Being the CFO of Your Own Life

Being the CFO of Your Own Life

by Ryan Dangaran A neighbor of mine is in the process of writing an e-book. This particular e-book is about how to be the CFO of your own life. We discussed this concept over a cup of delicious, bold coffee in Portland a few weeks ago. During our discussion, while we both agreed that the … Continue reading

Going Back to Work After Retirement

Going Back to Work After Retirement

How Social Security, Taxes and Health Care May Be Affected Instead of leaving the workforce at age 65 and hitting the golf course every day, many retirees are going back to work. According to a recent Longevity Alliance and Harris Interactive poll, 43 percent of surveyed retirees seriously considered re-entering the workforce shortly after they … Continue reading

Disaster Happens

Disaster Happens

Getting Back on Your Feet in the Aftermath Natural disasters strike somewhere every day. Whether it’s a tornado, flood, fire, hurricane or some other disaster, many people don’t know what to do to recover, physically or financially. Safety First First, after a disaster listen to the appropriate authorities and do not reenter your home or … Continue reading

Refinancing Your Home

Refinancing Your Home

What You Should Know Before You Make Your Move The U.S. housing market is perking up (so, too, are mortgage rates). As home values rebound, homeowners are looking at options for refinancing their existing mortgages. Your home is your most valuable asset, so it’s smart to consider refinancing period. In the short term, you may … Continue reading

Free Webchat on Credit Scores

Free Webchat on Credit Scores

Unravel the Mystery of the Credit Score On Jul. 31, 1-2 p.m. ET, the AICPA’s Feed the Pig campaign will be hosting a live Q&A with National CPA Financial Literacy Commission members Kelley Long and Clare Levison. The chat will focus on credit scores. You can register at the Benjamin Bankes Facebook page. We highly … Continue reading

College Student Budgeting 101

How to Make Sure Spending Money Lasts Through the School Year College students are heading back to campus, their bank accounts replenished with summer job money and possibly student loan funds. Will it be enough to last all year? There are ways to improve the odds. College students face a lot of expenditures on campus, … Continue reading

Planning a Budget-Friendly Vacation

Summer Fun Without Breaking the Bank   Summer’s here and that means picnics, fireworks and, if you’re like a lot of Americans, a vacation. A survey by American Express shows the average vacation in 2013 will cost $1,145 per person. Whether you’re heading to the beach, the mountains or even abroad, you’ll want to find … Continue reading

The Rising Cost of Day Care

Manage Your Costs, Maximize Your Deductions The cost of childcare in the U.S. has climbed dramatically over the last three decades. Unfortunately, wages aren’t keeping pace with the skyrocketing increases, and working parents are struggling to keep up. According to a report released by ChildCare Aware of America, the average annual cost of full-time childcare … Continue reading