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Your Own Personal Loan Shark

Imagine paying outrageous amounts of interest to a greedy finance company and loving every minute of it. Or how about

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5 Rules to Grow Rich

At the tender age of 11, I made a solemn vow that when I grew up I was going to

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An Incredibly Easy Way to Save Money Shopping Online

I used to love a good shopping mall. But those days are long gone and I don’t miss them one

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Sticky Situations: Lending Money to Family, Kids and Their Parents’ 529 Savings Plans

There is an old adage that warns, never lend money to family or friends. And if you’ve managed to adhere

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The Case for Keeping IRS and State Tax Returns Forever

You may recall from a past post on record-keeping, that you should keep copies of your IRS and state

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Tomorrow is the Day—Don’t Make These Tax Filing Mistakes

Here we are, one day before Tax Day 2017—the day by which we must file federal and state tax returns

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Simple Record-Keeping to Tame the Paper Monster

If the paper monster has you buried under an avalanche of receipts, bank statements, ATM slips, investment records, paycheck stubs

A Money Lesson for Kids

Don’t assume your kids are going to learn about how to manage money well in school. There is a growing

Money Leaks That May Be Draining Your Wallet Dry

What would it feel like to check your bank balance and find a pile of money you didn’t know you

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The Difference Between Safe Debt and Stupid Debt is Huge

Today, Dear Readers, I have a question for you: Is there a difference between borrowing and financing? Don’t stress. I’ll tell

Simplify: It’s the Easiest Way to Save Time and Money

When our lives get chaotic, we pay dearly in terms of time, money, and stress! There are hundreds of things

Out of the Red: How to Keep Your Finances and Attitude in the Black

When I am not writing about personal finance and consumer debt, I knit. Something about the gentle rhythm of yarn

Simple Strategies to Get Top Dollar When Selling Your Home

So you’re getting ready to sell your house. Just thinking about it can be an overwhelming experience.

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Everything You Need to Know About HEL

Thinking of dipping into your home’s equity? There are a few things you should know.

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Dumb Things To Do with a Tax Refund

Tax time: That interesting time of year when ordinarily smart people begin to make really dumb financial decisions. Isn’t it

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Could You Go a Year Without Spending?

A few years back, Eric and Donna Reed shopped for groceries and household products only once for an entire year.

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Get Financially Confident Starting Now

For a good deal of my life, I lived under a dark cloud of fear that I would end up

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Trick Yourself Into Saving Money

Buying things when they’re on sale is a great way to avoid overspending. But unless you are diligent to

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9 Random Time- and Money-Saving Tips

From frozen key locks to hazy headlight covers, today I have a handful of completely unrelated household tips to entertain

How to Shop with CASH at Amazon

I can’t think of many things worse than waking up on Dec. 26 with a raging debt hangover—an all-too-common after-Christmas