Your own independence day

Your own independence day

This July, why not set a goal for financial independence? For some, being financially secure means building a rainy day fund and to another it can mean having the money for a purchase. Think about what it means to you and then work toward setting off some budgeting...
All-American savings

All-American savings

Now that you have set goals for financial independence, decide how to put those plans into action. This takes some planning, but it’s worth the feeling of accomplishment when your savings grow. Some ways to gain control of your finances might mean packing a lunch and...
Declare your financial freedom

Declare your financial freedom

Amber’s story Amber wanted to save up for a new car. She wanted independence from relying on friends and the bus system to get to work. But, she also realized that she wasn’t good at saving. Each month, Amber seemed to be at the end of her paycheck after she paid her...
Fun & free summer ideas

Fun & free summer ideas

Now that summer is in full swing and the kids are out of school, it’s time to have a little fun. Try these free or low-cost ideas: Get outside. Hike one of the many trails in the area or walk along the river. Go on a bike ride and pack a picnic for a halfway stop....
Seeing the forest through the trees

Seeing the forest through the trees

Have you ever noticed that being outside helps you feel more relaxed? Spending time in nature can give you a new perspective on life and distance from issues often helps the thinking process. Try going to a park, a river or even your own backyard. Embrace the calm and...