Lifestyle

Lifestyles vary greatly between age groups, where you live, what your goals are and what you like to do for fun. Each Bee has her own point of view and life experiences. Here we will share our views – and we hope you will share yours too. Topic include saving money, frugal-sweet living, budgeting tips, travel and entertainment.

Americans are Already Strapped for Cash Ahead the Holidays
Holiday spending often turns into credit card debt. These tips can help you minimize debt if you’re already strapped for cash ahead of the holidays.
6 Mistakes To Avoid When Teaching Your Kids About Money

‘Lead by example’ couldn’t be a truer saying when it comes to teaching children about personal finance. But, as many of these great quotes, it’s much easier said than done.

Instant access to credit cards, the ability to finance pretty much everything, and the never-ending hamster wheel of “keeping up with the Joneses” can make being a role model really challenging. But ignoring it isn’t an option either if you want to raise financially responsible adults. After all, debt can destroy a person’s entire adulthood, and it can quite literally happen in the blink of an eye…

The Average Age of a Child Identity Theft Victim is 12 Years Old

Identity thieves are always on the prowl. And when it comes to identity theft, children are not off limits. What are the telltale signs that your child’s identity may have been stolen and what can you do to fix and reclaim it? Read on for the details.

What’s Your Personal Saving Rate?
The personal saving rate hit 6.8% in June, but are Americans saving equally? We look at personal savings and offer tips on improving your saving strategy.
What is Economic Abuse?
Economic abuse affects millions of Americans annually. We explain what economic abuse is and give examples that reveal the extent of this abuse in the US.
Are You Afraid of Outliving Your Retirement Savings?
Many Americans fear they won’t have enough money to live comfortably during retirement. We explain how avoid outliving your retirement savings.
How Much Should You Have in Emergency Savings?
Emergency savings is essential to cover unexpected expenses like home and car repairs, as well as to give you a financial safety net in case you lose your job or can’t work due to a medical emergency. But how much should you have in emergency savings and how much do average Americans actually save?
74% of Americans are Getting Married with Debt

A survey of 1,000 couples set to get married in the next 12 months found 3 out of 4 couples will go into debt to tie the knot. And most, 61 percent, say they will use credit cards to pay. But is starting married life saddled with debt a good idea? Here’s what the wedding experts at the Knot say and what Consolidated Credit’s financial expert says. Here are some tips on what you can do to cut cost if you’re getting hitched.

10 Money-Saving Summer Budget Tips
It’s the official start of summer 2018, which makes it the perfect time to set a summer budget so you can avoid credit card debt and achieve your goals. Consolidated Credit offers 10 money-saving tips.
10 Tips To Help Your Teens Become Financially Independent
A new survey finds that only half of teens see achieving financial independence from parents as a key financial goal for the future. We look at the survey stats and offer ten key tips for helping teens learn ow to become financially independent.
8 Money-Saving Ideas for Mother’s Day 2018

By the time Mother’s Day rolls around, Americans would’ve have already spent $23.1 billion on gifts for mom, according to the National Retail Federation(NRF). Mothers are special in every way. How can you spoil that special mom or mother figure in your life without going into credit card debt? Here are 8 money-saving ideas.

Consolidated Credit’s 12 Days of FinLit Infographic
In honor of National Financial Literacy Month, Consolidated Credit created this 12 Days of FinLit Infographic. Each day features a key financial topic related to that day. Do you recognize them all?
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4 Good Reasons to Sign Up for my Social Security during National Social Security Month
April is National Social Security Month. The Social Security Administration offers a tool called my Social Security. Even if you’re not getting benefits yet, there’s good reason to have an account.
Research of the Week: Is Mobile Banking Better?
Millennials are the first to jump on new technology that makes their lives easier, but a new survey finds they also may be the first to dump tech that doesn’t perform like they expect. This survey shows the problems with our current mobile banking experience.
Taking expensive trips for good location tags is a recipe for financial distress
Going into Debt to Be Internet Famous
People always find new ways to go into deep debt, but wasting your money (or your parents money) to become Internet Famous isn't a recipe for success; it's a recipe for financial distress! We offer the top five dumb ways that seeking online fame can lead to credit card debt.