Financial Fundamentals Blog

Don’t let your next Vacation leave you with Debt

Summer is officially here, which means families across the United States are preparing to go on vacation. While vacations are great way to spend quality time with loved ones and to unwind, the credit card bills that accumulate afterwards can sour memories of the trip.

Take the time to plan a vacation that will leave you with good memories instead of debt. Here are some tips to keep in mind while planning.
 

Tips for Recent College Grads to Avoid Common Financial Pitfalls

Congratulations! Your hard work has paid off. Diploma in hand, you’re ready to tackle the next phrase of your life.

But the joy of graduating from college can quickly fade once graduates begin to grasp their new-found responsibilities, especially when it comes to their financial future. Navigating rent, a car payment, insurance, cable and groceries can be overwhelming. Throw student loan payments and other financial burdens into the mix, and it can be downright frightening.

The worst thing recent grads can do is to start using credit cards to help them maintain their lifestyle. The average college grad owes $4,100 on credit cards at the time of graduation. Not including student loans. Roughly 69% of graduates took out student loans and owe an average of $29,800 in federal and private debt.
 

Spring is the perfect time to give yourself a fresh financial start

Winter is full of spending habits that can deter you from your financial goals, so spring is the perfect time to clean up your monthly budget. Start small by tidying up your financial paperwork or reviewing your monthly spending habits. Don’t have a budget? Well then spring is the perfect time to give yourself a fresh financial start. Unsure where to begin? Let 7 17 Retirement & Investment Group help you reach your financial goals with tips to create a monthly budget.
 

How to budget for a wedding

The holiday season is one of the most popular times of the year to get engaged. In fact, 40 percent of proposals happen between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. If you’re one of those lucky couples, you’re probably asking yourself, “how do we pay for all of this?” Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with a few tips on how to create a wedding budget that won’t break the bank.
 

Be ready: September is National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month is four weeks designed to ready you for an emergency. And, it seems that both local and national weather is cooperating to remind you of what’s at stake if you don’t have a plan in place. Advanced planning can save you valuable time and money. From the financial to the practical, here are a few ways to make sure you are ready in an emergency.