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.
Summertime is one of our favorite times of the year. Whether it's grilling up some burgers, sitting poolside or enjoy a cool beverage, it's a wonderful time of year to be outside relaxing and soaking up the sun. One of our favorite things to do in the summer is to stop at our local ice cream stand (Giffords and Fielder's Choice Ice Cream are our favs). How can you go wrong eating ice cream on a hot day?
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 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!
We live in a world where things seemingly are becoming more secure. Passwords are becoming more complex. We are switching from normal credit cards to EMV chip secure cards. Confirmation and tracking numbers are now attached to most anything we purchase.
...and we still deal with data breaches and card compromises on a regular basis.
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.
In seeking the best deal on your next car, you might've stumbled upon advertisements or offers to get a 0% interest auto loan. As great as this sounds, you may not save as much as you expect with this type of incentive.
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!
We doubt that you literally throw money away into your trash can, but did you know there are several ways you are throwing money away, and you don't even know it? It's true! There are several things that we spend money on each month that is relatively useless. Where are you wasting your money? Here are a few places we found are the biggest culprits.