Divulgando la cultura en dos idiómas.

How to send money home the smart way

Commentary by Tere Siqueira For Hispanics residing in the United States, sending money to family members in their countries of origin is a common, essential practice.The money transfers provide vital economic support for loved ones. They also strengthen strong emotional bonds that transcend borders.Sending money, however, can be challenging. Here are some tips to help […]

Many options for will and trust guidance are available

Commentary by Roberta Pardo A will is an important document in a person’s life.Contrary to popular belief, it’s never too early to write one, especially if there are children involved. The problem with wills is that they can get confusing fast. In a bistate area like the Kansas City metropolitan area, there’s the issue of […]

Editorial: Hog-wild inflation vs. lean wages

The economy’s recovering, the federal government keeps telling us. It’s on the upswing, and the rate of inflation’s on the downswing. Americans aren’t buying it. Soaring prices for gas, groceries, housing, insurance, taxes and utilities make economic recovery a hard sell. Based on their own experience, 70% of Americans regard the economy as worsening, not […]

How to diversify your income streams

Commentary by Tere Siqueira For many families, diversifying income isn’t just smart; it’s a necessity.With the surge in inflation, generating additional income has become more critical to counterbalancing financial pressures. If you’re in that situation, here are some suggestions to help you make extra money: *Turn your hobby into a side business: Consider activities you’re […]

Editorial: Were these taxpayer woes really unavoidable?

Rising property values inflate homeowners’ monthly budgets. Ever-higher assessments mean higher property tax bills and pricier insurance premiums. It’s putting at risk older homeowners and the working poor.Locally, 2023 property assessments put the issue front and center. The situation facing residents of cities within Jackson County Missouri is an ominous case in point. The average […]

How to stay cool and reduce summer energy bills

Commentary by Tere Siqueira Rising temperatures can bring discomfort and soaring energy bills.But staying cool and comfortable need not break the bank or cause you to sacrifice your environmental consciousness. Here are some ways you can beat the heat and still lower your energy bills:*Seal your home: Keeping your home effectively insulated is crucial to […]

How to protect your privacy online

Commentary by Tere Siqueira Our homes are full of devices connected to the internet. That’s why it’s essential to stay alert and protect yourself from the risks that can be found online. Some ways to protect your information and online devices include the following: *Be suspicious of emails or links from unknown sources: Don’t click […]

How to prepare for retirement

Commentary by Roberta Pardo It’s never too early to start planning your retirement.Financial experts encourage workers to start saving as early as possible because achieving financial security in retirement takes planning and commitment. But like anything, putting money away for retirement is a habit we all need to cultivate.Here are some tips to help you […]

How to Save Money at the Gas Pump: Part 2

By Donna Fuscaldo, AAR Driving less, running errands when you are commuting, and planning your outings to be more efficient can go a long way toward curbing your gas outlays. But it’s not just how many trips you make with your vehicle in a given day or week, it’s also how you drive your car. […]