Archive for June 2014

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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Must-Have Websites and Apps for Parents

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This post comes from Dawn Jamison at our partner site Zing! One of the most exciting things about being a new parent is learning about all of the wonderful toys and technologies that exist for kids! The apps and websites my friends have told me about have truly been lifesavers. I don’t know what I […]

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Published on June 27th, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Family & Life
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What’s Your Clean Energy Future?

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Do you think it’s a good idea to get away from fossil fuels for our energy needs? If so, you’d be one of millions. Fact is, we are totally dependent on energy for our daily lives, especially electricity. (You can’t read this post without electric power, for example.) Where Does Power Come From? Most electricity, […]

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Published on June 25th, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Energy,Real Estate,Taxes
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Making time for money

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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 […]

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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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A new career stepping stone? More apprenticeships coming to companies near you

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This post comes from Jenny Paxton at our partner site LearnVest. Apprenticeships—formal programs that consist of on-the-job, paid training, mentorship and related classroom education—may be the solution to the pressing skills gap between employers’ needs and job seekers’ training. Yet despite the obvious benefits, the number of these programs dropped 40% between 2003 and 2013, according […]

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Published on June 20th, 2014
Modified on June 2nd, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Working
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Don’t look a gift employer in the mouth

Written by Jeffrey Steele - 3 Comments

Even if you’re not a news junkie like me, I’d be willing to bet that you’ve seen or heard one news item ad infinitum over the past several years. That nugget is the story about Americans’ retirement readiness, or lack thereof. We are endlessly informed by the media that we’re not ready to retire — […]

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Published on June 18th, 2014
Modified on June 16th, 2014 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Retirement,Saving & Investing
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10 tips most first-time home buyers don’t consider

Written by Suba Iyer - 4 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 - 4 Comments
Filed under: House & Home,Planning
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Flex or Fiction: How Accommodating Is Your Job?

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This post comes from Anna Williams at our partner site LearnVest. When it comes to work perks, flexibility is one of our favorite nice-to-haves—whether that means occasionally telecommuting from home, working variable hours or being part of a job share. In fact, a 2013 LearnVest study found that more than half of us would prefer a […]

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Published on June 13th, 2014
Modified on May 30th, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Working
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Is The American Dream Dead?

Written by William Cowie - 4 Comments

Is the American dream dead? A majority of people say it is, according to the recently announced CNN Money survey, as well as several others done at academic institutions like Xavier and Youngstown universities and other private organizations. Although the samples, questions and methodologies differ from survey to survey, the results all seem to indicate that the American dream […]

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Published on June 11th, 2014
Modified on June 9th, 2014 - 4 Comments
Filed under: Economy,Retirement,Saving & Investing,Working
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The economics of running out

Written by Richard Barrington - One Comment

In a sense, personal finance is a battle of conservation. People manage their resources in the hopes they won’t run out of the essentials — only what people find essential can differ. This centers around the fear of losing money or some other aspect of your financial life, and overcoming that fear should involve some […]

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Published on June 9th, 2014
Modified on June 5th, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Frugality,Miscellany,Saving & Investing,Working
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