Financial Tips for Fall

Fall means dreams of pumpkin spice lattes, turkey dinners and a cozy holiday season just around the corner. Here are a few ways to make sure you’re financially well-equipped for the last stretch of the year. 1. Winterize your home: Save energy, save cash As temperatures drop, home heating bills rise. But properly sealing and insulating a house…

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Breaking Up With Name Brands

As you walk up and down the aisles at your local grocery store, shopping list in hand, do you stop and think about how you could save big bucks on your entire purchase without having to become an extreme couponer?  The secret? Buying private-label products instead of brand-name products. What are private-label products? Commonly referred…

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Budgeting Basics

Budgets are like the New Year’s resolutions of personal finance. We all know we should have one and we all know it’s a fairly simple thing to follow—at least in theory. Like resolutions, we often map out personal budgets with the best of intentions, only to abandon them a couple of weeks later. It’s easy…

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Spring Clean Your Finances

As the weather starts to get a bit warmer, you might be thinking about spring cleaning in your home. It’s time to chase away those dust bunnies and take your unwanted items to Goodwill. While you’re at it, you might want to take time to spring clean your finances with these simple steps I found from Fiscal Fizzle: Start with…

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Credit Score Breakdown

You’ve likely heard about credit scores before (thanks to all those commercials with terrible jingles), but what do you actually know about them? How long have they been around? And what’s the deal with checking them? A credit score is a number (usually between 350 and 800) that represents your creditworthiness. It’s a standardized measurement that financial institutions…

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Tips for Buying Your First Home

  Is there anything more stressful than buying your first home? Skydiving? Perhaps. But surely spending six figures – much of it borrowed – has to rank in the top five on anyone’s anxiety list. Buying your first place may not be stress-free, but it shouldn’t be a white-knuckle experience either, if you’re prepared. Here’s…

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