Monica Buck, countryliving.com
Only 328 shopping days left until Christmas. Now before you reach out to thump me with something hard (like the skis in this photo), let me explain. There’s a perfectly good reason why Christmas is on my mind in February. It’s because I want you/me/we to avoid a holiday debt hangover like many Americans still have two months into the new year. How’d they get it? Spending more money than they had. Continue reading
Break out the cake, I’m ready to celebrate. Why? Because this month marks ten years since I closed my account at a traditional big-name bank and joined Las Colinas Federal Credit Union. Frustrated by the fee-heavy, impersonal ways of banks, one day I went searching for something better. And I found it at my neighborhood credit union. Wonder if a credit union is right for you? Here’s why I believe a credit union is better than a bank and that you’ll be happier if you make the switch, too. Continue reading
Leery to open Christmas cards for fear they’re bills in disguise? Might Santa leave coal in every stocking in the house because you’ve been so bad at paying bills on time? Is the only extra green in your home snipped from a shrub? If so, stop hanging your head in shame and reaching for extra shots of eggnog. You’ve got to get busy if you want to turn things around and start the new year out with a strong financial safety net in place. Las Colinas Federal Credit Union has four money management tools that makes this not only possible…but easy to do. Continue reading
As the holidays near, we’d all like to create picture perfect scenes like this with gifts galore, beautifully dressed kids and even a roly poly pup or two beneath the tree. But beware. Such Norman Rockwell moments can be pricey, leading to overspending and a post-holiday financial hangover as big as the state of Texas. Continue reading
It’s a fact. Babies are a-dor-a-ble (four words!). Whether suited up for Halloween fun, snuggling in our arms or simply smiling those smiles, babies light up our lives in so many ways. In return, it’s up to us (parents, aunts and uncles alike) to care for them well and plan ahead so they grow up feeling not only loved, but financially secure. Continue reading
We all hope our parents and grandparents will enjoy their golden years like this–strolling through the park, hand-in-hand, with a precious grandchild.
Sweet Water Portraits, countryliving.com
Or turning on the charm like Nana Betty, the spunky 89 year-old granny who didn’t blink an eye at being a bridesmaid in her granddaughter’s wedding.
Although these aren’t photos of my now-retired parents, they could be. Mine are among the lucky ones whose golden years are something to smile about. If you’d like to ensure that your loved ones experience the very best, too, then now’s the time to help protect them from financial abuse. Continue reading
Bjorn Wallander, architecturaldigest.com
Have you driven your finances into a Texas-sized ditch trying to keep up with the Jones’s or, in this case, George Clooney (after all, who wouldn’t like living in a luxe Los Cabos home like his?); Continue reading