Inflation has been a big topic of late, as everyone has watched prices rise in recent months. Indeed, the Consumer Price Index (CPI), a measure of inflation tracked by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), has risen 6.2% over the past year (ending in October 2021), the largest 12-month increase since 1990. However, this … Continue reading Cheaper Groceries? Depends What and Where You’re Buying: Grocery Store Price Changes from June to November 2021 in State College, PA
I recently bought a Boden sweater for less than $10. No, I did not find my bargain at a local goodwill or thrift store; in fact, I bought a brand new sweater shipped directly from Boden. Even though I cannot guarantee the strategies stated below are going to land you the same deal, they can … Continue reading How I Spent No More than 10 Bucks on a Boden Jumper
The coronavirus pandemic has made us more reliant on online shopping than ever. According to the latest Digital Commerce 360 analysis, consumers in the U.S. spent $861.12 billion online in 2020, up 44% from $598.02 billion in 2019. Statewide lockdowns and fear of contracting the virus deterred consumers from visiting brick-and-mortar stores, resulting in the … Continue reading How to Use Cashback Monitor to Maximize Your Savings
We've all heard that investing in the stock market is risky and have encountered stories about people losing it all when investing poorly. People say that in order to keep your money safe, you should store it in the bank. That way you know it'll be there when you need it. But is this really … Continue reading Is Investing Riskier Than Saving?
Life is full of uncertainties. You may be having a perfectly fine day, and then all of a sudden, disaster strikes. Whether it's losing your job or ending up in the hospital, or even a more minor unexpected problem like your car breaking down, these setbacks can be devastating to those who are not prepared. … Continue reading Everything You Need To Know About Emergency Funds
Food-related expenses are the third largest category of expenditures for American families, according to the 2019 Consumer Expenditure Survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. We previously published an article about how to save on your grocery bill, but another way to save money is by switching up your meal choices with cheaper (but … Continue reading Save Money By Switching To Healthier, More Satisfying Meals
Many people think that the primary way to become financially independent is by increasing your income so that you can quickly build up a nest egg. Others think that your savings rate is the most important. The truth is there are pros and cons to both approaches, and the fastest way to FI is by … Continue reading Which Is More Important For Reaching Financial Independence: Increasing Income or Increasing Savings Rate?
Everyone wants to be a millionaire, but no one wants to work for it. Here's the good news: you don't have to! There's a simple way to become a millionaire with almost no extra work. It only takes three steps. Step 1: Save No matter what income you make, save a portion of it every … Continue reading The Simple Way To Become A Millionaire
There has been a lot of talk about student loan debt in the news over the past couple years. The prevailing wisdom is that this debt, which students had to incur to pursue an education for a better life, is burdening the young generation and preventing them from succeeding. Recently, President Joe Biden has expressed … Continue reading Infographic: Student Loan Debt – Is It Really A Crisis?
Is a Private Kindergarten Worth it? Back in January, one of my clients on Fiverr asked me to proofread and edit his written responses for his daughter's private school application. They were interested in applying for 'lolani School, which is known as the "best private K-12 school in Hawai'i." The application consisted of four parts, … Continue reading Your Kindergarten Classroom May Impact How Much You Earn, Study Suggests