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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 Aug 27, 2020

Protecting your retirement savings after 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 and can help you through this process. If you need an advisor, find one with SmartAsset’s free financial advisor matching service. 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 Jun 11, 2018

One of the most complicated decisions you will likely make concerning your home mortgage will be which lender to choose. Today there are hordes of mortgage lenders eager and ready to accept your loan application. But just because a lender accepts your application doesn’t mean it’s the right deal for you. Since you’ll likely be saddled with this mortgage for years to come, it’s important to make sure you shop around and choose the best mortgage lender for your needs. Here are five tips for picking the right mortgage lender. 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… Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Feb 18, 2020

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 Jan 12, 2017

Maybe you’ve been thinking of going vegan, but are concerned about the cost. One of the most frequent complaints about eating vegan, or trying a more plant-based diet in general, is that it is more… Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Feb 17, 2015

Starting a new relationship can be a fun and exciting time. Whether you have just decided to see your partner exclusively, recently made the decision to move into together or even gotten recently… Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Apr 17, 2019

We’ve all heard the statistic that says the primary cause of divorce is financial. It takes more than love to keep a marriage intact, and unfortunately, many people don’t realize that until it’s too… 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 Feb 14, 2020

We all know from news reports and studies that finances are the principal reason couples divorce. The stress of mishandling finances can drive even the most loving couples apart. For this reason, it… Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Nov 07, 2017

December is a time for parties, visiting family and friends and celebrating the holidays. It’s also a time when thousands of college students finish up their degrees. While these graduates are likely… Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Jul 09, 2018

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 07, 2017

It’s that time of year again—the holidays are coming! And now is the perfect time to start thinking about what you’re going to get your loved ones. While holiday shopping is often thought of as 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 Nov 17, 2016

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays not only for the incredible food, but also because it’s one of the few times when all my extended family is in the same room at once. While Thanksgiving is… Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Apr 10, 2017

Work-life balance is something we always hear about, but how often do we actually stop to consider it? Life happens quickly when we are living it day to day. For those of us who are particularly… 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 Feb 14, 2020

There has been much talk and writing on “millennials,” the generation born between the early 80 and mid-90s. Ranging from 18 to about 35, their age makes them ripe for prodding by everyone from… Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Jan 02, 2015

As the season changes and the weather gets colder, the types of fruits and vegetables that are in season will change. The produce items that filled our picnic tables this summer during BBQs and… Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Oct 02, 2014

Middle class is a term that is thrown around a lot in conversation but rarely understood.  This stems from the fact that there is no one definition of “middle class.” While people have an idea of… Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Sep 11, 2014

As the temperatures drop and summer turns into fall, we may re-evaluate our financial needs. The fall not only signals a change in the weather, but also a busy time for holidays which include travel,… Read more

by Tiffany Patterson Sep 14, 2018

It’s coming down to the end of your summer and another academic year begins. You’ve enjoyed the warm weather, and now find it’s time to refocus on school and making sure you have everything you need… 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 Mar 10, 2017

By now, we are all aware of the impact the mortgage crisis of 2007-2008 had on the prices of homes. Many people across the country saw the value of their homes drop, and many are still struggling to… Read more