Get help with your taxes from Brightside

Get help with your taxes from Brightside   Let’s face it – there is nothing fun about tax season. In fact, it can be downright unnerving if you think you might owe money. And each year can bring changes that can affect your taxes. But there are things you can do to minimize stress – […]

Help with Spending Control

Help with Spending Control It’s almost too easy to spend money these days, and that makes it even easier to get carried away by our spending habits. If you feel like your spending has spiraled out of control, it’s best not to ignore it. There’s no shame in admitting to a spending problem – in […]

Relax and Shop Smart This Holiday Season

Have Fun with Holiday Shopping   By changing your perspective this holiday, you may be able to set yourself up for a relaxing, stress-free month ahead. Get started on a bright holiday season by asking your Brightside FA for some help with organizing and understanding your finances so that this holiday, you can give yourself […]

Why Building My Credit Score is Important

Why Building My Credit Score is Important Did you know that your credit report and score reveal your spending habits and your ability to pay for them? You can learn a lot about your personal financial history just by having a look at your credit report. This really matters if you are thinking about applying […]

What is Estate Planning and do I need it?

What is Estate Planning and do I need it? Worrying about the future can steal joy from the present, but if you plan for life’s unavoidable events, you can expect to be more at peace. Estate planning is the process of making decisions about how your affairs will be managed if you are unable to […]

Should you care about Bitcoin and crypto?

Should you care about Bitcoin and crypto?   You’ve likely heard about cryptocurrencies, especially Bitcoin, which grew in value from $1 to $31 the year it launched (2009) and reached a value of $60,000 earlier this year. Those sorts of numbers definitely grab headlines. But even if you have the money to invest, there are […]

Back to School: Get Smart About Managing School Costs

Back to School: Get Smart About Managing School Costs Back-to-school is about more than class assignments and bus routes. For many, it’s a huge financial challenge involving new clothes, school supplies, lunch money, after-school care, and transportation costs.  And that’s just for free primary education! Post-high-school education—be it at a university, community college, or trade […]

Basic Skills for Buying a House

Everyone has the right to buy their own home, especially if you believe it’s possible. There’s lots of help available to make homeownership a reality and it starts with understanding some basic skills that every homebuyer needs to learn. The last thing you need is to be overwhelmed or scared off by the process, which […]

Let’s Talk About Financial Recovery Post-COVID

COVID-19 wasn’t your fault. Remind yourself that you didn’t ask for it and that, for those of us who entered the pandemic without a strong financial foundation, COVID was a monumental setback. It’s not enough to know you’re not alone, however; what you really need is someone to help you financially recover post-COVID.  Here are […]

Help with Home Improvements

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If you’re one of the millions in the United States who made 2020 a record year for home improvements, we’d love to be of assistance. No, Brightside can’t help you with drywall and plumbing. (We’re handy, but not that kind of handy!) What we can do is make sure that paying for repairs and renovations […]