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Why Planning Is Key to Wealth Building

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I’m not sure when I first realized the value of a proper plan. It may have been when I was 16 – working as a cook in a restaurant. I knew a table of seven all had to have their food ready at the same time. This way the food would all be hot, the serving window for waiters wouldn’t be cluttered with my half-ready entrees and the chef wouldn’t keep asking . . . → Read More: Why Planning Is Key to Wealth Building

Long Term Saving – Why It’s So Important to Save

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Kimberly Studdard knows it’s important to save for the long term. See her story below.

On March 14th, 2012, my papa had a heart attack while driving his 18 wheeler. He drifted across a highway, flipped his truck, and crashed. He died in the hospital two days later. When my grandmother went to bury him, she was told that his life insurance didn’t cover the way he died, so she would have to pay out of pocket for everything.

My papa was the sole provider in his household. He thought he had everything controlled, and thought he had at . . . → Read More: Long Term Saving – Why It’s So Important to Save

Using Technology as a Recent Grad to Save Money

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How would you like to be able to save a bunch of money as a student graduate? Let’s face it, life after your graduate from college becomes, well, real.

Previously, you were able to go to classes, work minimally, and you lived on campus. You did not have to worry about many of the things that you soon will have to. Now that you have graduated, you need to worry about renting a home or apartment, looking for a job in your new career, and even grocery shopping. The easy days are over and to top it all off – . . . → Read More: Using Technology as a Recent Grad to Save Money

6 Ways to Find a Severely Discounted Vehicle

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Liz and I officially bought our first mini-van last weekend. It’s an odd feeling. We’re excited and not excited all at the same time… It’s been fantastic to own a vehicle that we can all fit in and that meets our needs. But…it’s still a “we’re officially old and lame” mini-van….

With a growing family (our daughter, two dogs, and likely more children in the near future), it just made sense to start looking for a larger vehicle. Then, between SUV’s and mini-vans, we found that mini-vans were consistently about half the cost of SUV’s. So, we set out to . . . → Read More: 6 Ways to Find a Severely Discounted Vehicle

Brexit Aftermath


The UK has been a member of the EU and its’ precursors since the year 1973, and after the Brexit, the British government faces an enormous task of unraveling many decades of deals, legislation, and treaties between the EU and the UK; the biggest market on the planet. As the dust settles following the Brexit, a lot of worry over the future of both EU and the UK continues to sweep all across the continent. The European populist movements have seen Brexit vote as a win, and are now calling for other national referendums, as people wonder which country will . . . → Read More: Brexit Aftermath

5 Articles That Make You Go, “Hmmmm”…

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Sometimes my favorite days are the ones that start with no agenda. I get up, grab a cup of coffee, head out to the porch, and just get lost in a collage of personal finance articles. No matter how much I think I know, there’s still so much more to learn – it’ll always be a given.

The articles below each made me go, “Hmmm.” and I think you’ll enjoy learning from them as well! Grab your coffee and browse some articles. Let me know which one is your favorite!

10 Purchases You’ll Probably Regret

– by The Simple Dollar . . . → Read More: 5 Articles That Make You Go, “Hmmmm”…

Settlement Loans for a Car Accident

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No one even remotely wishes to be involved in a car accident. There are far too many things that can go wrong and the injuries could range from minor bruises to fatalities. We use the roads everyday alongside people who may or may not be good at driving, and you may find yourself affected by a car accident even though you did everything right.

Some injuries may render you temporarily unable to work, and it leads to a loss of pay while expenditures rise due to medical bills, repair bills and basic necessities. You would sue, but you do not . . . → Read More: Settlement Loans for a Car Accident

How to Deal With the Emotional Stress of Student Loans

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Summer is upon us, which means there’s a new group of college graduates who are about to get whacked over the head with the emotional stress of student loans. Recent reports have already noted how the class of 2016 is staring at an average of $37,000 of student loan debt.

*This post has been written by Amanda Abella – a fabulous writer, speaker, and financial coach!*

How to Deal With the Emotional Stress of Student Loans

Recent grads aren’t the only ones who deal with the stress of student loans. You could be long out of college and still wondering . . . → Read More: How to Deal With the Emotional Stress of Student Loans

3 Tips for Healthy Eating on a Budget

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Saving money at the grocery store is a worthy goal for everyone. You may already be aware of foods that are cheap, such as ramen noodles and canned tuna. But did you know it is not only possible, but fun and simple, to eat tasty, healthy food on a budget? Whether you live on a low income, or are just trying to cut back on your grocery bill, there are many ways to eat well for less money than you ever imagined.

Healthy eating on a budget requires a certain amount of discipline, and may require you to open your . . . → Read More: 3 Tips for Healthy Eating on a Budget

How to Survive a Loss of Income

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In 2012, my husband and I both worked full-time with no children. By 2014, we were a family of four living on a single income of less than $2,000 a month. It wasn’t an easy time for us, but I’m going to share with you the lessons we learned and applied to help us make it on our own two feet. By the end of this article, you will have a clearer understanding of not just how to survive a loss of income, but how to thrive afterward.

7 Ways to Survive a Loss Of Income

In the following steps, . . . → Read More: How to Survive a Loss of Income