What will it cost to make minimum payments of 4% ($40) on a $1,000 outstanding credit card balance?

According to the Credit Card Smarts Calculator from Advantage Publications, a $1,000 debt on a credit card that has an 18% annual percentage rate (APR) repaid by making 4% minimum monthly payments will take 6 years to pay off and cost $1,465, including $465 in interest. This assumes that no additional charges are made. If you can pay 6% of the outstanding balance ($60 per month), you will cut the repayment time by two years and save $399 in interest.…

What should a good budget include, and what are the limitations of budgeting?

A personal budget (also known as a spending plan) is a plan for spending and saving money that allocates future income toward expenses, savings, and debt repayment. Past spending patterns, personal debt (i.e., outstanding balances that commit part of future income to repay), and future financial goals are considered when creating a personal budget.

A limitation of a budget is that it will only work if it is adhered to by all members of the family or household. If someone …

I recently lost my job. To adjust, what should I consider?

Unexpected loss of income can be one of the most stressful events in a lifetime. Here are some things to consider.

Reduce Expenses 
A job loss could potentially last for many months, so it is wise to track spending and tighten the family budget. Cooperative Extension offices in many states have information about living on a reduced income.

Apply for Unemployment Insurance
Each state has different eligibility requirements for unemployment insurance and benefits. Basically, if you’ve become unemployed through no …