Mortgage or No Mortgage: Why Your Personal Financial Plan Is Crucial

Whether or not to pay off your mortgage is a very individual decision that is based on a number of factors. My sister and I were having a conversation not too long ago about mortgages as she and her spouse were refinancing their home in Northern California. I was throwing ideas out to her about keeping the original first mortgage they had in place and blasting away the second using a debt elimination tool like Shred My Mortgage. The first mortgage had a healthy balance but a relatively low interest rate and the second mortgage was hovering around $40,000 with …

5 Beneficial Ways To Use Your Tax Refund

5 Beneficial Ways To Use Your Tax Refund While tax time can be a dreaded time of year, your tax refund can set you up for greater financial success IF you use it to your benefit. Seemingly unlike everyone else, I really enjoy tax season. Working at a financial firm for years, we were consistently busy just before tax day. While our clients were stressing to make the deadline, I had started preparing my taxes January 1. Minus the fact that I am a finance nerd, the excitement of  filing my taxes and deciding what to do with my refund made the …