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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 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 24, 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 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 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 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 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 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 Jan 02, 2015

Summer is the time of year to let your hair down and relax a little. Some employers take on summer hours meaning more free time, and of course there is the coveted vacation time. These getaways allow… 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 27, 2018

It is no secret that in this country, many working individuals are lacking when it comes to having enough savings, especially retirement savings. While this is true for Baby Boomers and Generation… 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