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Eight Amazing Things That Happen When You Finally Pay Down Debt
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Living with debt may be seen as “normal” these days, but the damage debt does to our lives is far from okay. After all, carrying too much debt can cause more than budgeting problems; it can stress and personal problems, too. Experts at Psychology Today say that that your mental health and financial health are […]

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Eight Ways to Borrow Less for College
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If you feel like college costs a lot more than it used to, you’re absolutely correct. The average in-state tuition at public, four-year schools has more than tripled since 1988 — even when adjusted for inflation — from the equivalent of $3,190 a year in 1988 to $9,970 in the 2017-18 school year. The average price […]

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Eight Questions to Ask Yourself Before Investing in Anything
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There’s no shortage of investment recommendations out there. Your family members have opinions. Your friend that works for that financial company has suggestions. The internet is full of articles claiming to know what you should be investing in. With all of that input, how do you decide whether any individual investment is worth your money? […]

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Eight Cheap Ways to Refresh Your Kitchen Without a Full Remodel
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If you’ve been dreaming of a new kitchen but can’t stomach the thought of a pricey remodel, you’re right to worry. A 2016 analysis from Remodeling Magazine pegs the average cost of a full kitchen overhaul at about $60,000, after all. And while Angie’s List users have reported spending a more modest $20,000 to $25,000 […]

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Eight Key Strategies to Help Keep Overbooked Families from Overspending
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This time of the year, our family always feels incredibly overbooked. Our three children are each in a couple of activities all throughout the year that are really easy to manage. Musical practice once a week paired with martial arts practice twice a week in the evenings isn’t a problem. I participate in a couple […]

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Five Salary Negotiation Tips for People Who Hate Talking About Money
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Not negotiating salary when you accept a job offer can cost you up to $1 million over the course of your career. Still, many workers hesitate to ask for more money, either when they negotiate a new offer or at review time once they’re on the job. In fact, 57% of workers have never asked […]

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Five Big Mistakes Beginner Cooks Make
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Americans now spend more money on bars and restaurants than they do on groceries. A major reason for the change is that we live increasingly busy, on-the-go lifestyles. However, there’s another factor that might be just as significant: Many Americans have poor cooking skills or simply aren’t comfortable in the kitchen. The problem is magnified […]

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Is an Instant Pot Really a Worthwhile Frugal Purchase?
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Over the last few years, a hybrid pressure cooker and slow cooker called the Instant Pot has become quite popular in some circles and, as a result, many people have written to me asking for my thoughts on it. I’ve given some brief thoughts on it in the past, but I wanted to spell out […]

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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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Questions About Life Insurance, Kindle Books, Bicycles, Green Onions 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. Term or whole life insurance 2. Inexpensive and free Kindle books 3. US banking for Canadian residents 4. REI dividend update 5. Landscaping […]

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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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