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Student Loan Consolidation Guide

Student loan consolidation may not be the silver-bullet solution that it used to be, but it can still offer some benefits depending on your situation. First and foremost, if you’re juggling multiple student loan payments, student loan consolidation can simplify your finances. When you consolidate your student loans, you roll them all into one bigger loan. That means you have …

The Best Free Cloud Storage Providers

The best free cloud storage providers give you a place to park your data without opening your wallet. In fact, opening a free cloud storage account can be a great way to get used to the idea of storing files online. If you’re unfamiliar with cloud storage, the concept is simple: Instead of eating up …

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Looking for Travel Insurance? Check Your Wallet First

Just last winter, my husband and I took a much-anticipated vacation to Jamaica with some friends. Not only was it a nice way to break up the cold Midwestern winter, but it was also nice just to get away. That’s probably why we paid so little attention to what was going on back home; we …

Nine Cognitive Biases You Need to Understand to Master Your Money

In our daily lives, we constantly rely on our instincts to navigate through all kinds of situations, from how to relate to other people to what kind of shampoo we buy. Without those instincts, daily life would be a complete decision overload, making it impossible to even get outside your front door. We have to …

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Questions About Boots, Roth IRAs, Expense Ratios, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Car buying dilemma 2. Buying a home with inheritance 3. Expense ratio basics 4. Daily checklist example 5. Buy it for life: boots 6. Roth IRA …

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19 Things a New Homeowner Should Do Immediately to Save Money

So you’ve just moved into your nice new home. You’ve unloaded the boxes and started to unpack your life. Right now is the perfect time to walk through a checklist of ways to save money on your home for years to come. Starting on these things as early as possible will allow you to start …

When Living for the Moment Gets in the Way of Living

A few weeks ago, I was absolutely struck by this article from The Atlantic, which talks about Sarah Manguso’s recent book “Ongoingness: The End of a Diary.” Manguso’s book focuses on her personal history of keeping a diary/journal, something I’m very familiar with personally. Her perspective on keeping a diary full of events was, at …

How to Build Credit

When people ask how to build credit, the “chicken or the egg” conundrum often comes up. Having a solid credit history and credit score are important parts of your financial future. Here’s the problem: To get a loan for a house or car, you need to show a history of responsible use and payment of …

Beating Your Pace

I love spending time outdoors in the spring. In fact, it’s a constant push and pull this time of year as I balance the need to write and the desire to get out there and walk and jog. One of my favorite things to do is go on a three mile walk/jog out of my …

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A Basic Guide to an Inexpensive and Incredibly Fun Family Camping Vacation

This summer, my family and I are going to be camping in northern Wisconsin for several days. We plan on camping at two different locations during the trip so that we get a chance to see and enjoy two completely different areas. Small camping trips are a staple of our summer – we usually camp …

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