Hey, did you know that you might have to pay income tax on your Social Security benefits?
Not everyone does, but if you continue to work past retirement age, as many people do these days, your tax liability will be based on your salary, plus tax-free income, plus one-half of your Social Security benefits. This could result in a portion of your benefits being taxed.
The tax rate will vary depending on your total income. The lower the income, the lower the ...
Hey! Today, let’s talk about the 4 C’s of home loans, the factors that lenders consider before making a home loan.
The 4 C’s of loan and credit are: capacity, capital, credit and collateral.
Capacity is your present and future payment obligations, as well as your debt to income ratio. Capital is the value of your assets, including cash, savings, investments, property, and other things that you could sell for cash. Credit is how responsibly you have paid bills or debts in ...
Hey! Did you know that a cup of coffee and a bag lunch can change your life?
Throughout the day, we think about the things we want: a Frappuccino from Starbucks. A new car. A trip to Hawaii.
Fact is, giving up the small things can help you get the big ones. For example, packing a lunch instead of eating out every day could save $50-$60 per week, or $200 a month, or $1200 to $1500 per year! Make your own coffee ...
Hey! Did you know that budgeting doesn’t have to be painful?
Fact is, it could actually be fun!
Southern Bank offers the Budget Bubble tool in online banking. It shows where your money is going and allows you to set up your own categories. Next you assign a goal for each category. Then the tool automatically shows you when you are on target (green), close to your target (yellow), or on your target budget (red).
Hey. Do you know the difference between a credit card and a debit card?
When you use a credit card, it basically means you’re taking a loan from your bank. If you pay the full amount each month on time, there is no extra cost. But if you only pay part of the balance, it can get very expensive. You’ll be charged interest, and if you’re late, there could be penalties as well.
Hey! If you haven’t started using online or mobile banking yet, here are some things you should know:
Number 1: It’s simple, flexible, and convenient. You can access your bank information, transfer money, and make payments whenever and wherever you have an internet connection.
Number 2: It’s secure. It may even be more secure than carrying around credit or debit cards, which can be stolen or compromised. Make sure to password-protect your phone and log out of all financial apps after using, ...