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House poor: How two homes caused enormous debt
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David Domzalski was just beginning to process the ultrasound images of his first son when his wife told him that she wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. This meant becoming a one-income house, and that meant their debts would take longer to pay off. It also meant the young family would soon be house poor. House poor […]

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Some Thoughts on the Choices We Make When Decorating Our Homes
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I was recently made aware of a fascinating business called Books by the Foot. This business buys bulk books from publishers and libraries and other sources that might otherwise just throw them away and then sells them by the foot for people who want to create the visual appearance of having a giant library of […]

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Borrowers say 'stealth' mortgage modifications by Wells Fargo could cost them their homes – Los Angeles Times
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Los Angeles Times Borrowers say 'stealth' mortgage modifications by Wells Fargo could cost them their homesLos Angeles TimesWells Fargo is facing allegations of a new scandal, this time involving its treatment of mortgage borrowers in bankruptcy. Some of the borrowers allege that the bank attempted to quietly modify their mortgages so that their monthly payments […]

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Questions About Starter Homes, Online Shopping, Hiking Footwear, Pinterest, and More!
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What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Need a wake up call 2. Cheap cross country move 3. Starter homes for children 4. Online shopping is shopping us? 5. Work […]

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Inspiration from Bob Ross, Aala El-Khani, Marie Forleo, Walt Whitman, and More
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Once a month (or so), I share a dozen things that have inspired me to greater personal, professional, and financial success in my life. I hope they bring similar success to your life. 1. Marie Forleo on clarity “Clarity comes from engagement, not thought.” – Marie Forleo To put it another way, action often makes […]

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Eight Ways to Use Expiring Produce
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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, it’s not that hard to whittle your food bill down a notch or two. Still, you can often save even more with a very basic technique: Reducing food waste. By […]

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Here’s How Much the Average American Pays in Interest Each Year
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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 we pay for over 24 months, we’re taught to spread the pain of our purchases over the course of many months or years. Obviously, this mindset isn’t always bad. With housing […]

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Three Reasons to Cut or Change Your Commute
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The average American commute is now 26 minutes each way, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That means the typical U.S. worker now spends almost an hour each day commuting. Assuming a five-day workweek, two weeks of vacation per year, and 4o years of working full-time, that adds up to roughly a year of your life just […]

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What NOT to Do When Selling Your Home
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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 deal or a roomy ranch with a basement. I was thrilled when she came up with a list of six homes for us to see in one day — one […]

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Common Ways Minimalism Will Save You Money
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Minimalism is a modern concept and way of life that promotes living well with less stuff. In a way, it can seem a bit taboo especially if society has been telling you to buy more things to become happier and feel better about your life for as long as you could remember. There has always […]

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An Advanced Degree Can Help You Earn More Money – and Spend It All, If You’re Not Careful
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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 corporate ladder, move into middle or upper management, and perhaps score a higher-ranking position at a new firm. While not all jobs that require advanced degrees pay enough to justify […]

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