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The 10 Most Expensive Habits of Americans

Did you know you could be wasting thousands of dollars a year without even realizing it? That number is drawn from the habits many of us have — most of which aren’t even good for our health or well-being. Some of those habits are presented below to help you realize …

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How to Give Your Holiday Budget a Boost

As the holidays march steadily closer, you may start to think you could use a little more money to make your holiday dreams come true. Why not try part-time work? Any one of these nine options might get you over the seasonal money hump many consumers face: Mall Markets American …

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How to Organize Your Finances Like an Adult

One of the biggest challenges facing anyone who’s reached adulthood is managing finances. That’s because the effort cuts across specialties. A good financial manager is part secretary, part mathematician, part accountant, part forecaster, and part stress manager. It all seems a bit overwhelming for those of us who want to …

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8 Car Insurance Myths Uncovered

Like many urban legends, the stories behind how car insurance myths got started may never be known. Still, like rumors in high school, they’ve spread like wildfire. Some people may actually believe whatever they’re told, and that can cost them in the long run. Don’t fall for the traps that …

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How to Avoid a Foreclosure During Hard Times

Despite confident declarations from economists that the Great Recession is over and the financial recovery is well underway, many middle-income Americans are still struggling to make ends meet. If you’re one of the many people still living paycheck to paycheck, you might be losing sleep over the idea of the …

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What to Do When You Become Rich…

Rich people fascinate me. So much so that I’ve blogged about this before. But this time I want to focus on the big 4 things I’ve found, through empirical research, to be the most popular activities among the wealthy. I don’t really enjoy talking to rich people because they are rich. …

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How to Spruce up Your House on a Budget

Everyone wants their house to look like a home: cozy, comforting, and, well, nice. However, sometimes getting it that way can cost a penny or two. What do you do when you want to make improvements but can’t afford to demolish from the ground up? You do what you can …

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Dating: The Phroogal Way

If you want to know something that’s hard to budget for… it’s dating. Who knows how much it’ll cost? You could be trying to impress first dates for years. That’s a lot of money. Or, you could get in a comfortable relationship early in life and pretty soon the only …

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Should You Buy a House at an Auction?

Do you have the right stuff to buy a home at auction? A very popular show on the HGTV network is “Flip or Flop,”  in which a couple purchases a home at auction. Then they gut it, renovate it and sell it for a profit – or at least they …

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