Why should I pay myself first?

Why should I pay myself first?

By Alan Prahl Many people want to save money but try to save out of their financial leftovers after they have paid everyone else. That’s a lot of people! After paying the mortgage or rent, utilities, food, cellphone, car payment, student loans and restaurant bills...
What graduates need to know about money

What graduates need to know about money

By Alan Prahl As thousands of proud parents celebrate the graduation of their children, many graduates are looking forward to being on their own. Living independently is a significant change. Here are some tips for new graduates. Have a spending plan. Without a budget...
Bougies win 2017 Financial Makeover Challenge

Bougies win 2017 Financial Makeover Challenge

By Alan Prahl Would you like to increase savings or decrease debt? For the last nine years, people have been getting their finances “made over” by participating in the Money Smart Week Fox Cities Financial Makeover Challenge. David and Maria Bougie of Oshkosh won this...
Rightsize Your Lifestyle in Retirement

Rightsize Your Lifestyle in Retirement

Are you planning to retire in the next five years? Are you worried about making your money last? Do you find yourself approaching retirement age and carrying credit card debt? Plan now to attend FISC’s free workshop at 6 p.m. April 18 at the Appleton Public Library....
Caring couples communicate about money

Caring couples communicate about money

By Alan Prahl On Valentine’s Day, we often celebrate and express our love by buying presents like flowers, candy or cards. Another way to build your relationship is to learn to talk about money. While this may initially feel uncomfortable, with practice it becomes...
What will you do with your tax refund?

What will you do with your tax refund?

By Alan Prahl Every tax filing season, advertisements suggest ways to spend tax refunds. It’s easy to give in to the urge to splurge and quickly spend a refund. Don’t spend your refund impulsively on the first thing that comes to mind. Instead, before your money...
Tips for repaying holiday debt

Tips for repaying holiday debt

By Alan Prahl Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to take down the decorations, return unwanted gifts and plan to get rid of holiday debt. Carefully review your credit card bills to make sure there are no unauthorized charges. To eliminate debt more quickly, try...