Creating a Portable File of Important Documents

Life’s emergency situations require advance preparation and planning. The first step is organizing your financial information. Do you have an appropriate place for filing each document? Have you told anyone else where you keep your vital information? Have you shared your wishes in the event of your death? Are your documents available to “grab and go” in case of evacuation? Many situations require that you take action now to avoid financial problems later.

Saving for Children’s College Education

Yilmazer, T. (2008). Saving for children’s college education: an empirical analysis of the trade-off between the quality and quantity of children. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 29(2), 307-324.

Brief Description: This paper examines the effect of children’s college expenses on household savings. Using the actual amount of parents’ financial support, the model estimates the expected expenditures on children’s college education and investigates the effect of expected expenditures on parents’ savings. The results show that households save in advance …

Organize Your Important Papers


Organize Your Important Papers

It is wise to periodically review your important papers. Take a fresh look at the types of records and papers you …

Record of Important Papers

You conduct a variety of business transactions, many of which require supportive records. Birth certificates, proof of ownership, location of property, income tax returns, savings and investment records, insurance policies, guarantees, and warranties are probably among your important papers. These are but a few of the important records needed to operate your home in a business-like way.

Some records should be kept in home files; others should be kept in a safer place such as a home safe, safe deposit …

Income Taxes

The goal for taxpayers is to pay no more than the least possible tax owed. Avoiding taxes through legal tax strategies is not to be confused with illegal tax evasion. Legally avoiding taxes means using effective financial record-keeping, decision making, and planning strategies to reduce your total income tax. One example of good tax management is adjusting the amount of federal income tax withheld from your paycheck. If you receive a big income tax refund (over $500) each year, you …

Household Recordkeeping

A vital aspect of successful financial management is record-keeping. An effective record-keeping system should be convenient to use and not too complicated to maintain.

Financial records have become a vital part of life. They are a key to your credit standing, are essential to help you save money on taxes, and also are a continuing indication of your financial progress. If you have systematic plan for keeping track of important papers you can save hours of anxious searching, help preserve …

SMART Financial Goal-Setting

To get where you want to go in life, it is important to decide in advance how you will get there. Goals are signposts on the highway to the future. They serve as your road map to personal, career, and financial success. By keeping specific goals in view, you can direct your energies toward achieving your goals.

SMART goals need to be written down on paper to reinforce their importance. Use the SMART Goal Setting Worksheet to set some short-term …

Household Filing System

To develop a household filing system, you may wish to use the following suggested list of headings and subheadings.

Household Filing System Categories


Paid Bill Receipts
Unpaid Bills
Tax Receipts
Papers to File

Financial Accounts

Canceled Checks
Account Books
Credit Card List
Credit Card Receipts
Deposit Slips
Installment Agreements
Loan Contracts
Safe Deposit Box
List of Contents

Investments and Savings

Bank Savings
Credit Union
Money Market Accounts
Mutual Funds
Stocks and Bonds
Other Investments

Insurance Papers