offers great options for Veterans

    Published on November 10, 2016

    The USAA family of companies provides insurance, banking, investments, retirement products and advice to 11.7 million current and former members of the U.S. military and their families. Known for its legendary commitment to its members, USAA is consistently recognized for outstanding service, employee well-being and financial strength. Read More

  2. 3 Perks of Preparing Your Own Taxes – Online!

    Published on March 1, 2016

    Tax season is coming to a close sooner than you’d expect. Have you filed your taxes yet? One of the simplest ways to file your taxes is through an online tax preparation service. Read More

  3. 4 Ways to Save While Hosting Over the Holidays

    Published on November 16, 2015

    Hosting even just your small family for the holidays can quickly turn into quite a bit of money and time spent. Check out these 4 ways to help you save! Read More

  4. Don’t Be Scared By Your Credit Report or Credit Score!

    Published on October 1, 2015

    You always hear you need to face your fears. One way that’s often suggested is to learn as much as possible about what you’re frightened of; research can simplify and sometimes take away the unknown “scary” characteristics of your fear. Read More

  5. During College: Don’t Go Broke!

    Published on August 24, 2015

    With the cost of education always rising, it’s best to cut back whenever possible so you’re not broke when you graduate from college! Check out these few ideas to save you some cash! Read More

  6. Celebrate Your Financial Freedom!

    Published on June 29, 2015

    Three steps is all it takes to get you started on the road to financial freedom! Read More

  7. 4 Simple Father’s Day Gifts

    Published on June 18, 2015

    Father's Day is quickly approaching! Do you have a gift for your dad yet? Check out these 4 simple gift ideas! Read More

  8. 5 Steps to Begin Your Home-Buying Process

    Published on June 1, 2015

    Springtime brings an upswing in home sales - if you’re looking to move, or even purchase your first home, it’s best to get everything in order now before you start the whole process. Read More

  9. 5 Great (But Frugal!) Mother's Day Gifts

    Published on May 1, 2015

    Now that we've entered May, Mother's Day is quickly approaching! Do you have a gift for your mother yet? If not, here's 5 ideas that won't break the bank! Read More

  10. “Help! I Haven’t Filed My Taxes Yet!”

    Published on April 1, 2015

    Now that we’ve entered April, Tax Day is quickly approaching. If you haven’t filed your tax return yet, NOW is the time to get the process rolling! Read More

  11. Save Your Green!

    Published on March 16, 2015

    It's St. Patrick's Day! Help save your 'green' with these simple tips! Read More

  12. Saving Money on Groceries

    Published on February 26, 2015

    All your trips to the grocery store can add up - check out these quick tips to help you save your dough during your next trip to the store! Read More

  13. Should You File Your Own Taxes?

    Published on February 3, 2015

    Consumers, tax season is upon us. Are you still trying to decide on the best way to file your taxes this year? Read More

  14. Fun Frugal Winter Weather Ideas

    Published on January 26, 2015

    Are you dreading all those hours you'll be forced to stay inside this winter? Check out these frugal ideas to keep you occupied! Read More

  15. Protecting Your Credit in 2015

    Published on January 8, 2015

    Let's start the New Year right with a few tips to help keep your credit safe! Read More

  16. Our Top Financial Tips for 2015

    Published on December 29, 2014

    The year is winding down quickly and thoughts of the New Year is on the minds of many. Here's our top financial resolutions for 2015! Read More

  17. Holiday Gifting: Don’t Go Overboard

    Published on December 9, 2014

    How much do you plan on spending for gifts this holiday season? Make sure you don't find yourself in debt at the start of the new year by following these tips to help you save! Read More

  18. Greatest Tips for Surviving Black Friday

    Published on November 24, 2014

    Are you one of the many consumers who braves the stores on Black Friday? Here's a few tips to help you keep your cool - and save! Read More

  19. Holiday Shopping: 3 Effortless Ways to Save

    Published on November 17, 2014

    As the holiday season approaches, getting your gift lists and shopping done are on the minds of many. Make sure to keep your budget on track in the next few months with these 3 tips! Read More

  20. 9 Tips to Prepare Yourself For Winter

    Published on November 3, 2014

    While most of us are not looking forward to winter, looking ahead and being prepared for the cold can end up saving you cash! Check out these 9 tips to help get yourself prepared for the upcoming season. Read More

  21. Don’t Scare Your Budget This Halloween!

    Published on October 22, 2014

    Halloween can scare even the toughest of budgets - make sure it doesn't terrify yours with these 5 tips! Read More

  22. 5 Simple Tips to Protect Your Identity

    Published on October 3, 2014

    Keeping your identity safe is important - check out these 5 simple tips to help keep your identity from being stolen. Read More

