Smart Strategies to Save Money on a Dream Wedding

You may have had your dream wedding in mind since you were young. But as a child, you may not have been able to understand the costs associated with this special day and how quickly they can add up. But you shouldn’t have to go into debt just because you want a fairytale beginning. The following are smart strategies that can help you save money without sacrificing all of your romantic dreams. Be Mindful of the Guest List Staying true to your budget can be a challenge, especially with ever changing plans. Unfortunately, unexpected issues such as car repairs and household expenses are going to continually arise. If you’re planning for a wedding and looking to trim costs, the first place to start is the guest list. The more people that you invite, the more food, beverages and favors you’ll need. Keep your wedding a more intimate affair by only inviting close friends and family members. Since children can be costly, make your wedding an adult’s only celebration. Save in Advance Most couples hope to make their wedding unforgettable. But it can take time and careful planning to prepare for this special day. Weddings also cost a pretty penny. Although … Read more

3 People Who Should Have Life Insurance But Don’t

You might be surprised at how many people in America do not have life insurance. Then again, you might not be surprised. Only about 62% of American adults have some form of life insurance. And while this is much better than nothing, there are many people who would greatly benefit from having an appropriately outfitted life insurance policy. There are significant populations who would be much better prepared for the future with life insurance, but who have comparatively few members who participate in this financial preparation tool. Here are three of the groups who could use life insurance the most. Parents with young children (or, really, children of any age below 18) are frequently found to be without life insurance. This can happen for many reasons, but the two most common are a feeling of financial insufficiency and simply not paying attention to the issue. Parents may feel like there is not real need for life insurance. This might be due to their feeling that they aren’t in danger of early death because of their health, family history, or personal caution. Still, unfortunate accidents can happen. In most cases, if any parental partner were to lose their life, immediate financial … Read more

Escape Debt And Swim For Gold With Ryan Lochte &

Ryan Lochte is a six time Olympic Gold medalist and American champion swimmer. He was sponsored by Speedo soon after finishing college and has been under contract with them since. However, recent events occurring in Brazil after his last race have led to Speedo and several other companies pulling away their endorsements. The entire incident which involved Lochte peeing behind a gas station and tearing down and advertisement was blown out of proportion. To make matters worse the American swimmer decided to make up a fake robbery incident. This has led to many fans losing their respect for him and also criticizing his behavior in Rio. While some fans are questioning what they would have done in a similar situation, many fans are angry about the disgrace he brought upon himself by lying. Many fans believed that the whole incident was immature and unnecessary. However, Lochte is a human being everyone else and while he is a swimming champion, he is still prone to make mistakes like anyone else. Brazilian authorities say they found evidence contrary to the champion’s statement and other eye witnesses say that they returned back to the Olympic village, wallets and watches were seen on them. … Read more

Ever Changing Plans


The following is a staff writer post from MikeS.  He is a married father of 2.  So, with the cat, he ranks number 5 in the house.  He loves numbers and helping people. Please leave any questions or comments below for either Mike or Crystal. If you’ve learned anything about me over the last few years, you’ve learned that I am a planner.  I am always thinking about then future.  This is especially true when it comes to my personal finances.  I have short, medium and long-term plans.  Our next car replacement is falling into the short-term bucket.  We finish paying off my wife’s car this year and the plan was to wait a little while, maybe a year, then get a new car for me.  That plan is getting a revision. My Wife’s Car We bought my wife’s car in December of 2011 just after the little guy was born.  We had a smaller 4-door sedan, which was just not going to cut it with 2 small kids.  We sold the sedan for a slight loss and rolled the negative equity into the new car loan with a 6-year payment term.  Our financial shape at the time was ok, … Read more

Changed Mindset

The following is a staff writer post from MikeS.  He is a married father of 2.  So, with the cat, he ranks number 5 in the house.  He loves numbers and helping people. Please leave any questions or comments below for either Mike or Crystal. I like how my thinking has changed over time.  Gone are the days when I would just spend my annual bonus like a drunken sailor.  Not that I ever was a drunken sailor, but you get the idea. I just found out my annual performance bonus for the year.  My wife and I had plans for it, we were thinking of putting a screened-in deck on the back of our house.  Instead, we are doing the very boring thing of just putting it into savings.  That would not have happened 10 or 15 years ago.  It’s nice to see the change. Annual Bonus It’s not technically an annual bonus, but I have received one every year.  I have performed well enough to merit one every year that I have been with the company.  We had been given warnings that the bonus pool this year was not going to be as big as it had been … Read more

4 Reasons Why People Can’t Get Out of Debt and How UDC May Be Able to Help

Having debt can limit your life so much, and feel like such an incredible burden. On top of all that, the more debt you have, the more debt you seem to accrue over time. Here are just a few reasons why so many Americans find themselves too deep in debt to ever get out. If any of the following applies to you, contact UDC for a consultation today, and work to stop debt in its tracks. Paying the Minimum on Credit Cards Credit cards can be a great tool for spending money while allowing your savings to accrue interest. However, if you rack up more charges than you can actually afford by the end of the month, it’s easy to fall into a spiral of paying off the minimum on your statement and letting the debt pile up. UDC’s debt settlement program is intended to get clients back on track and have them establish budgets as part of the program process. Saving Money is Impossible If the idea of setting money aside from each paycheck seems not only improbable, but impossible, you’re in good company. Many Americans are struggling from month to month and unable to contribute even a small … Read more

Rewards Summary

The following is a staff writer post from MikeS.  He is a married father of 2.  So, with the cat, he ranks number 5 in the house.  He loves numbers and helping people. Please leave any questions or comments below for either Mike or Crystal. Curiosity got the best of me recently.  I wanted to know just how well I had done with credit card rewards in the past year.  My basic credit card rewards strategy is simple, essentially consisting of only two cards for the joint family expenses. The first is the Citi Cash Back card which pays 2%.  I have adjusted that slightly in the short term, but I’ll explain that later.  The second is the BJ’s MasterCard which pays 3% back at BJ’s and gives 10¢ back per gallon of gas. That is all we use for the household expenses, but it isn’t the only place I was able to rack up my rewards last year.  Both the wife and I have our own credit cards for our personal spending that also offer rewards.  I then opened up another card to take advantage of a quick cash back offer.  In total for 2016, I was able to … Read more