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April 22, 2018

For many of us, the word “budget” evokes overwhelming dread and a vision of giving up all of our favorite splurge items. A budget that makes you account for every single dollar you spend can seem suffocating. However, budgeting is essential for paying bills on time now, and for planning…

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April 15, 2018

The American dream is to own your own home. Renting is often viewed only as a necessary step to that end, and the quicker you can achieve that dream the better.

The knock against renting seems to stem mostly from the premise that you are throwing your money away when you rent. When you rent, you do…

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April 08, 2018

While at a family get-together the other day, I walked up in the middle of a conversation between two cousins. It seems that the wife of one of the cousins had “just tapped” the bumper on the front passenger side of his pickup truck while backing out the drive way two days before.

The…

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April 01, 2018

Everybody from advice columnists to counseling experts offer advice on how not to argue about money.

A quick search of the Web turns up thousands of articles, videos, and other information on how to keep harmony in a relationship when talking about money. With all the advice, counsel, guidance, and…

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March 25, 2018

The national average cost of a wedding day in 2016 shot up to $35,329, according to a survey by The Knot. That's a jump by $2,688 from the 2015 average of $32,641.

I don’t know about you, but as the father of three daughters I find that statistic deeply troubling. That is a lot of money…

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March 18, 2018

With the tax cuts passed by Congress in December 2017, the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center estimates that 65 percent of households will see higher take-home paychecks and 6 percent will see lower paychecks.

As excited as you might be to see larger take-home paychecks, it is critical to check and…

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March 11, 2018

Many years ago, if you wanted to buy a home and needed to borrow money for the purchase, you would go to your bank or savings and loan association and speak to the local loan officer.

The loan officer there already knew you, as well as your parents, grandparents and where you worked. After a few…

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March 04, 2018

Everyone knows that college tuition is not cheap. This concept resonates even more for those who have had to fund this experience themselves or who have not had years to save and prepare for this type of an expense.

But, if you could do something today to save $1,000 or even $4,000 on tuition costs,…

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February 25, 2018

Whether you realize it or not, risk permeates every aspect of our business and our personal lives.

The problem with risk is that its presence burdens individuals and businesses in ways that lead to real economic costs. As a result, many individuals and business seek to manage risk in ways that help…

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February 18, 2018

Maintaining your financial health isn’t always easy. Here are some tips to keep you on the right track.

1. Watch your debt. Remember debt that produces assets — things that pay you — can be good debt. Debt that produces a liability is bad debt, especially on depreciating assets…

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