When Should I Give in to the Urge to Splurge?

When Should I Give in to the Urge to Splurge?

Q: Is it ever OK to give in to the urge to splurge?

A: We all know it’s best to curb impulse buys as much as possible, and to stick to our predetermined budgets. But sometimes, it’s perfectly fine to bend the rules a little bit and splurge

What’s the Best Way to Pay for Holiday Shopping?

What’s the Best Way to Pay for Holiday Shopping?

Q: I’m ready to start my holiday shopping, but I’m not sure how to cover all my purchases. What’s the best way to pay for my holiday shopping?

A: As with most large expenses, when it comes to covering the cost of your holiday

Travel Hacks - Your Complete Guide to Vacation Budgets

Travel Hacks: Your Complete Guide to Vacation Budgets

It’s great to get away from the daily grind, but budgets never go on vacation. The classic rules of sticking to your spending plan and not racking up bills you cannot pay still apply when you’re on vacation. The good news is, a vacation budget will actually make your trip more relaxing. When every dollar is accounted for

4 Ways to Stay Financially Fit this Summer

4 Ways to Stay Financially Fit this Summer

Ahh…summer! The season of flip-flops and sunscreen, of lemonade and baseball games. What’s not to love about summer?

Unfortunately, though, summer is also the season of overspending for many. When the sun is blazing across a cloudless sky and the day stretches on with endless possibilities, purse strings are looser and cards are swiped

12 Steps to Financial Wellness-Step 5: Practice Mindful Spending

12 Steps to Financial Wellness-Step 5: Practice Mindful Spending

Creating a budget and deciding to stick to it is easy; it’s actually carrying through on your plan that’s the hard part. For too many people, financial responsibility ends at having good intentions and real life gets in the way of all well-laid plans. A large part of the discrepancy between what

12 Steps to Financial Wellness-Step 4: Have the Money Talk with Your Partner

12 Steps to Financial Wellness-Step 4: Have the Money Talk with Your Partner

You’ve tracked your spending, created a budget, worked on ridding yourself of debt, and are well on your way to a financially secure life. Now you’re ready for step four, in which you’ll have the money talk with your partner.

Talking finances with your partner may not be

12 Steps to Financial Wellness - Step 3: Pay Down Debt

Step 3: Pay Down Debt

You’ve tracked your spending, designed a budget for your monthly expenses, and you’re well on your way to financial wellness. In this next step, you’ll create a plan

12 Steps to Financial Wellness - Step 2: Creating a Budget

Step 2: Creating a Budget

Are you ready to join us on a journey toward financial wellness? Each month, Diamond Valley will focus on one step of a journey of financial wellness. We’ll tackle the topic in detail and help you learn all you need to know about this step. Follow along, and at the end of the year, you’ll have mastered the tools for a life of financial wellness.


12 Steps to Financial Wellness-Step 1: How to Track Your Spending

12 Steps to Financial Wellness-Step 1: How to Track Your Spending

Are you ready to join us on a journey toward financial wellness?
Each month, Diamond Valley will focus on one step of a journey of financial wellness. We’ll tackle the topic in detail and help you learn all you need to know about this step. Follow along, and at the end of the year, you’ll have

Is Inflation Here to Stay?

Person holding cash in hand

Q: These days, I feel like I need to take out a second mortgage just to fill up on gas and restock the pantry. Are these inflated prices here to stay?

A: According to the most recent report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. inflation is currently running at a 13-year high of 5.4% — and it’s showing

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