How to enjoy the summer on a budget

As the summer season is in full effect, it’s time to enjoy and have some fun. Summer seems to pass by so fast, so you want to get the most out of it and live and love life. All of that fun can come at a cost, though. Luckily, there are ways you can enjoy the summer on a budget. Here are eight ways to have fun in the summer without breaking the bank.

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7 Graduation Gifts for the New Grad In Your Life

Every May and June, graduates across the country leave their old college life behind to begin a new chapter of adulthood. It’s an exciting time full of lots of transitions. To congratulate the graduate in your life for all of their hard work, you want to get them something to commemorate the beginning of their new life. Here are seven graduation gifts to consider for the new grad in your life.

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Financial Literacy: Paying it Forward

All of us have a financial story that is influenced by our childhood. That story can lead to overspending and mismanaging money — and if we're honest, it's tough to break. Financial Gym client, Rebecca, is working with us to ditch her spending habits after a childhood in poverty and learning how to keep the money she makes. Not only that, she's now paying it forward to others in her community. Read on to learn more. 

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4 Ways to Change Your Money Mindset from Scarcity to Abundance

Have you ever felt like you’ll always be broke? Do you always feel like there’s never enough money? If that’s the case, we hate to break it to you: you have a scarcity mindset. You focus on lack, rather than growth. Here’s the good news. You can switch up your money mindset! Is it easy? No. But it’s possible to make progress, so you can better your relationship with money. Here are four ways to shift your money mindset.

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6 Ways to Keep Your Summer Spending in Check

As the days get longer and the temperatures start to rise, you know summer is around the corner. Summertime is all about fun in the sun and enjoying life with friends and loved ones. And there’s no shortage of things to do either. There are music festivals everywhere you look, backyard BBQs, camping getaways, and happy hours on bustling patios. All of this fun can lead to good times but also wreck your budget. Before you let your finances go off the deep end, here’s how to keep your summer spending in check.

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Investing 101: How to Start Investing

When you hear the word “investing”, what do you think of? You might instantly think of The Wolf of Wall Street or think of men in suits or terms that seem like another language. Let’s face it, everything about investing can seem confusing and like it is for “them” and not “us.” But here’s the thing. Investing is for everyone and is one of the few surefire ways to build wealth and beat the cost of inflation. But if you don’t know much about investing or how to get started, it can prevent you from taking action. No more excuses! Here’s your beginner’s guide on how to start investing.

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5 Tips for Debt Management

Do you feel like you’re over your head in debt? You’re not alone. It’s easy to be in denial about how much debt you’re in or feel overwhelmed with the process. While paying off debt isn’t easy, it is possible. Here are five tips for debt management.

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How to Read Your Brokerage Account Statement

If you’re investing for your future, give yourself a pat on the back. Whether you’re investing in a 401(k), ETFs, mutual funds or other investment vehicles, you’re already ahead of the curve. It’s great to start investing as it beats the cost of inflation and can help you build wealth for your future. The problem most newbie investors face is how to make sense of all the information they get from the brokerage firm. Brokerage firms are required to provide monthly or quarterly brokerage statements. It can look like another language if you’re not sure how to read it. If you have a brokerage account, here’s how to understand your brokerage statements.

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5 Tips to Getting Your SO On Board with Your Financially Fit Journey

You’ve finally had enough of being broke and overspending and are ready to get financially fit. There’s just one problem. Bae isn’t on board. Let’s be real, getting financially fit requires some changes and when you must do things differently, not everyone in life will be as thrilled about it as you. But your relationship can have a huge impact on your journey so how do you get your SO on board? Here are five tips for getting your significant other on board with your financially fit journey.

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5 Ways to Get the Most Out of A Money Windfall

Whether you’ve just found out Grandma Betty died and left you a sum of money, or you got a huge bonus or miraculously won the lotto, you’re probably wondering one thing: What’s the best way to use your newfound wealth? There are no shortage of ways to spend money but without having a plan, you can easily stick to where you’re at or be more worse off than you were before the windfall.

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Caitlin Lyttle
What My Financially Naked Session Was Like

One of the biggest areas of anxiety in my life is my finances. I hate budgeting. I’m not good at negotiating my salary. I check my bank accounts with trepidation and have no idea how my 401(k) works or what its means to invest. As I started working and saving, I knew that I needed to get my finances in order, but I felt so overwhelmed that I didn’t even know where to start.

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Message from the CEO: Mental Health

In case you didn’t know, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. I think it’s interesting that it falls the month after Financial Literacy Month because there is such a strong connection between the two; and I never truly saw just how much until I experienced it firsthand last year.

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Shannon McLay
How to Help Your Elderly Parents

Let’s face it, you’re not getting any younger. And neither are your parents. At this point, they’re getting up there and you’re starting to worry about their finances and security. What will happen to them? What do you need to do to make sure they have a plan in place for their finances? It can be tough to think about but taking action now and having a conversation now can help everyone. Here’s how to help your elderly parents to get their finances and care in order.

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Caitlin Lyttle