How Important Are Standardized Test Scores for College Admission?

2022-01-17T13:27:01+00:00January 15, 2022|Blog, College Planning, Family Financial Information|

Institutions have long used standardized tests to measure students' competency in specific subject areas. Some of the more common areas consist of language, math, science, logic, and reasoning.  Students of all ages have come across these tests. From Common Core in elementary school to the ACT and SAT in high school, educators continuously use standardized tests to evaluate students’ intellect.  ACT and SAT scores have been synonymous with college applications for years. These tests leave [...]

Top Tips to Walk Into 2022 With Confidence and Purpose

2022-01-07T13:58:55+00:00December 1, 2021|Blog, Family Financial Information, General Financial Planning, Lifestyle|

With 2022 just around the corner, thoughts of New Year’s resolutions begin to swirl across the country. Among the expected career and health goals, many individuals will resolve to improve their money management skills in the upcoming year. As the importance of financial education steadily grows, there’s no better time to start making deliberate and informed decisions about your finances than right now. But what decisions should you take into account? How will the current [...]

PSLF Overhaul: What You Need to Know

2021-11-10T03:36:39+00:00October 20, 2021|Blog, College Planning, Family Financial Information|

In October 2021, the US Department of Education initiated an overhaul of the existing Public Service Loan Forgiveness program (PSLF). Per the US Department of Education: “The Department estimates that the limited waiver alone will help over 550,000 borrowers who had previously consolidated their loans see their progress toward PSLF grow automatically, with the average borrower receiving 23 additional payments. This includes approximately 22,000 borrowers who will be immediately eligible to have their federal student [...]

Roth IRAs Aren’t Just for Retirement, They Can Boost Your College Fund, Too

2022-01-07T14:00:31+00:00October 15, 2021|Blog, College Planning, Family Financial Information|

A Roth IRA for college planning can be an important strategy to help foot the education bill. When you think about saving for college, what’s the first thing that comes to mind (besides worrying that you’ll have enough)? The answer is likely 529 plans, as these are the most commonly discussed vehicles concerning college savings. But there are several other options to consider, like Roth IRAs. Although Roth IRAs are primarily known for retirement savings, [...]

How To Create A Family Budget You’ll Actually Want To Stick With

2021-09-01T16:30:24+00:00September 1, 2021|Blog, Cash Flow Analysis, Family Financial Information|

Budgeting is (for most people) a concept far easier said than done. Setting a budget is one thing, but sticking to it can feel tedious and limiting.  The snag is, building and following a budget serves as the foundation of solid family financial planning. If you know you should do it but haven’t had much luck in the past, the question remains:  How do I build a budget I’ll actually stick to? Thankfully, the answer [...]

The Powerful Estate Planning Checklist No New Parent Should Be Without

2021-09-01T16:41:50+00:00August 15, 2021|Blog, Estate Planning, Family Financial Information|

As you're knee-deep in nursery colors, registries, and picking out the perfect name for your new baby, your estate plan is likely at the bottom of your to-do list.  Growing families have a unique set of needs and considerations when it comes to their wealth. As strange as it may seem, having a plan for when you’re gone should be near the top of the list.  How will your money be distributed if you were [...]

4 Top Money Boundaries To Set With Your College-Bound Teen

2021-07-31T01:21:40+00:00August 1, 2021|Blog, College Planning, Family Financial Information, Financial Roadblocks|

As a parent of a college-bound teenager, you likely have a lot on your mind. How will they adjust to campus life? Will they find something they are passionate about? How much will it all cost? College doesn’t come cheap, and it isn’t just the University bill you have to worry about. You certainly want to avoid college credit cards gone wild. While you can’t be there at checkout with them, you could do something [...]

College Costs How Much? Why School Is So Expensive and Tips To Save Better

2021-07-31T01:08:55+00:00July 15, 2021|529 Savings Plan, Blog, College Planning, Family Financial Information|

As many of you probably already know, the average cost of college in the United States has skyrocketed over the last couple of decades. In a 20-year time frame (according to educationdata.org), the average price per year has tripled and is now roughly $35,720. That is $142,880 for a 4-year degree!   Why have college costs ballooned so much? What can parents and students do to prepare for this financial burden? College Tuition Is On The [...]

10 Hidden Costs of Buying a Home

2021-06-07T13:32:04+00:00September 22, 2020|Blog, Family Financial Information, Real Estate|

Buying a house is exciting - and stressful. When it comes to purchasing your new home, it’s important to be realistic about what you can expect to pay. Beyond mortgage and insurance, there are additional costs all new homeowners need to factor in to their buying budget. We’ve gathered up 10 hidden costs we believe every new homebuyer should be aware of when it comes to purchasing their next home. Cost #1: Property Taxes Some [...]

How Our Family Handles Allowance

2020-01-12T15:31:24+00:00January 12, 2020|Blog, Family Financial Information|

Guest Blog Post: I had my wife, Angie, write the blog this month. She and I work together on our family allowance, but I like her simple explanation of our system and thought you would all enjoy hearing from someone else for a change.  We’ve received questions lately about how John and I handle allowance in our family and I thought it would be most expedient if I typed it out in a blog post [...]

Go to Top