Helpful tips for financial planning and getting your finances under control. Plan for a healthy financial future.

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How to Plan a Thrifty Summer Vacation

When you’re living on a budget, it can be hard to imagine stepping outside your weekly routine to travel. Vacations can be relaxing, but only if they fit within your means. There are many easy ways to start saving for something big, but you don’t have to have a ton of extra money socked away […]

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Best Thrifty Gifts for Grads in 2019

The art of giving gifts takes years to master, and it can be challenging to get it right on a budget. As graduation season approaches, there may be a few students in your life who you’re considering gifting something special to. This post will offer a few ways to give gifts that are sustaining, appreciated, […]

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5 Great Financial Resources for College Students

How to manage your money isn’t something most high schools teach. While formal courses on financial literacy are now available at some colleges and universities, they can be hard to fit into one’s schedule and enrollment is limited. Should you or your college student have questions about saving, managing your loans, and how to manage […]

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Learn to Be Innovative with Your Money

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For businesses, innovation helps a brand or products stand out, which in turn drives down competition and propels revenue. But thanks to evolving laws, a flood of new apps and a modern economy, innovation isn’t just for startups, Fortune 500 companies or the Steve Jobs of the world. Being innovative with your money can give […]

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The Surprising Link Between Confidence and Money

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New research shows many people feel unsure about their financial knowledge—even when their knowhow isn’t all that bad.  Whether asked about financial planning and budgeting or investments in the macro-economy, for example, a 2017 Canadian study found people felt least confident about things like investments, borrowing, risks and the financial landscape. Lack of financial confidence […]

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The Financial Pitfalls of Subscription Model Services

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Quick! Name all the subscription-based services you are currently signed up for. Netflix or Hulu? Amazon Prime? How about software or online storage services like Microsoft, Dropbox or Google Cloud? Are you paying an annual fee to access the New York Times or Consumer Reports? What about music streaming apps like Pandora or Spotify? If you’re like […]

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How to Write a Promissory Note for a Friendly Loan

Promissory note for a friendly loan

No one feels good about asking a friend or family member for a loan. Whether due to poor planning, bad luck or some combination of the two, finding yourself in financial trouble feels bad enough. Having to reveal your problems to a loved one, ask that they reach into their own wallets and then trust […]

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Money Scripts: Negotiate Your Internet, Cable & Phone Bills

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Unhappy with your internet and cable providers? Join the club. Earlier this year, Consumer Reports surveyed more than 176,000 of its members and learned that telecom customers—paying a median of $186 per month for TV, internet and home phone services—weren’t too happy about their service. But the survey also uncovered some good news. Of the […]

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SMART Strategies to Save Up for Something Big

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Saving up for something big—or just working to pay down a debt—can feel like an overwhelming task, especially at the outset. As with most big goals, standing on the bottom of the proverbial mountain and looking up past the clouds is just about the worst way to go about psyching yourself up to get there. […]

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Rid Yourself of Costly Toxins with a New Year’s Financial Cleanse

Man looking at phone doing a financial cleanse

Ever tried a detox diet, fasting or a cleanse? Touted by celebrities and health gurus alike, reducing your dietary intake for a set amount of time is believed by some to bring big benefits that range from enhanced mental and spiritual clarity and improved circulation to a general feeling of lightness and rejuvenation. Given the state of […]