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Secret IRS Loophole for Withdrawing Cash

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Secret IRS Code 72 (t): Take Advantage of an IRS Loophole that lets you take money out of your IRA before age 59 ½ There is a massive wave of people getting ready to retire in the next few years. Many are expected to retire before they reach age 65. Sounds like a nice idea […]

Your Friend or Your Enemy

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How to Win With Credit Cards So one of the most common issues readers email me about is credit cards. I lovingly refer to credit cards as “frenemies.” They disguise themselves as friendly faces with their cash back, rewards points, airlines miles and low interest rates. In reality, they lower credit scores, get people into […]

You Must Cancel This Right Away

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Do Not Duplicate Ever wonder where insurance came from? It seems it’s always been around. The roots can be traced back to Babylonian times, around 2100 B.C. The Code of Hammurabi was the first insurance policy. It was paid by the traders in the form of a loan to guard against the perils of transportation […]

Your Retirement or Your Kid’s Education

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Your Retirement Or Your Kid’s Education Your retirement or your kid’s college education?  Which do you choose to save for if you can’t save for both? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, college graduates typically earn one million more in their lifetime than workers without a college degree making your children’s continuing education an important […]

Focus on These 4 to Save Big

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Did You Really Buy That NOW? When the Wealth Authority first asked me to share my money saving philosophy with their members my first question was, what IS my philosophy? For most of my life I have been characterized as frugal and very adept at finding ways to save money, but are personality traits like […]

You Need to Understand TCO

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Buying versus Renting. Which is the best choice for you? This age old question has been debated by experts for years now. Some come to the conclusion it’s cheaper to buy while others proclaim renting is easier on your wallet. When it comes to homes most people assume buying is cheaper than renting.  Tell that […]

Let Someone Else Do It

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DIY vs Pay – When to Just Pay Up Long time readers know that I am somewhat of a bookworm. I am constantly reading online newspapers, books, articles, magazines. For me to be able to read I need complete silence. I can’t sit on the couch while the TV is on, even if my husband […]

Extreme Coupon or Extreme Problem?

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Is Nancy Patterson and Extreme Couponer? Have you ever seen the show Extreme Couponing on TLC?  It’s a television program that profiles die-hard coupon clippers who buy hundreds and sometimes even thousands of dollars’ worth of groceries and other merchandise with coupons to save up to 99%. The show has caused quite a stir since […]

You Can Have it For Less

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Haggling Like a Pro in No Time The view from our 10th floor hotel room overlooked the tip of a small peninsula in northern Cancun. The sea was beautiful. It was clear as glass and the brightest blue I had ever seen. The air was hot but the swift coastal wind cooled us off enough […]

Shocking Credit Report

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Unexpected Ways You Could Be Damaging Your Credit We all want good credit scores. It makes us feel good about ourselves and helps us get the financing we need. Scores in the 700’s make us puff out our chests and feel proud. We believe that people with good credit scores make smart financial decisions and […]

Make Your Child a Millionaire

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Millionaire Children Have you ever wanted to do something truly special for your children or grand children?  Well today I want you to help them become millionaires.  It will also help you develop a better understanding of how anyone can develop wealth with a steady plan.  One of the most important things I’ve learned about […]

Proven Social Security Loopholes

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The 5 Social Security Loopholes the Government Doesn’t Want Retirees to Know About Loophole sounds like a bad word. It immediately makes you think of illegal activity in which something (usually money) is being stolen out from under someone. But not all loopholes are bad. In fact, I want to tell you about 5 such […]

Hidden Dangers – Transferring Debt

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Managing Your Debt with Balance Transfers: 6 Hidden Dangers You Need To Know Balance transfers are a useful financial tool when you’ve gotten yourself in a bit of a pickle with credit card debt. The average American household has $7,123 in credit card debt. So it stands to reason that a lot of people are […]

Living Like Our Mothers and Grandmothers

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Living in The Past Why is it that our grandparents lived so much more frugal than us? For starters, they didn’t have monthly bills like cell phones, internet, or digital cable with a receiver in every room. It’s funny to see how all these monthly bills have become “necessities”. It wasn’t too long ago when […]

Hacker Get’s Free Travel (See How)

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Become a Travel Hacker and See the World For Free The word hacker usually conjures up an image of a person who gains access to restricted information using a computer. It’s not always a positive image, but it is an enviable one. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to use the computer to “hack” […]

Can You Spot The Millionaire?

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The Secret to Real Wealth Some of us believe that rich people know something that the rest of us don’t; that at some point in their lives they were let in on a little known secret. And they’ve used that knowledge to gain immense wealth. At least that’s what it must be right, a secret […]

Drastically Lowering Healthcare Bills

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Medical Misery: How to Lower Your Expensive Healthcare Bill Do you know what the most common reason Americans cite when filing for bankruptcy? I’ll give you a hint. It has nothing to do with poor money management skills, credit cards or job loss. Unpaid medical bills will affect nearly 2 million people in this country-making […]

Live Like a Millionaire on Minimum Wage

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Living Rich: How to Do it on a Poor Man’s Budget Living in mega mansions…driving shiny, new sports cars…vacationing in hot spots around the globe…wearing designer duds…these are all trappings of a rich life. We’re taught from birth that acquiring wealth and being rich will give you the best life possible. The problem is 99 […]

A Fun Game to Save Money FAST

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Money Mission: No Spending Money for a Week Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to go a week without spending any money. Pay your bills, and follow your daily routine as much as possible, but spend no money on the “extras” that you typically would. The purpose of this mission is to […]

Never Run Out of Money Again

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4 Strategies to Ensure You Never Run Out of Money Most weeks you’ll hear me talking about how to invest your money and make it grow, more specifically the best ways to grow retirement portfolios. I know that’s a big concern for a lot of investors. Most of us spend decades worrying that we aren’t […]

5 Common Auto Mechanic Scams

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The 5 Most Common Scams Mechanics Pull and How to Avoid Them “$500,” my husband said. I turned my head around to look in his direction. He wasn’t laughing and I couldn’t see any hint of a smile. In fact he looked relaxed. He leaned his shoulder against the doorframe and looked right at me.  […]

Can the US Government Confiscate Your Money?

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Could What Happened in Cyprus Happen in the U.S.? Do you remember when the country of Cyprus was in need of a major bailout? The people of Cyprus, called Cypriots, have had a rough go of it. Their country is in financial turmoil, like most of the world and they wound up taking some extreme […]

Here’s How to Avoid an Audit

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Worried About an Audit? Read This Letter to Find out How to Avoid It! If history is any indicator slightly more than one percent of Americans will get audited this year. But I’m sure nearly 100 percent of us will be worrying that it will be us until tax season is over. Before you worry […]

An Error on Your Credit Report

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The Truth about Credit Reporting You probably know you can get a free copy of your credit report once a year. But when is the last time you did that? When’s the last time you looked at what’s on your credit report? A new report from the Federal Trade Commission agency found that one in […]

$161,000 Will Make You Happy

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Money Can Buy Some Happiness Many researchers have tried to determine if money can in fact buy happiness. They’ve conducted studies, done interviews, gathered data all in an effort to put a price on the emotion. One study a few years back put the amount at $75,000. They found that as income goes up, so […]

 
 
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