Bellwether's Blog on life and money
DIVIDING ASSETS: WHAT TO DO IN A DIVORCE
One of the most difficult aspects of divorce, after custody issues, typically concerns the division of marital assets. While in recent years the courts have tried to make this process of splitting up assets in a divorce simpler and fairer, divorce can create many complex legal and taxation issues. According to the Michigan Association of CPAs, it is imperative that both parties in a divorce seek the advice of qualified professionals who can help address the critical financial issues involved when ending a marriage.Read More
SIX TIPS FOR SAVING MONEY ON THE FIRST YEAR OF COLLEGE
Everyone knows that college tuition and fees are high-cost items, but what about the many other expenses associated with higher education? Parents of freshmen are often very surprised by the price of books, travel, dorm accessories and other college necessities. The Michigan Association of CPAs offers six tips on how to save on these and other expenses.Read More
MONEY-SAVING TIPS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
Some see college as a step removed from the “real world.” But the many college students find themselves surviving on a shoestring budget know better. For them, saving money is not just a real-world concern; it is a matter of necessity.
With school getting underway again soon, here are some timely tips to help undergrads cash in on money-saving opportunities, courtesy of the Financial Planning Association, the nation’s largest organization of personal financial planning experts:Read More
TIPS FOR COMPLETING THE FAFSA
Each year, June 30 is the online filing deadline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). (Note: State governments have their own deadlines for their forms.)
FAFSA is the form the federal government requires before you can qualify for any federal education aid. Today, the application is an online process on the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid website. It’s a lengthy process, but the site takes students and parents through each stage step-by-step.
BUYING A HOME: SEVEN EASY STEPS
Home ownership remains one of the best investments you'll ever make. Just think, what other investment can you make that will not only give you a solid return on your money but will also be something you use each day?
If you are looking at buying a home, here are the seven basic steps to follow:Read More