10 Reasons The Extended Warranty is for Suckers

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Ahhh the extended warranty…my old friend…and now, my arch enemy. It used to make total sense. I purchased a $900 TV…it might break, so I figured I’d better pay $150 to cover it so I’m not out the full $900 if it decides not to turn on one day. As it turns out, this extended warranty was (and still is) a joke. And, not once have I been glad that I purchased it! The extended warranty is for suckers, and I’ve got 10 solid reasons that back my story.

10 Reasons the Extended Warranty is for Suckers

“Wowwwwwwww,” expressed my 2.5 year old daughter when she walked into Best Buy for the first time in her life (what can I say, we don’t shop much!). Unfortunately, the entire experience wasn’t quite as dazzling as those first 5 seconds.

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9 Reasons to Consider a Minimalist Lifestyle

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The word “minimalism” tends to feel like a played out one these days. It can come across as a trendy, jump-on-the-bandwagon, holier-than-thou type of lifestyle that chastises anyone who questions its sanctity. Or, maybe it’s possible you’ve never heard of it? While the word has been plastered all over the internet recently, with many interpretations as to what exactly it means, the concept is simple, and one that invites us to examine our core life values. At the end of the day, should you consider a minimalist lifestyle?

9 Reasons to Consider a Minimalist Lifestyle

This post has been written by our guest writer, Kerah Kemmerer.

In the simplest of terms, minimalism is “the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it” as defined by Becoming Minimalist. And it doesn’t look too shabby on the budget, either.

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When Does Debt Consolidation Make Sense to Pay Off Credit Cards?

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Many Americans are no stranger to big credit card bills. When you are neck-deep in credit card debt, it can seem like there is no end. Sometimes it may feel like any option can be justified temporarily as your saving grace, but when it comes to credit card debt consolidation, it pays to take a close look at your circumstances before committing to anything. More importantly, you’ll want to answer the question, “When does debt consolidation make sense to pay off credit cards?”

Before we get too ahead of ourselves, it’s important to fully understand what you would be getting yourself into if you signed up with a company who can help you roll your debts into one.

What exactly would the plan look like? How long would it take? How much will the monthly payments be?

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What Should You Do If You Can’t Afford Your Student Loan Payments?

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“Go to college” they said. “Get a degree in something” they said. “Then you’ll find a great job and prosper. Unfortunately, they said nothing about how much is too much when it comes to student loan borrowing. Oh, and they failed to mention the highly competitive job market….So now you’re stuck with a mediocre job and can’t afford your student loan payments…

You’re in a mess, but you don’t want to do something stupid that puts you in an even bigger hole. So what are your options? What should you do if you can’t afford your student loan payments?

What Should You Do If You Can’t Afford Your Student Loan Payments?

First of all, you’re not alone in this. Out of 5 million student loan borrowers that entered the workforce in 2014, nearly 600,000 of them have already defaulted on their loans – that’s over 11%!

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7 Alternatives to Traditional Housing for the Motivated Saver

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Tired of hopping from one rental home to the next, but not quite at the point where you can own, or maybe even want to own a home? It may be time to consider venturing off the beaten driveway and start exploring some other backyard options. It’s time to start exploring alternatives to traditional housing! And, believe it or not, there are quite a few options!!

7 Alternatives to Traditional Housing for the Motivated Saver

This is a guest post written by Kerah Kemmerer

Housing costs are one of the greatest expenses in our society and it often feels like you’ll never be able to jump out of the monthly rent cycle and pursue your dream of home ownership – or, investing, if that’s where your passion lies. But it’s not all hopeless. Whether you are single, a couple, or just starting your family, here are seven alternatives to traditional . . . → Read More: 7 Alternatives to Traditional Housing for the Motivated Saver

5 Tips to Save Money When Buying A Home

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Buying a home isn’t a decision to blink at. Matter of fact, the average cost of a home in the United States is $188,900! When you’re considering big cities, full of excitement and entertainment like New York City, Los Angeles, or Miami, the prices skyrocket. Want to save money when buying a home? It’s definitely not easy!

However, rest assured, finding your dream home while not breaking the bank is very much possible. For example, let’s say you want to buy a house in Miami—with certain flat fee MLS services like beycome, you’ll get 3% of the listing price back. So, going back to the above example, for a house that’s $188,900, 3% of that would be $5,667—which could be used for mortgage payments, brand new furniture, or other expenses. That sounds pretty good to me!

5 Tips to Save Money When Buying a Home

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When is the Right Time for Car Loan Refinancing?

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Car loan refinancing can help save money. For many people living in the United States, having a car is more of a necessity than an option. Whether it’s for work or dropping kids off at soccer practice, there are tons of reasons why people need a vehicle. The big question is, “When is the right time for car loan refinancing?”

Most car buyers aren’t going to be able to afford such a large purchase without some form of financing. About 107 million Americans currently have debt on a vehicle. That translates to well over 40 percent of the total adult population of the U.S. No matter who you are, or how much you owe, you’ll be better off if you can pay less on your loan. This is sometimes possible through refinancing your car loan.

When is the Right Time for Car Loan Refinancing?

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How To Avoid Lifestyle Creep And Invest In Your Future

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You’ve done it. You’ve secured a better paying job, you’re earning bonuses, or maybe you just got an increase in your income. And yet, when you look at your bank account, you still don’t see the rewards of your hard work and efforts to earn more money. That means that you, my friend, are experiencing the dreaded lifestyle creep. It’s time to learn how to avoid lifestyle creep…and by doing so, become wealthy.

How to Avoid Lifestyle Creep and Invest in Your Future

This post has been written by our staff writer, Kimberly Studdard.

What is lifestyle creep? The simple definition is when an individual changes their standard of living due to their income rising. So, something that was once a former luxury now becomes a necessity. Examples may be getting a bigger apartment or house because you can “afford” higher payments, joining an expensive gym, or even something as . . . → Read More: How To Avoid Lifestyle Creep And Invest In Your Future

9 Ways To Travel Frugally This Holiday Season

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Ah, the holidays. Food, family, gifts, and more are celebrated during the last three months of the year. And while it’s certainly easy to travel on a budget at any time of the year, it does seem significantly harder to do during the holidays. With travel being the biggest holiday expense for over 43% of Americans, it’s no wonder many people fear that it will cost them an arm and a leg to get home to their loved ones. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Here are 9 ways to travel frugally this holiday season.

9 Ways to Travel Frugally This Holiday Season

This post was written by our staff writer, Kimberly Studdard.

1) Book At The Right Time

While earlier is always better when it comes to air travel, you still have time to get a good deal. When looking for tickets (even for trains and buses), . . . → Read More: 9 Ways To Travel Frugally This Holiday Season

How to Sell Your House Without Putting it on the Market

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Clean, call the realtor, get an estimate on the list price, get pictures taken, take down all your personal photos, make the house look like only a housemaid lives there, list it through your agent, host an open house, and then be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice when someone wants to come look at it…right….now. This is the joy of listing and selling your home through a real estate agent out on the open market. Want to sell your house without putting it on the market? I don’t blame you one bit.

How to Sell Your House Without Putting it on the Market

As you may have already guessed, Liz and I are under contract to sell our house! And yes, we did it without ever putting it on the market. We cleaned the house once, walked the interested couple through, and negotiated to a fair price a . . . → Read More: How to Sell Your House Without Putting it on the Market