  23. How Important is Insurance?

    Published on September 22, 2014

    Owning a home or renting. Driving to work. Just living life. What do all of these activities have in common? Risk - things can go wrong; and this is what insurance can help give you peace of mind over. Read More

  24. Simplifying: Debt Consolidation

    Published on September 8, 2014

    What exactly is debt consolidation? While many may have heard of this term, to a consumer that is new to credit, the whole process can be a bit confusing... Read More

  25. Back-to-School Savings Tips

    Published on August 22, 2014

    Did you procrastinate on your back-to-school shopping again? It is still possible to save - check out these tips for the upcoming school year! Read More

  26. Last-Minute Vacation Budget Savers

    Published on August 11, 2014

    Are you planning a vacation soon? Check out these few tips to save on your last-minute trip! Read More

  27. 5 Secrets to Home Improvement on a Budget

    Published on July 23, 2014

    Home improvement projects are on the minds of many this summer, but that doesn't mean you need to go broke to accomplish your plans! Here's a few tips to help you keep with your budget on your remodeling and updates. Read More

  28. 4 Ways to Save on Energy Bills

    Published on July 8, 2014

    Summertime brings warmer temperatures and, unfortunately, higher energy bills as a result. Here are a few tips to help you save some cash on your utility bills. Read More

  29. Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Child’s Summer Activities

    Published on June 23, 2014

    Don't let your child's summer activities ruin your family budget. Check out these tips to help you save a few dollars this summer! Read More

  30. Steps to Homeownership

    Published on June 3, 2014

    Helpful steps to follow when you're looking to purchase your own home and enjoy the home buying experience. Read More

  31. Financial Pointers for New Graduates

    Published on May 7, 2014

    Having a good knowledge of finances can help high school or college graduates transition to life in the real world. Read More

  32. Tools for Buying a Car

    Published on April 15, 2014

    There are many things to consider when buying a vehicle such as the vehicle's history, the vehicle's valuation, financing, and then finding the right monthly payment for you. Read More

  33. Pros and Cons to Filing Your Own Taxes

    Published on March 25, 2014

    April 15th is the deadline for filing your taxes. Deciding whether you will hire a tax professional or do them yourself with online forms or software is one of the first step to filing. Read More

  34. Finding Cheap Airline Tickets

    Published on March 11, 2014

    Check out these tips for finding cheap airline tickets when you're planning your vacation. Read More

  35. Ways to Reduce Debt

    Published on February 25, 2014

    Tips to reduce debt and improve your finances can vary from budgeting to listing debts to requesting lower interest rates. Read More

  36. Steps to Take if Your Credit Card Information has been Compromised

    Published on February 7, 2014

    Credit cards are convenient but there are associated risks. If your credit card or bank information has been compromised, follow these steps. Read More

  37. Top 5 Financial Resolutions for 2014

    Published on January 13, 2014

    Save money in 2014 with these 5 resolutions: create a budget, set up an emergency fund, invest in a 401K plan, make more meals at home, and cut unnecessary expenses. Read More

  38. 3 Easy Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress

    Published on December 5, 2013

    Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress Read More

  39. It's Not Just Us...

    Published on October 24, 2013

    Insurance Rates Affected by Credit Scores Read More

  40. Easy Ways to Save Money

    Published on October 23, 2013

    You can reduce spending without making big changes to your lifestyle. This isn't your typical list detailing how to spend less by sacrificing. We all know we could eat out less, buy fewer clothes, take fewer or less expensive vacations, clip coupons, make coffee at home instead of grabbing a latte, etc. But here are some ways to save money that you might not have thought of that are relatively pain-free. Read More

  41. Two Quick Steps to a Better Handle on Your Finances

    Published on October 7, 2013

    There are many things you can do to save money each day… making your own cup of coffee instead of grabbing a latte on your way to work; eating in instead of dining out; clipping coupons; and more, but here are a couple other ways you can get a better handle on your finances. Read More

  42. Income Tax Filing tips, for the Tax Procrastinators!

    Published on April 7, 2011

    The IRS says as many as 25% of filers do so in the 2 weeks before the deadline. Once you've filed your 2010 return, just think, you have a whole year before you have to do it all over again! Read More

  43. Looking to Go Green?

    Published on April 5, 2011

    Earth day is right around the corner and the non-green people are definitely missing out on some of the benefits of being a little earth friendly. Read More

  44. It's never too late to go back to school.

    Published on March 31, 2011

    If you have the desire and passion to hit the books again, be proud to be called a non-traditional student, you could soon be hearing that familiar graduation march. Read More

