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Are Your Adult Children Destroying Your Retirement?

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I can still remember the days when the term “generation gap” was all the rage. Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, that term was bandied about to describe the yawning philosophical chasm between Baby Boomers and their parents on topics as diverse as the Vietnam War, the length of one’s hair, and different [...]

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Are You Getting Ahead or Falling Behind?

Written by Richard Barrington - One Comment

People have long spoken of “haves” and “have-nots,” but perhaps never in modern times has the economy seemed so separated between those who seem to be getting ahead and those who are falling behind.
What complicates things is that appearances can be deceptive. The easy availability of debt can make a household believe it is living [...]

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The side effects of credit cards

Written by Richard Barrington - 2 Comments

While I’m not a fan of all the pharmaceutical advertising on television, I have to admit that they can be brutally frank about disclosing potential side effects. If you take something for chronic indigestion, a variety of things could happen which will make you lose your appetite — which at least would make you less [...]

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Published on May 26th, 2014
Modified on May 23rd, 2014 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Credit Cards, Debt Reduction
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Is borrowing money a form of addiction?

Written by Richard Barrington - 2 Comments

In writing about household debt, as I often do, I sometimes feel a bit like Tom Wolfe writing the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test: I’m trying to capture the character of a strange phenomenon while not myself taking part in it.
Throughout my adult life, I have avoided taking on debt as much as possible and have [...]

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Published on March 3rd, 2014
Modified on February 27th, 2014 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Debt Reduction
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Preaching financial moderation

Written by Richard Barrington - 3 Comments

It may be old age creeping on, but I seem to increasingly find my financial advice advocating moderation — a balance between two more extreme courses of action. The following are several examples:

Personal budgeting. I’ve been known to be an obsessive planner, but I don’t actually have a household budget. I take more of a big-picture [...]

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Published on December 9th, 2013
Modified on December 6th, 2013 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Debt Reduction
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How to prepare financially for a bundle of joy

Written by Suba Iyer - 5 Comments

We will be welcoming our first child in less than a week. We started having a lot of conversations about starting a family a couple of years ago and have been preparing for it, including moving from dual incomes to one. It has been a roller coaster ride for us — emotionally, mentally, financially and [...]

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Super debt: That’s just about the size of it

Written by Jeffrey Steele - 7 Comments

This article is by staff writer Jeffrey Steele.
Personal finance gurus have long warned that we Americans have a nasty problem. We spend too much and save too little. Not only do we not look for the best savings accounts, or check on savings account rates, or seek high interest savings accounts, many of us don’t [...]

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Published on September 11th, 2013
Modified on September 9th, 2013 - 7 Comments
Filed under: Banking, Debt Reduction, House & Home, Saving & Investing
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The sad faces of college debt

Written by Jeffrey Steele - 6 Comments

This article is by staff writer Jeffrey Steele.
It’s not often that I find myself in a cocoon of warm and fuzzy feelings about how good I’ve had it in life. But when I consider the economic travails endured by the current generation of college students, I can’t help feeling I’ve lived a pretty charmed existence.
When [...]

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Published on August 28th, 2013
Modified on August 26th, 2013 - 6 Comments
Filed under: Debt Reduction, Education
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New credit card rewards program pays your other debts

Written by ecannon - 4 Comments

This guest post by Miranda Marquit originally appeared on our partner site Quizzle.com.
When many of us think of credit card rewards programs, we think of earning cash back, or building up miles that can be used for travel. But what if your credit card rewards went toward paying off some of your [...]

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Published on August 23rd, 2013
Modified on August 12th, 2013 - 4 Comments
Filed under: Credit Cards, Debt Reduction
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The mistake that plunged my credit score 200 points

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This post, written by Sibylla Nash, comes from our partner site LearnVest.
In the fall of 2011, I went on an episode of “The Suze Orman Show” to ask her how to repair my credit, and I knew I was in big trouble when she told me there was nothing she could do. I had figured, there must [...]

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Published on August 16th, 2013
Modified on August 7th, 2013 - 9 Comments
Filed under: Credit Cards, Debt Reduction, House & Home
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