Megan Mathers

How to protect your online bank accounts

Female hands using mobile bankingFor many young dentists and students alike, online banking has become second nature. The ease of mobile and online banking has made online banking a go-to for busy professionals on the go. With this ease come security concerns. Read on for some ways to keep your accounts as secure as possible.

4 tips to keep holiday spending in check

holiday shoppingWe all love to spend money during the holidays.  Between holiday parties, gifts for our families and friends and a little extra for those who provide services throughout the year, the holiday expenditures add up fast!  While holiday expenses add up, it is a good time to remember some budget-friendly tips that can be used year-round…

Your options for student loan repayment

student-loansIf you were at the NLC last month, you saw my colleague, Steve Swan, speak about debt management. As a refresher, we will go through some of your options for student loan repayment here. The following are the four most common methods for managing student loan debt upon graduating from dental school…

Send us your financial questions

financesNext month, some of us will meet at the National Leadership Conference in Chicago. We will talk about student debt, interest rates and options for managing your debt. Because dental school tuition costs have been on the significant rise in recent years, more students than ever are graduating with very high amounts of debt. While standard ten year repayment is still the primary option for those in repayment, other options are gaining appeal. These include income based repayment and refinancing. We will discuss the options available when you graduate and which options make sense in different circumstances.

What are some questions that you would like addressed during this session?

How to make extra $ while in dental school

Money-life-hackWelcome to Life Hacks Week! This week is filled with tips, tricks and hacks to get you through dental school. Whether it’s your first or fourth year of dental school, we hope you will find something in these posts to help you succeed. This is our back-to-school gift to you! So pull out a number 2 pencil and a college ruled notebook and let’s get to it.

Online banking tools to save you time and money

Mobile BankingIt has been over a year since we have visited the topic of online banking. As there are apps for this and apps for that, online and mobile banking have become a larger part of daily life. Will younger generations even know what a deposit slip is? Maybe not. As traditional banks charge fees and are normally less convenient for the busy student/worker/professional, many people are turning to online banking for their saving needs. Because the student of today is connected virtually to more than ever, online banking is a great option, especially if you are looking for a place to save money for longer periods of time. Read the full post for a list of online banking tools.

What goes into your credit score?

credit scoreAs a follow-up to last month’s Money Monday post about credit card myths, we will focus on the topic of credit scores. We last discussed this back in 2013 so it is time for a re-visit! Last month, we mentioned that utilization, or your statement balance as a percentage of your total available credit, is one element of your credit score. What are the other elements and why are they important?