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5 Mistakes Renters Make

5 Mistakes Renters Make

5 Mistakes Renters Make

When you are looking for your next home, the first question to consider is will you rent or buy? Renting can often be the more affordable, less binding option — you just need to find the right rental for your lifestyle and budget. Whether you are new to the renting game or a renting lifer, you’ll… Read More

8 Reasons Why Your Parents Had an Easier Retirement Than You Will

8 Reasons Why Your Parents Had an Easier Retirement Than You Will

8 Reasons Why Your Parents Had an Easier Retirement Than You Will

Regardless how old you are now, it’s likely you’ll have a harder time pulling off a financially secure retirement than your parents did. Many of us haven’t planned and saved well, it’s true. But, also, fundamental changes in American life make it harder for today’s generations to achieve a comfortable life after work. 1. We’re Living Longer The number of Americans… Read More

6 Financial Moves to Help You Sleep Better at Night

6 Financial Moves to Help You Sleep Better at Night

6 Financial Moves to Help You Sleep Better at Night

Have you ever spent sleepless nights worrying about your finances? Between battling debt, working to pay off a mortgage and planning for retirement, there is plenty to think about. But don’t let these worries keep you up at night — take action. Check out some money decisions that will help you rest easy. 1. Track Your Spending… Read More

5 Ways to Cut Pet Care Costs

5 Ways to Cut Pet Care Costs

5 Ways to Cut Pet Care Costs

Having a pet can add so much to your life — companionship, joy, comfort, aide, vitality… and bills. Aside from all the time and energy pets require, they can also be very costly. The upfront costs of getting a pet, along with ongoing cost of food, medical care, grooming and toys can lead to a… Read More

U.S. Ranks Only 12th in Well-Being Survey

U.S. Ranks Only 12th in Well-Being Survey

U.S. Ranks Only 12th in Well-Being Survey

Here’s another reason you might feel a slight unease, or restlessness – a topic I am exploring in depth right now. People who live in the U.S. enjoy a standard of well-being that is below that of countries including Panama, Canada, Denmark and Brazil, according to a survey published Tuesday by Gallup and Healthways, which provides wellness services… Read More

Is a Roth IRA Right for You?

Is a Roth IRA Right for You?

Is a Roth IRA Right for You?

Sometimes when I focus so much on saving, I watch the numbers climb without thinking too much about the way I am saving it and whether there are better options. When planning how you will save money for retirement, it’s a good idea to consider your decisions carefully. One of the most common individual retirement… Read More

How Credit Cards Protect Sports Fans

How Credit Cards Protect Sports Fans

How Credit Cards Protect Sports Fans

This is an exciting time of year for sports fans. Football season has just begun, hockey season is around the corner and the baseball playoffs begin next month. At the same time, busy sports fans have scheduling conflicts, and there will always be frugal fans on the sidelines hoping to get a good deal on… Read More

23 Ways to Decorate Your Home for Less Than $50

23 Ways to Decorate Your Home for Less Than $50

23 Ways to Decorate Your Home for Less Than $50

Are you dreaming of improving your home, but you don’t have the budget to do big remodeling? If so, there’s still plenty you can do to scratch the home-improvement itch. 1. Do a Cheap Facelift There’s no quicker fix than a can of paint. Use it to give new life to dingy wood furniture. Try a new color in… Read More

How to Cut the Costs of Daily Chores

How to Cut the Costs of Daily Chores

How to Cut the Costs of Daily Chores

The old saying goes that nothing in life is certain except death and taxes. However, we could probably add laundry, dirty dishes and grimy floors to that list. On the face of it, you might not think too much about the price of your cleaning habits. After all, how much does it really cost to… Read More

5 Ways to Avoid Bank Fees

5 Ways to Avoid Bank Fees

5 Ways to Avoid Bank Fees

The majority of Americans pay little or nothing at all for banking services, a new survey from the American Bankers Association found, and the share of those who pay fees has gotten smaller since last year. Of 1,000 consumers who responded to the annual survey (ABA has commissioned it since 1998), 62% said they pay… Read More

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