Your House Is A Money Pit (But You Can Change That!)

If you own a house, you know that being a homeowner has both pros and cons. Pro: The people screaming upstairs are probably your children and you can tell them to settle down. Pro: You earn equity against your house as you pay down your mortgage which means you can take out a home equity line of credit for various expenses that may arise in your life. Con: Things break, and when you're the landlord and owner, you have to fix them. Con: Mowing your lawn is not always pleasant. Con: Your house is potentially a money pit.

"Wait...what's a money pit?"

Preventing a Scam

If you have a pulse, and we assume that you do if you are reading this, you've probably been contacted to participate in a scam. Each week we hear about new scams, and unfortunately many people fall victim to the false lotteries, Craigslist offers and "hostage situations". Perhaps you have been contacted by one of these scam artists and aren't exactly sure what to do when you pick up the phone. Here's a few strategies the next time you get an email or phone call and aren't sure what to do.

Beat the Heat on a Dime

Summer is officially here, and with that comes warmer temperatures. We're lucky to live in a state that doesn't generally get obscenely hot (sorry, Arizona), but that's not to say that we never experience heat waves in Maine. In fact, often times we experience humidity along with the heat. Have you ever heard someone say, "It's not the heat, it's the humidity?" There's some truth to that statement. 85 degrees in Arizona feels completely different than 85 degrees here in Maine.

Running and Finances

Running a race, and personal finances are actually more similar than you would imagine. While the two may seem different in nature, there are several different aspects to race/run training that you can apply to personal finances in your own life. We like visual comparisons. We hope you do too. If you're not a runner, that's okay! We still think this post will be something that you can relate to. So what are the similarities between running a race and setting financial goals? We're glad you asked!

Questions To Ask Before Getting Married

Did you know that June is one of the busiest months of the year for weddings? It's true! There's something about a warm sunny day with the flowers in full bloom that gets couples excited about tying the knot in June. If you're planning on getting married in the near future, chances are, you'll be combining your finances with your spouse. This may seem easier said than done, but it can also lead to headaches when you're trying to figure out your lives.

Saving Money on BBQ Season

Barbecue season is officially upon us! There's something relaxing about firing up the grill and cooking up a tasty spread for friends and family. If you're like us and invite people over to your house for grilling season, you can rack up a pretty hefty grocery bill if you aren't careful. Between the meat, salads, drinks and charcoal/propane, one meal can put a substantial hole in your pocket. If you're planning on holding a cookout soon, here's some tips to make sure you're getting the most bang for your buck!