Having an EMV card doesn’t mean your data’s safer … yet

If your credit card issuer has already sent you a new card featuring an metallic square on its face, congrats. You’re ready for the national shift to a data-encryption card technology known as EMV. In fact, you may be more prepared than the majority of U.S. retailers.

4 tips for saving on baby costs

Soon after my husband and I found out we were expecting, I drew up a list of "must-have" baby items — ranging from a car seat and stroller to baby sunscreen. At the time, I thought I was being selective. But when I added everything up, I was shocked: It would cost us nearly $2,000 to purchase the items on my list — and I hadn’t even included diapers and baby clothes, apart from a few basics.

The Down and Dirty on Cruise Savings

If you haven’t taken a cruise lately, you might be surprised by the variety of offerings now available. No longer are cruises the sole province of greasy buffets, cheesy dance contests and screaming kids – some of the newer ships are downright luxurious, offering five star dining created by celebrity chefs and onboard activities to [...]

5 Easy Ways to Save More Money

If I’ve learned anything in my work as a financial planner during the past eight years, it’s that if something is too hard to implement in our financial lives, chances are we just won’t do it.  Most of us know the importance of saving for financial goals, but go about saving all wrong—and therefore make [...]

Squeezing in a Last Minute Summer Getaway

It’s not too late to squeeze in a last-minute summer getaway.  Whether you’re looking for something adrenaline pumping or serene   – there’s no doubt that creating a budget will help you plan. Here are seven budget-friendly tips to help you make your dollar and your fun go farther. 1. Budget first.  Before you plan anything, [...]

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