Finances are an important part of our lives, whether we like it or not. At least twice a year we should reassess them and clean house, so to speak, as well as address any thorny issues. Confronting our financial challenges head-on makes them less daunting. In order to help you do this, we’ve hand-picked what we consider the most helpful finance articles on Mamiverse. Be sure to click on each title to read the full post.
WHY WOMEN MUST BE MORE FINANCIALLY SAVVY
Shay Olivarria explains in simple terms why women usually fall short in this area and gives tips on how to gain or regain control of our bank accounts and credit scores.
FINANCIAL MATTERS TO DISCUSS BEFORE MARRIAGE
Sure, getting married can be as romantic as in a fairy tale, but money ranks high in matters of marital disputes. Find out what you should discuss before saying “I do,” to make sure you stay happily married.
FINANCIAL INFIDELITY: NOT JUST A WOMAN THING
Have you ever hid a purchase or expense from your spouse? Did you stop to consider that he may be doing the same thing? Laura Carbonell explains why this happens and how you can stop the behavior from wrecking your marriage.
THE FINANCIAL COST OF OWNING A DOG
Before you take that loveable pup home from the adoption center, make sure you have enough money to pay for his upkeep. Michael Lohr breaks down the yearly cost of owning a dog.
PREPPING FOR THE SUDDEN LOSS OF YOUR SPOUSE
Of course you don’t want to even consider this possibility, but it’s real. Rebecca Aguilar interviews Chanel Reynolds, who launched “Get Your Shit Together”—a website that helps women do exactly that— after her husband was killed while biking.
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USING YOUR CREDIT CARD AS A FINANCIAL TOOL
Whether we like it or not, we live in a credit-based society. You can’t have a good credit score if you don’t … well, use credit. Shay Olivarria explains how to use your credit card to work in your favor.
INNOVATIVE & EASY WAYS TO MAKE EXTRA MONEY
Managing your money sounds like a great concept, unless you don’t make enough of it! Karen Cordaway gives us tips on creative and relatively easy ways to bring in some extra cash.
FINANCING YOUR KIDS’ COLLEGE EDUCATION
This is a top concern for parents. A good financial planner will tell you to put your own retirement before your children’s college funds, so here you have tips on how to finance their education without breaking the bank.
TAX BREAKS FOR PARENTS
Before tax season rolls around, make sure you are aware of the breaks you can get as a parent, whether you are single, divorced or married.
BAD SPENDING HABITS OF BUSY MOMS: BREAK THEM!
We know you’re busy and are easy prey to bad spending habits, such as using the ATM in the 7-Eleven near you, instead of driving to your bank. Read our tips on how to avoid these common pitfalls.