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Talking with Teens about Debt

Teens are the single biggest target for credit card companies. The reason is simple; many teens are terrible with debt. Actually, they’re great at accruing debt which makes them a credit card company’s dream. They’ll rack up a hefty sum and then take years to pay it off, all the while paying interest to the creditor.… Read more

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MONEY MYTHS | The truth behind 13 money myths that could derail your finances

Unless you live, well, under a tree, you’ve probably heard the phrase, “money doesn’t grow on trees.” What you probably haven’t heard is that financial experts say expressions like this one — even when intended to motivate people to work hard — can actually have a negative impact on how people view money. Here’s why: Money… Read more

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The 5 best credit cards to travel with right now

With the leaves beginning to fall in earnest, you may be wondering if you can squeeze in one last trip before the winter doldrums set in. If so, before you pack those bags, it’s a good time to think about maximizing the purchasing power of your credit cards. To that end, WalletHub has just come out… Read more

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38-year-old millionaire shares 5 secrets to retiring early

All year long,’s Michael Timmermann is sharing quick and easy ways to save money as part of our Michael Saves series. Check in every Monday as he puts new and familiar savings strategies to the test. Sign up for our newsletter to have these stories delivered to your inbox! Chris Reining, 38, was in his… Read more


Your journey to financial independence

Over the next eight columns, I will be showing you how to create your own financial plan. These columns will be linear in format, so starting with this one, we will go through a step-by-step processes to build your personal financial plan. The end-result will be a personal financial plan that can guide you to personal… Read more

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Should you buy a vacation home and rent it out?

Dear Dave, What is your opinion of buying a vacation home, then renting it out when you’re not there? J.P. Dear J.P., I see nothing wrong with it, as long as you’re buying with cash and you’re also debt free. A vacation home is a wonderful “extra” as you start building wealth. Remember, though, it’s still… Read more

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Money 101 | 5 basic money rules you can live by forever

The concept of personal finance can be intimidating, especially if you’ve never learned much about it (which is the case for most people). And very often, when you try to learn, the Internet is full of so much clutter these days, it can be difficult to know whom to trust. But here’s the good news: if… Read more

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Keeping track of your money is crucial: Here’s why and an easy way to do it

Keeping tabs on, and protecting, your money Regardless of how much you have or how much you make, keeping tabs on your money is the best way to stretch your paycheck as far as possible. By knowing exactly what is coming in and what is going out, you can make smarter decisions with your money —… Read more

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How to control your spending | Try managing your money the old-fashioned way

Taking control of your money The concept of money — and everything that goes along with it — can definitely be confusing, intimidating and certainly overwhelming. But I want to make something very clear: You do not have to be an expert to be good with money. Watch the video Regardless of how much you have… Read more


How to rethink your budget | It’s not just about spending less, but spending smarter

Contrary to popular belief, budgeting isn’t actually about restricting yourself and never having fun — it’s about understanding your money, so you can make smarter choices in life. Why you need to rethink the concept of budgeting A budget is simply a tool that allows you to stretch your paycheck as far as possible. Watch the… Read more

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