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3 Reasons You Probably Don’t Save Enough

Whether your main financial goal is to pay off debt, buy a home, or retire comfortably, chances are that saving money will be instrumental to achieving it. Yet too many of us just aren’t saving enough. Why is that? The following are the three main culprits I’ve found and what to do about them: Read more

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Getting Rid Of Your Cell Phone? Wipe It Clean First

Cell phones have become so common in our world today that we forget how much sensitive information is contained on these innocuous devices. Such information in the wrong hands could give an unscrupulous person access to private information, including links and passwords to financial accounts and statements. I recently switched cell phone providers to reduce my cost and increase my coverage and reliability, but I was not prepared to make sure the data that had accumulated on my old phone was cleared out before passing it on to the next user. Read more

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Don’t Let Car Problems Wreck Your Finances

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you had to dip into your savings account or worse, pull out that credit card that you just paid off and use it for sudden car problems? When my husband and I were struggling financially, there were few areas in our finances that brought us to our knees the way that a potential car problem did. As my husband and I were reminiscing (really shuddering), he told me that if he had to talk to a couple struggling to manage their finances and their cars the following is what he would tell them: Read more

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Should You Lease Or Buy Your Cell Phone?

Usually when someone is talking about leasing versus buying, they are talking about a car or real estate. However, have you ever stopped to consider that when it comes to choosing a cell phone provider, you might be making the exact same decision? You probably never thought of it this way, but when you sign a contract with any one of the major carriers, you are in essence leasing the phone.  Read more

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Always Read the Fine Print

Last month was my son David’s 15th birthday. For years, he has been asking for a cell phone, and now that he is a freshman in high school, has maintained good grades, and has shown at least some level of responsibility, his mother and I decided he was ready. I agreed to add David to our cell phone plan on one condition: that he buys his own phone. (Susan and I have found that the kids are more likely to take care of their devices when the cost to purchase it comes out of their own pocket.)  Read more

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Eating Healthy On A Budget

Okay, I will admit it. I am a little bit of a health nut. I love to run, do obstacle races, and do CrossFit and decided to also do the Insanity videos because I felt I needed a little something extra. My husband just looks at me, shakes his head, and loves me enough to give me the Epson salt when he sees me struggling to get off the couch – without commentary. Now that is true love. Read more

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Don’t Pay For Free Stuff

I was walking down a long pier with my kids not too long ago and there was a big splash off to our left.I jokingly yelled “Free Willy” and my kids looked at me like I was having some type of out-of-body experience. They had no idea what I was talking about since the movie was made well before any of them were born, and while they’ve seen nearly every Disney and Pixar movie made since their birth, I guess they missed some of the older ones. They know way more about “Finding Nemo” than “Free Willy.”   Read more

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Lessons From A Move

One of our financial planners, Daphne Winston, moved recently. She and I were on the phone as she was flying to her settlement and then we talked again shortly after. A few days went by without us touching base so I sent her a message asking how the move was going and she said that she was NEVER going to move again!  I asked her to put her thoughts into words for the blog and here’s what she sent to me: Read more

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5 Things You Need To Know About Auto Insurance

If you own a vehicle, maintaining sufficient auto insurance coverage is a necessity. Unfortunately, this area of our financial lives can become easy to neglect over the years. This is why an annual review of our insurance policies should be part of the financial planning process and those auto insurance policies need more than just a passing glance. If for no other reason, a refresher on the basics of auto insurance can help save you money while providing reassurance that you are protected for those “life happens” moments that can occur while behind the wheel of an automobile. Here are 5 things to know about auto insurance: Read more

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“Worthless” Hunks of Junk

My daughter and I were talking about cars recently.She borrowed mine to “allow me” to drive hers for a few days to see if I could figure out what was the source of a noise coming from her car. After driving it for two days, I couldn’t figure out the noise but I was able to fill up her empty gas tank, check her fluids and inflate her tires.    Read more

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