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Millennials Are Seeking Prenups—and It Might Just Be Worth Considering

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How Money Meetings Are Helping One Family Accomplish Their Financial Goals — Meet The Fergusons

When it comes to finances, the Fergusons of Baltimore, Maryland, may still be working on certain goals, such as paying down student loan debt and saving for retirement, but there’s one thing they’ve fully mastered: communicating about their financial progress and dreams.

The Fergusons—Dominique, William, and their kids Dexter, 26, and Natalie, 24 — hold bi-annual family meetings to discuss all things financial. By sharing everything from progress on paying down debt to new knowledge on upcoming expenses, they’re able to make positive strides toward their objectives. They’ve also been able to help one another. In fact, it was Dexter who told his parents, Dominique and William, about the potential to save a ton on interest by refinancing the loans they took out to pay for their children’s college with SoFi’s Parent PLUS student loans.

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10 questions to ask when choosing a student loan refinance lender

10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Student Loan Refinance Lender

Got student loans? We’ve got you covered with our Student Loan Smarts blog series. Our expert tips and hacks will help you save money, pay off loans sooner and stress less about student loan debt. Read the other posts in the series here, and get all the info you need to make intelligent decisions about your student loans.

Just a few years ago, not many people knew hat they could refinance student loans. Fast-forward to today and there are daily news headlines on the subject. Almost overnight, refinancing has become the “it” strategy for people looking to save money on student loans.

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Student Loan Options: What is Refinancing vs. Consolidation?

Got student loans? We’ve got you covered with our Student Loan Smarts blog series. Our expert tips and hacks will help you save money, pay off loans sooner and stress less about student loan debt. Read the other posts in the series here—and get all the info you need to make intelligent decisions about your student loans. And while you’re at it, check out SoFi’s new Student Loan Debt Navigator tool to assess your student loan repayment options.

Student loans have a way of making you feel powerless. But the truth is, you have more control than you think. That’s what our Student Loan Smarts series is all about—helping you understand all of your options so you can make decisions that fit with your financial goals.

One of those options? Choosing to consolidate or refinance student loans. But what is consolidation, what is refinancing, and how do you know which one (if either) is right for you?

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How Good is your Financial Health Right Now?

Editor’s Note: This new series on Financial Fitness comes from personal finance expert, and new SoFi content partner, Dr. Tony Pennells, founder of The Freedom Club. Using proven tools and systems, Dr. Tony demystifies “financial freedom” with common sense solutions to help people create true wealth (the type that makes money that you don’t have to work for!).

Do you have every intention of setting money aside for your future, paying down debt or creating an emergency buffer, but never quite seem to get there? Do you find that no matter how much money you earn, by the end of the pay period you have almost nothing? If so, you’re not alone. A recent study showed that 47% of Americans couldn’t come up with $400 to cover a financial emergency (via The Atlantic)

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Quiz: Are You Financially Stressed?

More money, more problems, so they say. But the truth of the matter is that we all work hard for our money, and we want there to be enough of it to pay for the must-haves and the nice-to-haves. And worrying about having it, or not having it, leads to financial stress. That stress can affect not only your bank account, but also your health, personal relationships, and even how you perform on the job. From migraines to arguments with friends or family to work days missed, financial stress is taking a real toll on American workers.

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