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5 Non-Profits Surviving on Generosity: How They Make It Work

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Several organizations rely on donations alone as a business model. These non-profits know how to earn money and even thrive during a recession. Take a look at five of the biggest non-profits and how they make this business model work. Volunteers from the United Way Image via Flickr by Thompson Rivers The United Way is […]

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How to Stay Afloat Financially After Losing Your Job

How To Survive Getting Laid Off

The recent economic downturn has affected many businesses and cost employees across the nation their jobs, and when you are one of those who has been let go, you need a plan of action in order to survive. Several practical tips can help you stay afloat financially during this stressful time. Family Involvement Involve the […]

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Affordable Home Loan Options

Home Mortgage

Home shoppers are constantly hunting for the best deal available.  They have to prioritize their must-haves to find a reasonable balance of size, location, property condition and price.  With all of these home details to consider, buyers don’t always take the time to evaluate loan program options.  First-time home buyers who are new to loans […]

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Financial Goals for the New Year

Get Out of Debt Resolution

It’s that time of year when everyone starts thinking about what their new year’s resolutions are going to be.  Every year, I set goals for all areas of my life, from financial, to career, to physical.  I typically write 1 year and 5 year goals. Do you know what your goals are for 2012?  If […]

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4 Signs a House Is Overpriced

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Whether you’re a homeowner looking to sell your home or a real estate agent helping homeowners price their homes, you need to know how to spot a house that is overpriced so you don’t make the same mistake. That’s why we’ve detailed some of the most common things that will tip you off that a […]

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The Price of Addiction: What It’s Costing Your Family

Price of Addiction

Abusing a substance, whether it be legal or illegal, can have devastating effects on a person’s body. But, the devastation does not stop here. It can also lead to horrible effects on the abuser’s family’s finances. Continue reading below to learn how a substance abuse problem can completely turn a family’s finances upside down, sometimes […]

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Car Leasing Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated

Car Leasing Made Easy

  More and more people are turning to car leasing as a way of making ownership of a brand new car more affordable and cost effective.  Whether you are looking to lease a car for business, or personally, the benefits are numerous but many people still don’t take up the benefits because the whole process […]

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Money Rules To Live By

Rules For Managing Your Money

8 Foundational rules of financial education that you need to know and understand in order to take charge of your finances and build true wealth. When it comes to financial literacy among young American’s the numbers look pretty bleak. A study by the National Council on Economic Education, which covered over 20 economic and personal […]

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Saving For College: Traditional & Roth IRA Plans

Using An IRA For College Expenses

Using a Traditional IRA or a Roth IRA as a savings plan for college expenses. Earlier in this series I discussed using 529 Savings Plans and Cloverdell Education Savings Account (ESA) to help pay for college. In this installment I’ll go over how you can use Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) to pay for qualified educational […]

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Watch Out for Auto Loan Modification Scams

Loam Modification Scam

The economy has been hard on many drivers and made it difficult for many of them to make the required payments on their auto loans. Many lenders have tried to work with their consumers to modify the terms of the loans to make it easier for them to make their payments. Unfortunately, a number of […]

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Choosing The Best College Savings Plan: Coverdell ESA

Coverdell Education Savings Account

Are you considering investing in your child’s college education?  Ever wonder which college savings program is right for your specific financial situation?  Well you’ve come to the right place.  In part 1, I discussed the 529 College Savings plans.  You can read about the 529 college savings plan here: 529 College Savings Plan In today’s post, I will talk […]

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Choosing The Best College Savings Plan: 529 Plans

529 College Savings Plan

Ever wonder which college savings plan is right for your child?  Through the myriad of choices, it can be quite complicated to figure out which plan makes sense to your specific financial situation.  In this 3-part series of  blog posts, I will talk about the types of college savings plans available. There are generally 3 […]

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Top 10 Most Useful Android Financial Applications

Best Android Personal Finance Apps

Android is one of the world’s most popular smartphone operating systems. If you own a phone that runs on the platform, you already know how useful it is as you can make and receive unlimited long distance phone. However, Android smartphones offer many additional great phone features that include the usage of apps that can […]

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3 Essential Financial Conversations You Need To Have Today

Important Financial Conversations

There are 3 critical discussions you need to have with your spouse or partner to ensure a financially sound and happy home life. Whether you’re newly married or been together for decades these 3 topics are essential and if you’ve haven’t already you should set aside some time to go over and discuss viewpoints on […]

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Voters’ Choices

Election 2012

The two candidates vying for the Presidency of the United States, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, offer striking viewpoints on the economic challenges facing the nation. Although there a number of such differences, the two major issues upon which differences appear involve how each candidate would address the nation’s economy and how each candidate views […]

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Practice What You Preach: How Your Poor Financial Planning Affects Your Children

Family Finances

“Do as I say, not as I do,” is a favorite phrase for many parents, even though we all know it’s not a great way to parent. No matter what you say, your children are going to learn a lot by your example, whether that example is about your eating habits, lifestyle choices, or even […]

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Nielsen Global Survey of Investment Attitudes Explains Oz Spending

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The Nielsen Global Survey of Investment Attitudes is one of the world’s most useful tools for economic predictions of all sorts, from one of the top globally acknowledged analysis and ratings institutions. This year, the survey was released in early July and conducted over 18 days in February. It polled some 28,000 consumers in 56 […]

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5 Essential Bookkeeping Tips

Bookkeeping

Bookkeeping is not the most stimulating of work, but it’s essentially important to accurately record your business affairs. Computer software can also help to take a great deal of the strain. Financial software can be tremendously helpful to small business, especially if the small business is being run by just one individual. There is a […]

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5 Money Tips For The College Freshman

Money Tips For College Freshman

The first year of college is a time of great change and growth both for the new student and for parents.  Freshman year means lots of new freedoms and responsibilities; for many its the first time out on their own, first time having to make and manage their own budget and first time having to […]

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