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Tips to Save Money on Back-to-School Shopping

Written by Suba Iyer - One Comment

According to the National Retail Foundation’s 2014 Back-to-School Survey, the average family with children in grades K-12 will spend $669.28 on apparel, shoes, supplies and electronics. It is even higher for college students. It is about this time that parents start eyeing ads for back-to-school shopping. Here are some tips to help you save this year.
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Published on August 11th, 2014
Modified on August 3rd, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Consumer, Family & Life, Frugality, Planning
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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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20/20 Vision on 20-Something Investing

Written by Jeffrey Steele - One Comment

About 35 years ago, when I was new to the corporate world and fired with ambition, but not the least bit fired-up about staying with my big corporate employer, I had a series of bewildering conversations with colleagues, many even younger than I.
See, the place where I worked had long been the number one name [...]

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Published on July 30th, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Planning, Retirement, Saving & Investing
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Who’s the Boss of Your Finances?

Written by Richard Barrington - 2 Comments

When it comes to financial decisions, do you feel like the boss or like it’s your first day on the job?
If you don’t feel in command, it’s understandable. Millions of people with no background in finance are called upon to make a series of very important financial decisions: making a budget work, saving for college, financing a [...]

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Published on July 21st, 2014
Modified on July 18th, 2014 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Planning
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A Pearl of Wisdom About the Burden of Wealth

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I don’t know how the reading list looked in your high school English classes. But in mine, the teachers clearly believed we kids should absorb books that achieved, to quote Woody Allen, “total heaviosity.” These serious message novels were chosen to shake us out of our suburban-bred complacent lethargy. They were profound. They were penetrating. [...]

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Published on July 2nd, 2014
Modified on June 27th, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Planning, Retirement
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Essential money tips for new college grads

Written by Suba Iyer - One Comment

Graduation is the theme all around my neighborhood. It is a time of excitement and big dreams. Unfortunately in most cases, personal financial sense is not a taught at college. Once out of college, going from living broke to a big paycheck every month can easily encourage lifestyle inflation and a downward spiral of bad financial [...]

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Published on June 30th, 2014
Modified on June 25th, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Credit Cards, Education, Insurance, Planning, Real Estate, Saving & Investing, Working
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Making time for money

Written by Richard Barrington - Leave a Comment

One can’t give financial advice for very long without realizing that most of it is not earth-shattering insight. It usually comes down to common sense. So then the challenge becomes one of analyzing why people don’t apply common sense to their finances more often.
Temptation is a big reason, of course. One person goes over a [...]

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Published on June 23rd, 2014
Modified on June 20th, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Insurance, Mortgages, Planning, Productivity, Saving & Investing
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10 tips most first-time home buyers don’t consider

Written by Suba Iyer - 3 Comments

It’s been exactly one year since my husband and I purchased our first home. As one might expect, we’ve learned a number of valuable lessons this past year. There are plenty of articles full of useful tips for first-time home buyers. I am not going to repeat them. Instead, I will list the lessons I personally [...]

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Published on June 16th, 2014
Modified on June 13th, 2014 - 3 Comments
Filed under: House & Home, Planning
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Speaking Well of the Dearly Departed: You

Written by Jeffrey Steele - 2 Comments

If you’re like me, you hold the firm belief that a personal finance site like the one you’re currently visiting should occasionally offer more than the usual advice.
Oh, it’s fine if these posts primarily advance ways to track down the best savings account, how to save on life insurance or find the best zero percent [...]

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Published on May 21st, 2014 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Family & Life, Insurance, Planning
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Wills that leave values, not valuables

Written by Jeffrey Steele - One Comment

You’re accustomed to seeing personal-finance articles on this site, and a quick scan of the archives will reveal every imaginable personal-finance subject.
You’ll find blogs about the best zero-percent-APR credit cards and how to track down the best high-yield savings accounts. You’ll spot posts on financial plans and funding home purchases and college educations. And you’ll [...]

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Published on May 7th, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Family & Life, Planning
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