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Tiffany Patterson

Home Buying, Credit Card and Life Insurance Expert

Tiffany Patterson has a BA in Political Science from Temple University and an MBA from La Salle University Business School with a concentration in Finance. She is an expert on topics including home buying, life insurance and credit cards. She believes how we treat our finances can have a lasting impact on our lives for years to come. Tiffany loves researching and writing on topics that will help readers lead better lives.

Posts by Tiffany Patterson:

by Tiffany Patterson May 03, 2022

Protecting your retirement savings during a divorce may not be at the top of your mind when you are going through the process of splitting up with your spouse. The emotional toll on you and your family, after all, likely takes precedence. Still, your financial well-being matters, and that includes making sure that your retirement savings, including any money you have in a 401(k) or other retirement savings plan, are protected. There are some financial advisors who are certified divorce financial analysts (CDFAs) and can help you through this process. If you need an advisor, find one with SmartAsset’s free financial advisor matching tool. Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Aug 18, 2015

A number of recent reports suggest that a millennial housing boom could be on the horizon. In the past, multiple factors – including stagnant wages and heavy student loan burdens – have kept many people between the ages of 18 and 34 out of the housing market. As the economy continues to improve, we might begin to see more millennial first-time homebuyers in the coming years. Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Mar 12, 2019

A year after the housing bubble burst, I decided to make a career change and go back to school for my MBA. During one of my first finance courses, my professor discussed her reasons for refinancing her home mortgage at that time. Despite the housing crisis, high unemployment and poor economy, for those who had plenty of equity in their homes, it was a good time to refinance. Mortgage rates were falling, and lenders were willing to negotiate. Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Nov 09, 2022

Recently a younger family member mentioned that he had just gotten a new debit card for his checking account because someone had gotten into his account. He said he wasn’t sure how it happened, but… Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Sep 30, 2022

We’ve all heard the statistic that says an increasingly prevalent cause of divorce is financial issues. It takes more than love to keep a marriage intact, and unfortunately, many people don’t realize… Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Jan 20, 2017

In a perfect world, a marriage would be built on love, trust and mutual respect, and it would last a lifetime. Unfortunately, that is not the reality for those who find themselves facing divorce.… Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Oct 01, 2022

Mixing money and family can quickly become very tricky. The reality, though, is that many of us will go through tough financial times—whether we’re just starting out on our own, we recently lost a… Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Nov 05, 2014

Saving for retirement can be confusing and arduous. This is especially true if you’re in your twenties or thirties and have decades ahead before you can even seriously consider retiring. However,… Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Dec 21, 2017

One of the toughest things you will do as an adult is watch as your parents deteriorate with age. Emotionally, it is taxing to watch the very people or person who cared for you as a child slowly… Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Jul 17, 2019

Although it can be disheartening to dwell on what happens after we die, it’s important for all of us to get our personal affairs in order while we’re alive. That way, those who love and depend on us… Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Jan 02, 2015

When I think of summer, I think of great weather and spending lots of time outdoors. For those in relationships, summer can be a great time to take your dates outside, and do it without spending a… Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Aug 01, 2019

Life insurance is just that, insurance on your life. You pay your policy usually for 10 to 30 years. If you die during this period, your beneficiaries receive a payment from the insurance company.… Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Jan 02, 2015

Summer offers us plenty of opportunity to spend time outdoors. For many of us, this means taking at least one trip to the beach. Whereas we picture a day at the beach, to be carefree and fun, it can… Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Jul 23, 2019

If you watch the news reports on the economy or business and finance, you have likely heard the acronym GDP, but do you know what it means? Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Jul 05, 2017

When it comes to life insurance, one of the main questions that consumers contend with is when is the right time to purchase? In order to answer this question, it is important to first understand… Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Nov 07, 2017

You know you are going to have answer a lot of questions. But you should also be asking them. Job seekers should be prepared for both sides of the question. Many people practice their answers but… Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Dec 08, 2014

More people want to live in the south and west. At least that’s the news out of a recent government report on the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Feb 11, 2020

When it comes to planning a marriage, most people believe they will be with their future spouse for a lifetime. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. While skeptics believe signing or even… Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Feb 13, 2020

Most people’s first venture into establishing credit is opening a credit card. Unfortunately, many of those people are young, on their own for the first time and still figuring out how to handle… Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Nov 13, 2020

For some time now, there’s been a national debate that’s centered around whether or not to raise the federal minimum wage. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, while some states are… Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Nov 06, 2017

Getting a life insurance policy is a great way to protect you and your loved ones from the high costs of funerals and burials. When you look for a policy, you not only need to decide how much life… Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Feb 10, 2020

Over the past few years there has been a significant increase in the number of freelance workers in the U.S. Several factors have aided in the increase of freelance workers. The mortgage crises that… Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Aug 01, 2017

Deciding whether you actually need to purchase life insurance is a very important step in building your financial nest egg. This is especially the case if you have dependents or other people who rely… Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Jan 02, 2015

Have you looked at your energy bill recently? Did you like what you saw? If not, you’re probably thinking of ways to save money. While making sure to unplug the coffeemaker while you’re at work can… Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Aug 23, 2019

When it comes to retirement there are a number of things that need to be considered. One of the most important is where you are planning to live during your golden years. For many North Americans,… Read more