  45. How's your insurance coverage holding up?

    Published on March 29, 2011

    Many people don’t plan for the unexpected so they find themselves in a tough situation when something catastrophic happens. It can be tough to think about these devastating events and hopefully they never happen to you or your loved ones but if you’re prepared it can lessen the pain of the unexpected in life. Read More

  46. Splash into Summer!

    Published on March 24, 2011

    Summer is right around the corner and vacation season is almost here! Summertime also brings landscape and construction projects or perhaps even a new home! If any of these are in your future summer plans, you'll need to have a payment course of action. Read More

  47. Is your high school student College bound?

    Published on March 22, 2011

    College should be about affordable higher education and most schools will provide financial aid options like loans, grants, scholarships and military ROTC benefits. Read More

  48. Financing for Man’s Best Friend!

    Published on March 17, 2011

    Spring time is a great time to add a new pet to your family. But first, you should do your research to find what kind of pet would fit your lifestyle. Read More

  49. To spend, or not to spend, your Tax Return?

    Published on March 15, 2011

    It’s not Christmas but it can feel like it with the sum of money we look forward to – the tax return. Be smart about that hard earned money! Read More

  50. Debt consolidation as a type of Stress Management!

    Published on March 10, 2011

    When people refer to stress management they usually talk about stress balls to squeeze, getting a massage or taking a pill. When we talk about debt management it means we can’t squeeze another penny out of our pocket for the bills, massage our accounts to work in our favor and there most certainly isn’t a magic wand or pill to solve the problem. Read More

  51. It’s never too late to spring into Savings!

    Published on March 8, 2011

    Many people are getting ready for some major spring cleaning but instead of cleaning your house, start focusing on your savings. Now is a perfect time to start stashing away money and getting it organized. Read More

  52. Dreaming of Motorcycles while winter storms rage!

    Published on March 3, 2011

    Late winter is one of the best times to find bargain prices on motorcycles, motorcycle parts and motorcycle accessories. Read More

  53. Spring Cleaning for your Credit

    Published on March 1, 2011

    This is the perfect time to evaluate your credit situation and start to make those needed improvement. Read More

  54. In the market for a new home or refinancing an existing loan?

    Published on February 24, 2011

    If you are looking to buy a new home or refinance your existing mortgage loan, be prepared as the process may not be as easy as you think. With the unemployment rates, extremely low home prices and foreclosures on the rise, consumers are finding it difficult to get financing. Read More

  55. Cheap Travel Deals are the cure for Spring Fever

    Published on February 22, 2011

    The harsh winter has many people booking Spring Break getaways and planning summer vacations. Before you start packing your swimsuit you better start looking for those cheap travel deals..... Read More

  56. Saying ‘I Do’? Tips for a budget friendly wedding.

    Published on February 17, 2011

    Planning for your wedding, with the wedding dresses, wedding reception, wedding decorations, not to mention the wedding rings can really stretch the wedding budget, check out personal loan or credit cards options that can help pay for all of these expenses. Read More

  57. Shopping for a department store credit card? Consider this...

    Published on February 15, 2011

    Can't decide between a Kohls, Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart or Old Navy department store credit card or a regular rewards credit card, here are some things to think about. Read More

  58. Getting Credit with limited credit or no credit.

    Published on February 11, 2011

    If you have bad credit, limited credit or no credit, there are specific credit cards designed to help improve, build and establish your credit score on your credit report. Read More

  59. Jaw dropping Valentine's Day gift ideas.

    Published on February 10, 2011

    Gift ideas and finance options for Valentine's Day loved ones. Whether you are considering jewelry, a new car, home remodel, plastic surgery or a vacation, we have finance options for them all. Read More

  60. Know how to spot a credit repair scam.

    Published on February 8, 2011

    There are lots of companies claiming to help repair your credit, educate yourself on how to spot a fraud. Read More

  61. Looking for a credit card with guaranteed approval?

    Published on February 3, 2011

    Horizon Gold is a great credit card option for poor credit or damaged credit with guaranteed approval. Read More

  62. How to save money on Auto Insurance Rates.

    Published on February 1, 2011

    Tips for Saving Money on Auto Insurance Rates Read More

  63. Alternatives to home equity loans or mortgage refinancing?

    Published on January 25, 2011

    An alternative to a home equity loan or mortgage refinance loan may be a short term loan for some. Read More

  64. What to look for in small business credit.

    Published on January 20, 2011

    When looking for a small business card there are several options available. American Express has their SimplyCash Business Card with benefits on purchases. If you are using rewards credit cards for your business credit card, check out the savings from FedEx, Hertz and more when you use the Open Savings from Amex. Read More


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