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Don’t Expect God Alone to Fix Your Financial Problems

Let’s start this off with a disclaimer: I’m not the world’s most religious woman. I believe in God – the idea that we have a

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Six Ways to Squash Lifestyle Inflation

If you’re like many middle-class Americans, you’ve worked hard to get ahead and earn more money. And even if your progress is slow, you’re (hopefully)

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Is Pinterest the Enemy of Your Finances?

Earlier this year, my husband and I ordered a wooden shed for our yard. This decision took more than a year to make, mostly because

04.19.17
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Six Money Lessons I Learned From My Kids

While my husband and I have always worked hard, we didn’t really care about money until our late 20s. We felt the money we earned

04.13.17
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The Surprisingly Versatile Vegetable You May Be Ignoring (and Nine Creative Ways to Cook It)

“Eat your vegetables,” your mom told you. And she had a point. Federal researchers note that people who eat more natural foods are less likely

Best International Credit Cards With No Foreign Transaction Fee

If you’re planning a trip overseas, be aware: most credit cards charge a 1-3% fee on purchases made outside the U.S. Between hotel stays, dining,

04.10.17
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10 Things I Refuse to Do to Save Money

The best part about adopting a frugal lifestyle is that you can always find new ways to save money. We have more options than ever

04.06.17
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Here’s How Much Your Insurance Goes Up After an Accident

Planning to file a claim with your auto insurance? If so, you should brace yourself for higher premiums. This warning comes courtesy of a joint study

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Best Credit Card Signup Bonus Offers

Whether you’re pursuing airline miles, hotel loyalty points, flexible rewards, or simple-to-redeem cash back, the biggest bang for your buck is almost always found in

03.29.17
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Eight Ways to Use Expiring Produce

Knocking money off your grocery bill may not be easy, but it can be done. By using coupons, planning your meals, and shopping regular sales,

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Five Expenses We Didn’t Have to Deal With in the ’80s

Remember the ’80s? The stonewashed jeans? Hypercolor t-shirts? The bad hair and cheesy tunes? Punky Brewster, Alf, and Garbage Pail Kids? If you were a

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Here’s How Much the Average American Pays in Interest Each Year

From the moment we’re born, we’re taught that borrowing money is normal and, dare I say it, expected. From mortgages to car loans to $700 smartphones

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Eight Money Mistakes the Middle Class Keeps Making

About half of Americans lived in middle-income households in 2014, according to Pew Research. This demographic includes families with incomes two-thirds to double the U.S. median household

03.15.17
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Here’s What Our $150-a-Week Grocery Budget and Meal Plan Looks Like in Real Life

When my husband and I got serious about our finances years ago, our food spending was out of control. We were just two people and

03.14.17
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What NOT to Do When Selling Your Home

I’ll never forget an open house I visited in 2008. I asked our realtor to look around for some larger homes – possibly a two-story

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14 Savings Hacks That Don’t Always Work

Have you ever jumped through hoops to save money, only to find you paid more – or, wasted a bunch of time? Maybe you misread

03.07.17
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An Advanced Degree Can Help You Earn More Money – and Spend It All, If You’re Not Careful

For many college graduates, an advanced degree is a one-way ticket to earning more. By working beyond a bachelor’s degree, new graduates can climb the

03.01.17
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How Comprehensive Insurance Saved Me From a ‘Bad Gas’ Nightmare

On Jan, 6 of this year, something crazy happened to us that I’ll never forget. After finishing up a week in Puerto Rico for winter break,