Five Tips Towards Financial Wellness in 2017 (Bonus webinar included!)

01/13/2017

Five Tips Towards Financial Wellness in 2017
GreenPath Financial Wellness

13 January 2017

As we get back on schedule after the holidays, it's time to face 2017 head-on! Here are five quick tips to help you on the path to financial wellness this year.

1. Open a separate savings account to force yourself to build an emergency savings fund. Make it separate from your main financial institution, with no ATM card, so you will be forced to go into a branch to withdraw money.

Budgeting Basics for Purchasing Your First Car

01/05/2017

Budgeting Basics for Purchasing Your First Car
By Warren Clarke (guest blogger) CARFAX

5 January 2017

(Editor's note: As U.S. automakers set a new record for cars and trucks sold in 2016, GreenPath welcomes guest blogger Warren Clarke from CARFAX to share five tips on buying a vehicle in 2017.)

Your first car purchase represents an important milestone in your adult life. Owning a car gives you the freedom to travel as you please, but it also brings certain responsibilities. As a car owner, you're tasked with tackling all the expenses associated with purchasing and maintaining your vehicle.

You can avoid unnecessary hassles and stress if you manage this endeavor in a structured and organized way. In other words: prepare a budget.

Study Finds More Staying Within Their Holiday Budget

12/21/2016

Study Finds More Staying Within Holiday Budget
By Kristen Holt, CEO

GreenPath Financial Wellness
22 December 2016

For many Americans the holiday season is an opportunity to focus on the things that matter most in life.  Exchanging gifts is a long-standing tradition and is a way many share joy with loved ones. This tradition may also bring upon financial strain.  
 

How to Maintain Your Budget During the Holidays

12/06/2016

How to Maintain Your Budget During the Holidays
By Katie Bossler, GreenPath financial wellness expert

December 6, 2016

The holiday season is upon us, and that likely means extra shopping, gifts and entertaining! Did you know that the average shopper is expecting to spend $1,400 this holiday season, between gifts, travel and entertaining? In order to make your season merry, I've put together a few ideas to help you maintain your budget in December.

 

 

Couples need to pair up, when it comes to holiday budgeting

11/15/2016

Couples need to pair up, when it comes to holiday budgeting
GreenPath Financial Wellness experts

16 November 2016

As the holidays draw ever closer, you'll likely be dealing with gift giving in your family, in the form of actual gifts or maybe gift cards or cash. Those with spouses or significant others likely will have the added responsibility of getting buy-in or help from the other, when it comes to determining a budget for the holidays. So, as not to get hit with a credit hangover, when the bills come in early next year, here are a few tips GreenPath has put together, to keep everyone's holiday budget merry and bright.

Seven Steps to Financially Prepare Yourself for the Holidays

11/04/2016

Seven tips to financially prepare yourself for the holidays
Federico Pena/GreenPath Financial Wellness expert (San Antonio)

4 November 2016

With the holiday season approaching, now is the perfect time to review your money management practices and work towards a debt-free holiday.

Zombie Debt Lives on Well After Halloween

11/01/2016

Zombie Debt Lives on Well After Halloween
By Katie Bossler/GreenPath Financial Wellness Expert

1 November 2016

While there may have been plenty of witches and ghouls around this Halloween, one thing that will live beyond the spooky holiday season is zombie debt. Yes, zombie debt. It’s not owing money to a cast member of “The Walking Dead.” It is a real thing and we want you to know the signs, so you will be prepared!

Smart Tips for Choosing a Credit Counselor

10/19/2016

Smart Tips for Choosing a Credit Counselor
GreenPath Financial Wellness Staff/Advisor Voices (Nerdwallet)

4 October 2016

(Editor's note: Four GreenPath financial wellness experts recently sat down with the website Nerdwallet to discuss wise ways to choose a non-profit credit counselor.)
When you’re struggling with debt or need help managing your finances, you have different resources to choose from. Many people turn to certified credit counselors, who can offer free or affordable financial education and counseling services through nonprofit agencies.

Do You Hear What I Hear? In September?

09/28/2016

Do You Hear What I Hear? In September?
by Andrew Johnson

GreenPath Communications Manager

Well, it was inevitable. We all knew it was coming, but I didn't think it would show up so soon. I first heard it this morning, while I was in the kitchen. It was faint, at first, but as I walked towards the corner of the ktichen, it got louder. A sort of rhythmic, bell-like sound. It was familiar, but it just seemed too early to be hearing it just yet. But, as I got closer, I confirmed my wildest fears: it was the first TV holiday commercial of the season!

5 Tips to Put Your Money To Work For You

09/21/2016

5 Tips to Put Your Money To Work For You
By Kristen Holt

GreenPath President and CEO

The U.S. Census Bureau recently repoorted that median 2015 US household income rose 5.2 percent, or $2,798, over 2014. This is the first annual increase in median household income, since 2007. At GreenPath, we always encourage people to review their budgets, whenever income increases, to ensure the new income can be put to work positively, instead of simply spending more.

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