Money Saving Articles

Get Your Financial Ducks in a Row!

No one wants to imagine themselves dying or becoming severely disabled, but it is important to plan for these possibilities from a financial perspective. If you’re comfortable with your finances and have an ample amount saved up for retirement, you likely believe you’ve got all your financial ducks in a row. But if you fail to plan for the end of life financially, you might

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I Hate Paying Monthly Bills! How Can I Ease My Pain?

Nobody likes getting bills in the mail and having to take the time out of their busy schedule to pay them, but for some, paying monthly bills can be a real source of dread.  If your budget is tight, you might feel anxious each month, imagining all that money leaving your bank account. You might worry there won’t be enough left to cover your kid’s

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7 Worst Budgeting Mistakes & How to Fix Them

I recently wrote about making money mistakes, and now I want to talk about dealing with budgets. Not having a budget of some kind is the biggest budgeting mistake of all, and the most obvious way to fix it is to create a budget. But there are plenty of other mistakes and all of them have a pretty simple fix.   Here are what I

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8 Reasons to Put Your Credit Card to Use

Guest Post by Rebecca De La Rose Throughout the years, many people have been told to stay away from credit cards. While it’s true credit cards can leave individuals in debt, you can benefit from a line of credit if you use it responsibly. In many situations, you benefit more when paying using a credit card instead of a debit card. Let’s discuss some of the

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Easy Budgeting Tools

There it is, our favorite dirty word: budget. Just kidding, it’s a fantastic word, and as a gift to yourself, you should have a budget! One size fits all doesn’t work for budgets, you need to find one that works for you. I generally feel most comfortable with a budget that has some wiggle room built in, but I’m willing to bet that many people

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They Aren’t Always Right: 5 Pieces of Bad Financial Advice From Your Parents

Your parents wanted the best for you. They likely had visions of you moving away from home, setting up a wildly successful life, and still having enough money left over to take them on a beautiful tropical vacation during their golden years. To help you achieve all of that, they most likely shared their financial knowledge with you, teaching you what you should and shouldn’t

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What Are You Wasting For?

Incremental Money Waste Have you ever heard of the ‘latte factor’? It’s a term that sums up the idea of incremental money waste and how it affects your long-term financial picture. I have touched on it before, but I’ll dive into a bit more this week.   What Do You Regularly Buy? The concept is that you might buy a cup of coffee every day

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Financial Spring Cleaning: Tips for Getting Your Other House in Order

As you’re pulling out the heavy-duty cleaning solutions, broom, and vacuum to tackle some much-needed home spring cleaning, don’t forget that your other house likely needs to be spruced up, too. Your financial house, if neglected, can fall into even more severe disrepair than your actual house. Here are some tips to get you started on clearing the cobwebs in your financial life. Give Yourself

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How to Support Your Family on One Income

It’s hard enough to support a growing family, in general, these days with skyrocketing rent, childcare, healthcare, and rising utility costs. But if your family is like 54% of other US families, you’re surviving on one income, and chances are you could stand some savings in addition to your spending. Here are the best ways to stretch your paycheck and keep more green in the

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Budgeting 101, The Next Steps

Tuning Up Your Budget Remember back in January when I explained how to make a budget from scratch? No? Here is that post, and in it, I said we’d need to revisit your budget and tweak it. Here are a few ideas to get you started on making adjustments.   Did Your Income Increase? The first reason you might need to change your budget is

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