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Tips, advice, statistics and more on how to increase your financial security. You’ll learn how best to manage your finances, invest your money, deal with debt, and more as we cover topics surrounding investments (equities, bonds, etc.), debt (credit cards, car payments, student loans, etc.), as well planning for major financial events in your life including retirement, weddings, children, and more.

Best Credit Report Monitoring: Experian vs Equifax vs Transunion vs Credit Karma vs Credit Sesame

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Yes, you are more than just a number. You are a talented, charming, one-of-a-kind individual with many wonderful qualities. Now for some tough love: when it comes to securing a loan or a line of credit, none of that matters. Your ability to borrow money, your “creditworthiness,” all comes down to a three-digit number, your credit score. What’s more, in many states, prospective employers can even check your credit prior to hiring you. So it pays, literally, to maintain good credit... Read More »

How Do I Become a Successful Investor?

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If you were to listen to the radio today, you might encounter entertainers who tell you that “the only way to make money is to day-trade” or that “the easy way to make money is to buy and sell options that let you leverage a lot of stock with very little capital required.” Everyone’s doing it! — or so the programs seem to imply. I would argue that there is definitely something wrong here — but it’s not with the listener. What happened to REAL investing?... Read More »

How to Pick the Best Home Warranty Company

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When choosing a home warranty company you need to do one thing. READ THE FINE PRINT. Many customers find themselves frustrated with a company for not paying for an appliance repair or the replacement of a system, but if the company isn't paying for it there is most likely a written exclusion in your contract specifying the situation. So before we go any farther promise you'll read every word of your contract... Read More »

10 Ways to Save on Homeowners Insurance

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I must admit, I never even thought about homeowners insurance until my friend bought her first home! So, you can imagine her frustration when she realized there was yet another cost of home ownership on top of the monthly mortgage. The good news is that there are ways home owners can save money and I want to share these 10 tips to learn how to save on homeowners insurance. Also, this can be a great guide to reference while requesting quotes from various homeowners insurance providers... Read More »

5 Estate Planning Must-Do’s

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Although estate planning is likely the last thing you want to think about, refusing to deal with it is one of the most inconsiderate things that you can do. We don’t often think about it that way, but it is true. By denying our mortality, we can leave a hurricane-sized catastrophe behind for our loved ones to have to deal with. Is that really the legacy you wish to leave? Instead, I encourage you to leave behind a legacy of love and caring—one that shows you have put effort into making this challenging time as simple as possible for them... Read More »

Why Should I Buy Life Insurance?

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Part Two in our Life Insurance 101 Series: One of the most important reasons to buy insurance is to protect your loved ones in the event that you die before your time. How will your spouse survive with only one income or even no income? How will your children get everything they need? Who will pay for college? Who will pay the mortgage? Insurance can provide the protection and security your family needs to survive if you do not... Read More »

How Does Life Insurance Work?

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Part One in our Life Insurance 101 Series: We all know life insurance is out there – we hear about it all the time. Most of us know that you can buy it, and when you die, someone – usually a spouse or children – get money from the insurance company. But why do we need it? Do we need it at all? And if we do decide we need it how do we know what to buy?... Read More »