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Why You Should Never Sign on the Dotted Line Until You Know These 4 Contract Essentials
Jul 18

Why You Should Never Sign on the Dotted Line Until You Know These 4 Contract Essentials

Over your lifetime, you’ll be asked to sign lots of contracts – perhaps agreeing to purchase a home, a car or to join a trendy new gym or online dating service. But have you ever given more than a moment’s thought to what this legal document actually is and requires from you? More importantly, do you know the

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5 Ways Millennials Must Kick-Start a Budget to Avoid Living With Their Parents Until Age 40
Jul 17

5 Ways Millennials Must Kick-Start a Budget to Avoid Living With Their Parents Until Age 40

It’s no surprise that many 20-somethings aren’t good with their money. Fresh out of college (or soon to be) with piles of student debt to repay, young adults entering the real world find themselves in a tough financial situation. Having lived through the worst recession since the Great Depression, millennials might be reluctant to invest

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How to Make the Most of Your Inheritance So You Won’t Be Fortune’s Fool

How to Make the Most of Your Inheritance So You Won’t Be Fortune’s Fool

After penny-pinching and living paycheck to paycheck for years, you get a call informing you that you’ve inherited $1 million or $100,000 or $50,000 or even $5,000. Does it really matter how much? All you know is, it’s more money than you’ve seen or experienced in a long time. This scenario is not as far-fetched

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Why Winning Free Tuition from a Contest Costs You More Than You’d Think
Jul 16

Why Winning Free Tuition from a Contest Costs You More Than You’d Think

Parents and children alike both know that in order to attend college, the first hurdle is to get accepted — the second is piecing together enough money to afford it. While, there are tax-advantaged programs parents can use to preemptively save for their children’s higher education expenses, many students rely on assistance from Federal Student Aid.

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Flush Away Thousands of Dollars If You Don’t Heed This Home Repair Advice

Flush Away Thousands of Dollars If You Don’t Heed This Home Repair Advice

Talk about sticker shock! When Glendora, Calif., realtor Marty Rodriguez and her neighbor inquired about replacing their 30-year-old septic tanks and connecting their ranch-style homes to the city sewer system, they got an estimate for $150,000 (or $75,000 apiece). Despite that punch-in-your-gut estimate, they decided to greenlight the project. “It would have cost even more

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5 Crucial Steps Every Young Adult Must Take to Achieve Financial Independence
Jul 15

5 Crucial Steps Every Young Adult Must Take to Achieve Financial Independence

Achieving financial independence is an elusive goal for most people, but it can be an especially slippery proposition for young adults today. The general economic environment is as challenging as ever. At the same time, the media-driven imperatives to spend, consume, and live a money-defined version of “social success” are more intense than ever. To help you get through this

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Ways to Survive Credit Card Approval Fraud and Why You Will Always Be a Target

Ways to Survive Credit Card Approval Fraud and Why You Will Always Be a Target

If there’s one reason why so many people are still afraid to do their shopping, banking or financial planning online, it’s the prevalence of scams. Ever since the Internet first rose to popularity, scams of various kinds have popped up left and right. Debit card numbers are stolen, data breaches are more common than most

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Stop Lying to Yourself About Early Retirement, It’s Not About Saving Millions
Jul 14

Stop Lying to Yourself About Early Retirement, It’s Not About Saving Millions

Ever indulged in that dream of basking in the sun by your cabin on the lake while you’re still young enough to enjoy it? Early retirement — the idea of living “happily ever after” starting at the age of, well, say 30, is just a fantasy to most people. But there are some who are

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How My Single Mother Saved for College to Keep Me Debt Free After Graduation

How My Single Mother Saved for College to Keep Me Debt Free After Graduation

Raising kids in a two-parent household is tough enough on the pocketbook — imagine how difficult it is with just one income. Planning financially for your kids’ future is essential for any parent, but because of the stress and financial pressures single parents face, it’s especially important to take action early. According to the most

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Why You Should Plan to Retire the ‘Gen Y’ Way
Jul 12

Why You Should Plan to Retire the ‘Gen Y’ Way

As a Millennial, you probably see your career trajectory and retirement differently than your parents saw theirs. As a Gen Y’er, you don’t want to work for the firm until you’re 65 and later try to do your own thing and enjoy life. You want to pursue your ambitions now, whether that means going for

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