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How to Survive Financially When a Marriage Fails

When the dream of living happily ever after turns into a nightmare of a marriage, divorce may be the only workable solution. In addition to the emotional turmoil surrounding a divorce, couples need to deal with the financial realities of going their separate ways. The cost of a lawyer and the loss of a spouse’s income may come at a high price for one or both parties. Couples may each walk away from the marriage with significantly lower income, assets and retirement savings. Although divorce is not recommended as an easy solution to marital problems, the situation need not necessarily be a financial disaster. Here are a few positive financial outcomes that can somewhat lessen the pain of divorce. Easier Budgeting and More Control Over Money It’s no secret that fights over money are a prime mover on the rocky road to divorce. Left solo, partners are free to choose…

6 Things That Can Derail Your Savings and How to Get Back on Track

Finding extra money to save at the end of each month can be difficult. Mortgage, car payments, insurance, school loans and groceries, the list of budgeted expenses goes on. Add in unexpected expenses that are bound to pop-up and, at the end of the month, your paycheck is spoken for. While many of us have good intentions when it comes to saving, roadblocks often impede the way to savings success. Here are six things that can derail your savings and tips to get back on track and achieve your savings goals. Not Having a Clear Savings Plan and Budget Without a clear vision of your financial goals and a roadmap for achieving them, it’s easy to slip and let spending take the place of saving. Knowing what your saving for, whether it be retirement or a vacation, and how much you’ll need, helps you keep your eye on the prize.…

Changes in Daily Habits Can Produce Big Savings

You’ve survived the big spending season known as the holidays and may be dismayed at the state of your finances – credit card bills due, depleted funds in your savings account and a general feeling of being broke. Welcome to January. If you’re like many people who make New Year’s resolutions, you may be dreaming about ending the cycle of spending too much with a firm resolve to increase your savings. Take courage – it’s not as hard as you may think. Here are some practical tips on how to live on less and save more in 2018: Sign up for Free Customer Rewards Programs Plenty of retailers, online as well as actual stores, offer rewards for shopping at their business. These are discounts, rebates and special sales just for members of the club. The down side is having your inbox filled with offers, sometimes several times a week or…

Back Up Your Words With Life Insurance

We all say certain phrases that become part of who we are. And even if they aren’t hashtag-worthy, others are listening. The meaningful words we use to talk about loved ones and our passions provide a glimpse into who we are and what we value most. But you’ve probably also heard the saying, actions speak louder than words – right? It’s important to stop and consider what we say and whether our actions are aligned with our words. Life insurance is one way to back up what we say about who matters most and what we feel is important. Let’s take a closer look. Marrying My Best Friend You knew each other for years before you realized you were meant to be together. Now you’re living in your dream home and you have plans for a wonderful future. And you proudly announce to anyone who will listen you married your best…