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Own Your Retirement: Traditional IRA Basics

Own Your Retirement: Traditional IRA Basics Saving for your retirement is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. I talk about building savings all the time, but if you find yourself wondering exactly what to do with the money you’ve been setting aside, you’re not alone.

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How to Make SMART Financial Goals

Most people start their personal finance journeys because they don’t like the way they’re living and want to do better. But “doing better” is pretty vague. Whether you want pay down your debt or build your nest egg, you’ll need to make some specific, smart financial goals if you want

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Emergency Fund 101: Your Complete Guide

Emergency Fund 101: Your Complete Guide You know how when you get on an airplane, the emergency instructions tell you to secure your own oxygen mask first, before trying to help the people around you? Having an emergency fund is like that. You absolutely must take care of this basic

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Budget

Money Mindfulness: Tips to Stay on Track

Money Mindfulness: Tips to Stay on Track If you’ve spent any time at all on social media lately, you’ve probably noticed that #mindfulness is everywhere. Everyone from your earthy-crunchy college roommate to lifestyle gurus like Gwyneth Paltrow have something to say about how practicing mindfulness has changed their life. Money

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Budget

Save Money This Summer With Free Fun

If you’re working hard to save your pennies — and if you’re reading this blog, I bet you are! — summer can be a dangerous time. Social media is full of everyone’s vacation photos, and if you have some free time, it’s very tempting to fill it with expensive daytime recreation

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Debt Payoff

Your Guide to Getting a Lower Credit Card Interest Rate

Your Complete Guide to Getting a Lower Credit Card Interest Rate Today If you’re struggling under the weight of credit card debt, you’re not alone. The average American household carries over $6,000 in credit card debt, and that means paying thousands of dollars in interest over several decades if you

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Debt Payoff

No Refund? Tips for Paying Your Taxes Painlessly

No Refund? Tips for Paying Your Taxes Painlessly In my last post, I talked about ways to use your tax refund to jump-start your savings. But what if you aren’t getting a refund this year? What if — gulp! — you will be paying your taxes this year? If you

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Earn

Side Hustle Finances 101

Welcome to the final post in our series about earning extra income with a smart side hustle! (If you missed the first two posts, you can learn how to choose the perfect side hustle for you and get tips for launching your side gig to get up to speed.) Knowing how to

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How to Launch Your Side Hustle

Welcome to the second post in this series about starting a side hustle to boost your income. If you missed the first post, I recommend you start there to decide which side gig is right for you. Then come right back here to learn about the next step, which is: How

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