Category Archives: Budgeting

How to Rent a House with the Option to Buy

Renting a house with the option to buy can be a way to secure a house and lock in a price before you’re ready to buy. When you do a rent-to-buy transaction you typically pay some money upfront in addition … Continue reading

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How to Teach Your Teenager the Importance of Paying Taxes

While paying taxes might not be a fun thing to do, it is a fundamental requirement of living in the United States. The responsibility to pay even stretches to children and teenagers who earn enough to reach the Internal Revenue … Continue reading

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Retiring Alone? Advice for Solo Retirement Planning

It’s easy to find advice on retirement planning – and most of it is geared towards married couples. But singles retire too, and saving for retirement is even more important when you know you’ll be entering your golden years solo. … Continue reading

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Pros & Cons – Bank Debit Card Usage

Debit cards look like credit cards, can usually be used like credit cards, and in many ways are as convenient as credit cards. When you use debit cards, you don’t run the risk of having a credit score harmed by … Continue reading

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Which is Better? Paying Off My Debt or Starting a Savings

As the saying goes, when it rains, it pours. And while it might seem more responsible to pay off debt first, if you don’t save for a rainy day, you might find yourself right back in the debt you just … Continue reading

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Five Budgeting Ideas for New Parents

Planning for the arrival for a new baby can be exhilarating. Then sticker shock sets in. The truth is, having a new baby doesn’t have to completely drain your wallet. Let’s take a look at a few ways you can … Continue reading

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6 Money Drains and How to Avoid Them

When it comes to managing your finances, paying closer attention to monthly expenses can really pay off. You’re likely paying for services you don’t really need, or overdoing your discretionary spending. These types of money drains can zap your accounts, … Continue reading

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Tips for Selling Your House in the Winter

While spring is traditionally thought of as prime home-buying season, the reality is that people sell homes all year long. Whether it’s necessary to relocate for a new career or your dream home suddenly became available, you may find yourself … Continue reading

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Three Ways to Avoid Overspending This Holiday

The holidays are around the corner, and that means it’s time to get started on your gift list. It’s also not too early to start thinking about how you’ll pay for all those holiday gifts. Will you be among the … Continue reading

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Best Holiday Gift for Your Kids: Compassion for Others

As the holidays approach, we naturally think about giving to others, including making charitable donations. A gesture as simple as dropping a dollar into a bell-ringer’s bucket can be a teaching moment for your children. It’s a lesson that’s important … Continue reading

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