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Spring Cleaning for Your Finances

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8 Things to Do This April We are three weeks into the spring season. By this time of the year most of us are screaming for Mother Nature to bring us warmer temperatures and turn the leafless, dead landscape into the vibrant green growth we only vaguely remember at this point. It’s also typically a […]

Will This Really Save You Money?

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My kitchen counter is littered with unsolicited mail from banks and lenders. All of them offering me deals to refinance my home mortgage. If you’re a homeowner I’m sure you’re getting the same kind of offers. Lenders across the country are trying to convince mortgage holders that now is the perfect time to refinance. Mr. […]

This is How They Trick You

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The Marketing Trick Retailers Don’t Want You to Know We all know it yet we still fall for it. Companies frequently use marketing ploys and tricks to gain our business. This holiday season is no exception. Retailers are bringing back a marketing ploy originally introduced in the 1950’s. Layaway programs. Before there were credit cards […]

5 Financial Products You DON’T Need

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As a personal finance expert I often get emails from readers asking for my opinion on financial products and services they are considering buying. There are many things that people buy that are a waste of money. Most of the time you don’t need those items at all or can find less costly or free […]

Wallet or Waistline?

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Survey Reveals Most Popular Trainer in 2011: Finances over Fitness Health and Wealth. Those are the two most popular New Year’s resolutions. In a survey by Allianz Life Insurance Company respondents were asked which 2011 resolution they are most likely to keep. Managing their money better (39 percent) was nearly equal to improving their exercise/diet […]

Bounce Back From Being Broke

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How To Get Back On Track When You’re Broke It can be hard to stay afloat in the month of December. Your outflow always seems to exceed your inflow of cash this time of year. There are presents to buy, travel costs like airline or hotel stays, office parties that require Secret Santa gifts. All […]

How This Ruins Your Dream

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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 […]

Avoid the January Credit Crunch

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How I Told The Grinch to F*%$ OFF!! 2010 will be another tough holiday season to get through, financially speaking. It’s been like this for the past three or four years. So by now I’ve developed a few tricks to get through the season without going broke. Believe me I don’t want to be paying […]

The New Age Piggy Bank

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Reaching Your Short Term Financial Goals… Quickly July… The month when America turns a year older. It also marks the midpoint of your fiscal year. With half the year gone by already it’s a good time to do a check up on your financial goals. Are you on track so far? There are two types […]

Your Wife’s HOT

Your Wife’s HOT That’s what a billboard promoting a new air conditioning company in my town says. Wow talk about great advertising. Its message is short, sweet and attention grabbing. And it couldn’t be timelier since the summer heat is on full blast from Mother Nature’s furnace. The summer may just be getting started up […]

 
 
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