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10 Quick Tips to Help You Save at the Grocery Store

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Trying to pare down your expenses? One of the biggest “make-it-or-break-it” categories within your budget is “Groceries.” Unlike cable TV, you can’t cut this bill from your budget. Beyond a certain point, you can’t even significantly reduce the quantity of food that you purchase. You’ll always need to eat.

Furthermore, there’s no good alternative to buying groceries. Unless you own a lot of land (with it’s corresponding property taxes), you’re unlikely to have enough space to grow most of your own produce. And even if you could, you still need grains, oils and other staples.

Here’s the point I’m trying to . . . → Read More: 10 Quick Tips to Help You Save at the Grocery Store

The Brooks’ Story: How We Got Out of Debt, Saved, and Are Working Our Way Towards Financial Independence

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This post has been written by Sarah Brooks, a freelance writer fighting for financial independence within this world of materialism and consumption. Take a look at her awesome story below and her discoveries from her journey so far.

As a consumer living in America, we are surrounded by debt. Whether we’re adding to it, maintaining it or trying to claw our way out, debt is everywhere we turn. Debt is also a necessary evil—you have to have it in order to build your credit, but how much is too much?

When my now-husband and I met, the last thing we . . . → Read More: The Brooks’ Story: How We Got Out of Debt, Saved, and Are Working Our Way Towards Financial Independence

I Can’t Stand Lazy Squirrels

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Nutty the squirrel didn’t really feel like gathering up nuts this fall. After all, he has worked hard for 20 seasons prior to this one. He deserves a break! Just this once he would like something good to happen to him, so this year he decided to be a little more proactive about his luck.

“Hey Rocky, how about we make a deal this year?” inquired Nutty. “I have worked hard all my life and really deserve to take a break this fall. If you gather nuts for me, I promise that I’ll gather yours for you next season. Plus, . . . → Read More: I Can’t Stand Lazy Squirrels

What is the Difference Between Good Debt and Bad Debt?

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Having financial conversations with friends and family is often taboo, but these are my favorite kinds of discussions! A few years back, my neighbor was absolutely convinced that her car loan was “good debt” because it allowed her to get to work and earn a living. I strongly disagreed and left that conversation shaking my head. But who was right? And what is the difference between good debt and bad debt?

My Research Led Me to a Childish Outburst

When I started looking up various opinions on this topic, I came across an article from CNN Money. This is how . . . → Read More: What is the Difference Between Good Debt and Bad Debt?

You May Not Believe Me, But Debt is NOT a Financial Problem

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Almost every single American is earning an extremely large income each week. You may think I am joking, but I am dead serious. If your family earns more than $40,000 a year, you are officially one of the top income earners in the world. Sure, you definitely aren’t Bill Gates, but you are earning so much money that you can afford two cars, a home, electricity, indoor plumbing, and probably even air conditioning. What a luxurious life you have!

Mr. Money Mustache is an amazing blogger that recently opened my eyes to the many opportunities that Americans have . . . → Read More: You May Not Believe Me, But Debt is NOT a Financial Problem

Paying Off The Mortgage Update: July 2014

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My goal starting in January (just 7 months ago) was to pay off my entire $54,500 mortgage by the end of the year. Yeah, it was a pretty lofty at the time, but I figured that if I pushed myself hard enough, I could accomplish this goal. Well…with a website downgrade from the Big G, the money hasn’t been flowing in quite like it used to, but you know I’m not going to let that stop me! The mountain has seemingly grown a little taller (which really sucks because I was already halfway up…), but I am still . . . → Read More: Paying Off The Mortgage Update: July 2014

Our Entire Financial Future, Controlled by Two Emotions

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Did you know that your entire financial future can be summed up with just two emotions? Your purchases, investing, saving, giving, earning, and spontaneous spending, can all be explained because of a couple basic emotions known to each one of us. However, because many of us cannot control these two emotions, we end up unhappy and broke, but have a lot of stuff.

The First Emotion: Fear

When student first graduate from college, they are met with one of the biggest challenges of their entire lives: finding their first career job. Sure, there have been jobs before, but . . . → Read More: Our Entire Financial Future, Controlled by Two Emotions

Three Ways to Pay Off Your Debt

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Are you trying to pay off your debt? If so, then you might be wondering how you should proceed. What’s the best strategy for paying off your debt?

As it turns out, there are three popular methods: the “traditional” method, the “snowball” method, and the “annoying” method. Let’s look at the pro’s and con’s for these popular debt payoff techniques, so that you can decide which one is best for you.

Traditional Payoff Method

Under the traditional model, a person would first make a list of all of their debts, from highest-interest-rate to lowest-interest rate. For example, you . . . → Read More: Three Ways to Pay Off Your Debt

How Quickly Could You Retire If You Had No Debt?

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Our culture today is all about making a large income and buying a bunch of stuff on credit to “enjoy life to the fullest”, but in my experience, this often leads to discontentment, stress, and a constant want for more. One would think that the higher income earners would have a ton of money socked away in the bank, ready to retire at any time, but this isn’t how it typically works is it? If one’s salary is $50,000 a year, they finance a new Chevy Malibu. If their salary bumps up to $100,000 a year, they finance . . . → Read More: How Quickly Could You Retire If You Had No Debt?

Paying Off The Mortgage Update: April 2014

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I have vowed to pay off my mortgage by the end of this year, 2014. At the end of February, I still owed $53,800 to the bank, but then March happened (which was a good thing!) and I was able to take this balance down tremendously. I sold my extra car, received a hefty tax refund check, and got some money from my insurance company. After March, I was able to put over $10,000 toward the house debt and brought the balance down to $43,524.

Paying Off The Mortgage: A Decent April

There were no more money windfalls . . . → Read More: Paying Off The Mortgage Update: April 2014