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Money Management: 3 Basic Skills To Have

January 15th, 2016

Managing your money is all about being self aware of your spending habits and making wise decisions about spending your money. Combining these two aspects of money management will allow you to be successful in your personal finances and in any of your future financial goals. Being self aware is realizing your spending habits but also knowing if they are helping or hindering your ability to improve your finances. Once you take note of your particular way of spending that is when you can start to make changes.


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How to Make a Successful Savings Plan

January 15th, 2016

A savings account is one significant aspect of a sound financial diet. The most common form of saving money is through a savings account. There are two ways in which to open a savings account, through your current bank or online. Recently, online savings accounts have become popular for their interest rates and simplicity to consumers. A savings account offers a variety of features so that you are able to deposit and withdraw funds conveniently, while still being able to keep track of your finances. In addition, having a dedicated account to saving money will keep you from spending money intended for other more important expenditures.


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How To Use Your Credit Wisely

January 14th, 2016

Credit is a necessary evil when it comes to personal finances but one that can be managed. When it comes to credit, it is all about your choices, or rather when to use a credit card and when not to use your credit card. If you make bad choices with your credit, it could cost you a bad credit score or worse a huge amount of debt, but when used appropriately, credit can actually be your friend. The key is to use your credit wisely and with the right intention.


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Student Loans: Paying Them Right Out of College

January 14th, 2016

Graduating from college is a huge accomplishment but the debt that comes with it can be an even bigger accomplishment to pay off. As of 2015, a student will graduate with an average of over $35,000 in student debt. Unfortunately, with the rate of rising tuition this number is only going to grow and get bigger. In fact, the majority of students graduating from a college or university will have student debt.


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Credit Score: 5 Things To Know

January 13th, 2016

Credit is something that everyone has, whether they know it or not, and is one of the key aspects of anyone’s personal finances. However, many people know very little about how it works and how it affects their lives. This can create problems when it comes to future financial goals and milestones. Many people lack basic understanding of credit due to lack of knowledge. Credit isn’t something that is taught in school or that parents teach their kids, it’s left for more of a personal lesson, which can lead to disastrous consequences.


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The Best Ways to Eliminate Debt

January 12th, 2016

Debt can be a tricky thing to get rid of especially when it gets to really high levels. An average American has a debt load of over $15,000, which is a significant amount of money to try to pay off alone, not including interest. However, most people struggle to pay off this debt due to all of the other bills and priorities in life. This eventually will lead to a huge amount of debt and an overwhelming feeling that you will never be able to pay it off. But this can be avoided, when you take the right steps towards debt elimination. Keep in mind that eliminating debt does take time and can be a lengthy process.


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Money Mistakes That Cost You More Than You Think

January 12th, 2016

Money management is a difficult process but with dedication, you can end up using your money wisely. However, in order to make the most out of your funds, there are some things you will need to change about your spending habits. Most people think that in order to be good with money they have to either make drastic changes in their lives or be cheap. Well neither is true. Money management is all about planning; planning on where to spend, how to spend and when not to spend.


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Using Your Tax Return To Improve Your Finances

January 11th, 2016

Tax season is right upon us, the date to start filing your taxes is officially January 19th this year. With that in mind, this is the perfect time to give your personal finances an added boost. This boost should be to improve your personal finances not to just splurge the extra funds on a nice trip or a new car. Many Americans think that a tax refund is “extra cash” for spending but that’s the worst thing you could do with your return. In fact, some of the best things to do are to invest it into another aspect of your finances.


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How to Pay Off Your Auto Loan Faster

January 11th, 2016

Most Americans who have an auto loan, usually make payments on it monthly. A “car note” is considered a monthly bill to most people and in some cases a necessity. For this reason and others most people spread the payment of a car across many years. However, paying off an auto loan doesn’t have to take as long as most people think. Auto loans like other loans, are about making your monthly payments as quickly and consistently as possible. However, you can increase your payments or the funds toward your auto loan in a variety of ways so that you can pay off your auto loan faster and stay out of debt easier.


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Debt Control: A Four Step Program

January 8th, 2016

When it comes to debt, the best thing to do is handle it right away. In fact, you should constantly be aware of your current debt situation and personal finances. By having this information, you will be armed and ready to tackle your debts at any time. However, you will need to do a couple of things before you will be able to achieve any of your debt relief goals.


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