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31 December 2012

Stocking the Bomb Shelter: Is Buying in Bulk Actually Worth It?

If you like reality TV then you’ve probably seen commercials for the specialty shows like “Doomsday Preppers” and “Extreme Couponing.” While these shows may seem a little silly and a lot like a waste of time, there are those who make the concept of these shows a daily part of their lives.

24 December 2012

‘Til Debt Do You Part: Should a Hidden Financial Past Stop the Wedding? Part Two

In the first part of this article series we discussed, or rather I expounded, on the problem of marrying someone who is irresponsible with money—should you or shouldn’t you go through with the wedding if your intended spouse is keeping or has kept financial secrets from you?

23 December 2012

Getting Serious About Paying Off Your Mortgage

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For most people, paying off a mortgage is not really a priority. Given the typical timeline of 20-30 years, it’s really hard to get excited at how big a dent an extra couple thousand dollars will make. Combined with the fact that most of us will sell that home long before we own it outright, [...]

20 December 2012

Last-Minute Christmas Shopping Hurts Your Wallet

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It’s finally happened. We are now in the last week leading up to Christmas and for many shoppers (mostly men), it’s time to finally hit the stores and end the procrastination. In the next few days, last-minute shoppers will make last-minute gift purchases. However, when the dust settles, last-minute shoppers will have handed over far more money than those who started earlier.

17 December 2012

‘Til Debt Do You Part: Should a Hidden Financial Past Stop the Wedding? Part One

Congratulations! You are endeavoring to step forward onto the path of lifelong love, commitment, and togetherness with someone you cannot live without. You’ve made the wedding plans, you’ve done the responsible thing and mapped out your five year plan in detail (savings, spending, investments, mortgage, and eventually kids), and now you’re as excited as punch to share your secure and detailed plan with your future spouse. You are so excited about what the future holds for you and your beloved one until you show them your brilliant financial plan and they turn as white as a sheet.

16 December 2012

Are You Fully Prepared for Retirement?

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While I always wanted to be an adult, never have I ever wished to myself to grow old. No one ever wants to grow old. At least, no one that I’ve talked to. The primary reason is that once you reach a certain age, your body starts to wear down and costs to maintain your health go up. This is the reason that I often dread talking to my grandparents. Conversation isn’t about anything other than body ailments. Whether it is someone’s hip that is hurting or movements that they can no longer perform, it never ends. Don’t get me wrong, I love my grandparents. I just don’t want to grow old. As I think about growing old and planning for retirement, I can’t help but wonder if I am totally prepared for retirement.

13 December 2012

Decoding Health Insurance Jargon

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Unfortunately, getting hired isn’t the end of a complicated transition. In fact, in many ways, it’s just the start of some very challenging paperwork. Between the policy acknowledgements and tax documents, there are your health insurance elections. Just starting a career and landed your first job? Then this is probably the first time you’ve ever looked at health insurance benefits. Spend five minutes with an insurance administrator and you’ll find yourself bombarded with confusing terms like deductible, co-pay and co-insurance.

10 December 2012

5 Tips for Spending your First Paycheck

Payday has finally come and you are staring and your first ever paycheck. This is probably one of the most unforgettable moments of your life. Yes, it is very tempting to go wild and spend it all in one go. After all, it is what tradition dictates that you do. However, is it really the smartest way to go about enjoying your paycheck?

6 December 2012

Which Accounting Method Should You Use for Your Small Business

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The end of the year is coming up and my wife has a big accounting decision to make. This year, my wife started a music studio. Since it’s her first year of operation, she has to pick an accounting method to properly report the taxes owed from the business. Perhaps you’ve never given your choices much thought. Maybe you were not aware that there are different methods of accounting, but the choices available can greatly change your tax liability.

3 December 2012

5 Ways to Save Money for a House

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Buying a house for the first time is a big step and investment. After all, prices are always fluctuating, and such a purchase involves a pretty sizable down payment. However, with some careful budgeting, creativity and dedication, it is possible to save for such a property purchase. The following are some helpful tips for people who want to save money to buy a house.

3 December 2012

How Much Does College Really Cost?

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It has been eighteen years since your child was born. A few days ago he has just received an acceptance letter to his top college choice in the mail. This is the moment you have been waiting for and working toward for almost two decades. While you feel that parental pride that your child will be working towards a higher education degree for the next four years, you also feel apprehension. You worry if you have saved enough to fund four years of college education. It’s natural. Unless you’re a millionaire, you’re going to feel some pressure when you stop to think about how much these four years are going to cost you.

29 November 2012

Why You Don’t Want to Make an Auto Insurance Claim

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There wasn’t much I could do. The deer ran out in front of me and froze in the middle of the road. I had only an instant to react and knew swerving into on-coming traffic was likely to get me killed. My only choice was to hit the buck and deal with the inevitable damage. I’ve hit deer before and they are sturdy creatures. A mere tap can cause more damage than is seemingly possible. My collision will mean repairing my bumper, hood, headlight, fender, door and side mirror. One deer is going to cost me thousands.

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