Love, Money and Preventing Financial Feuds

Love, Money and Preventing Financial Feuds
Jennifer Profitt/WSMH-TV (Flint, MI)

14 February 2016

“I pretty much handle everything, I’m a control freak,” said Gabriella Ramirez, who’s getting married later this year. She’s been with her fiancé for seven years, and they’ve found a system that works well for them. Still, financial counselor Midea Porterfield, a financial counselor with GreenPath, Inc. Saginaw Township, said it’s a good idea to make sure both partners are aware of your household spending and saving.

6 Money Clues Your Date is a Financial Disaster -

6 money clues your date is a financial disaster
Dawn Papandrea/

11 February 2016
Deciding whether to build a future with someone goes beyond just physical attraction and common interests. The most successful couples often have similar financial goals and money habits. Consider this: The top four reasons behind money fights among couples are spending habits (67 percent), not saving enough (37 percent), bills (33 percent) and debt (29 percent), according to the 2015 Fidelity Investments "Couples Retirement Study."

Need to Slash Student Debt? Watch out for Rip-offs - USA Today

Need to slash student debt? Watch out for rip-offs
Susan Tompor/USA Today (via Detroit Free Press)

7 February 2016

Who would have thought you could run into a land mine of rip-offs just trying to find a way to slash a few bucks off your student loan payment each month? Borrower beware.

Play it Safe with Zero Percent on Purchases - Credit Card Forum

Play it safe with 0 percent on purchases
Kristin McGrath/CreditCardForum

5 February 2016
A card with an introductory 0 percent APR on purchases can seem like an answer to your cash-strapped prayers. envelope advertising 0%.  Yet before you apply, you’ll need to figure out if you’re the type of person who can use one of these deals safely, or if you’ll incur massive financial damage.

Watch out for those ATM Fees - KABB-TV/FOX (San Antonio)

Keep ATM Fees in Check
KABB-TV/FOX (San Antonio)

29 January 2016

San Antonio — Recently, it was reported that consumers were charged more than $6 billion in ATM and overdraft fees in 2015.

GreenPath Financial Wellness was in on "Fox News Midday" to explain how to save money when using an ATM.

7 Ways to Save Money for an Emergency Fund - Investopedia

7 Ways to Save Money for an Emergency Fund
Terri Williams/Investopedia

7 Janury 2016

Life is full of unexpected surprises, and some of them can really put a dent in your budget. Emergency situations, such as repairing a car, replacing an appliance, paying a large health insurance deductible, or taking an unexpected trip, can deplete your savings or cause you to make unwise decisions that may cripple your financial future.

Debt Management in 2016 - WNHR-FM/NPR (Concord, New Hampshire)

Debt Management in the New Year
The Exchange - Laura Knoy, NHPR

4 January 2016

Many Americans in the new year are resolving to become better budgeters, to spend less, and to pay down their debt. But while a consumer-driven culture has certainly contributed to overspending and increasing debt for many the economy and sluggish wage growth in recent years has also made it harder to be as thrifty as our frugal ancestors might have hoped.

Sticking with Your 2016 Financial Resolutions - WSMH-TV/FOX (Flint, MI)

Sticking with Your 2016 Financial Resolutions
Jennifer Profitt/WSMH-TV/FOX (Flint, MI)

January 4, 2016

We all know the drill; New Year, new you, you make a resolution and then you forget about it a week later. However, it doesn’t need to be that way, especially if your resolution is financial in nature. “If you want to make a financial resolution, really number one, identify your goals,” said Midea Porterfield, Financial Counselor with GreenPath Financial Wellness.

Paying Back Holiday Debt - WSMH-TV/FOX (Flint, MI)

Paying Back Holiday Debt
Jennifer Profitt/WSMH-TV/FOX (Flint, MI)

24 December 2015

You might be doing some last minute gift-wrapping tonight and maybe the cost of all those gifts is finally hitting you. If you’re looking at some holiday debt, you’ll want to think about your re-payment plan.