Establishing a budget

Do you have financial goals for yourself and your family?  Having a goal is the first step toward making your dreams a reality.  But in order to get there you need to know where you are right now, and then you can make an accurate savings and spending plan that is right for you.  Following are tools and resources to help you take control of your money and achieve your dreams:

The Midas Collaborative

Massachusetts

http://www.massassets.org/

Midas is a statewide network of innovative community groups increasing economic stability in Massachusetts through financial education, personal savings, and access to wealth-building assets such as homes, cars, small businesses,  and higher education. Midas provides tools, products, training, and expertise to assist community-based organizations, partners, public officials, and the general public in increasing asset creation and retention.

Mint.com

Tool

https://www.mint.com/

Mint is an on-line platform that you can use on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.  It pulls all your financial accounts into one place so that you can set a budget, track your goals and do more with your money- for free!

Lets Make A Plan

Resource and Tool

http://letsmakeaplan.org/home

The Certified Financial Planners Board of Standards provides links to financial resource topics such as credit, consumer protection, investing, financial training, and more. It hosts a CFP Finder and a variety of financial calculators.

Bank Rate

Resource and Tool

http://www.bankrate.com/credit-cards.aspx

Bank Rate is a website that offers a comprehensive list of articles, calculators, and other tools on a variety of consumer finance issues.

Squared Away: Financial Behavior: Work, Save, Retire

Resource

http://fsp.bc.edu/squared-away-blog/

Squared Away: Financial Behavior: Work, Save, Retire is a project of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.  This blog covers financial behavior, psychology and our U.S. money culture.

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