How to Improve Your Finances by Bucking Herd Mentality

How to Improve Your Finances by Bucking Herd Mentality

  On a day to day basis, most of us tend to believe we control our destiny. The jobs or careers we pursue. The relationships we seek, how we raise our children. And of course, managing your money, and learning how to improve your finances. When we think about improving our finances, we tend to think […]

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3 Reasons Why You Need an Emergency Fund & How Much Cash to Stash

Why You Need an Emergency Fund

  Are you wondering why you need an emergency fund? I am sure you’ve heard it many times before, it’s considered one of the most important aspects of successful money management. An emergency fund is where you stash cash so you’re prepared for those unexpected emergencies that life throws at you every now and then. […]

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How to Stop Using Credit Cards – Telling Yourself Little White Lies

How to Stop Using Credit Cards – Stop Telling Yourself Little White Lies

  I was recently reading some posts on Reddit on how to stop using credit cards. Some individuals discussed how they benefit from credit card use, others explained how they don’t trust themselves with credit cards. In classic Reddit fashion, the discussions were direct and spirited. Debating the pros and cons of credit card use is […]

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Setting Financial Goals with a Five-Year Plan, The Tiny Tweaks Principle

Setting Financial Goals with a Five-Year Plan, The Tiny Tweaks Principle

  Most often when we think about setting financial goals we think of the most fundamental aspects of our finances. Areas we manage and feel we can control on a regular basis. For example, we set financial goals around budgets, to lower monthly expenses. Saving money, to put more money in our bank account. Paying […]

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Debt Management Planning and Lower Back Pain, Debt Management is Stress Management

Debt Management Planning and Lower Back Pain, Debt Management is Stress Management

  What do debt management planning and lower back pain have in common? Let me explain. I can still remember that day. It was 7:30 am in the morning and I was brushing my teeth before I went into work. As I bent over the bathroom sink I felt a sharp pain in my lower back. […]

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Top 3 Reasons To Contribute to a 401(k) Plan, Simple Retirement Planning

Top 3 Reasons To Contribute to a 401(k) Plan, Simple Retirement Planning

  Many years ago (many, many) when I started my first “real” job out of college I had the opportunity to contribute to a 401(k) plan. I was young and at the time was more focused on my new paycheck, rent, entertainment systems and of course having a cool car – you know the really important […]

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How to Track Stocks and Mutual Funds using Yahoo Finance (Video)

  If you’re looking for a simple way to track your investments, Yahoo Finance provides an easy way to set up your own investment portfolio. In this short video, I will show you how to track stocks and mutual funds using Yahoo Finance.         Why Create an Investment Portfolio? In general, there […]

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Real Estate House Flipping, 7 Things to Consider Before You Start – From a DIYer

  Let me guess, you’ve been watching real estate house flipping shows on cable TV? I bet they’re like the ones I used to watch before I flipped houses. They make it look so easy to do, and they always make a profit. Do they? Now you’re curious if the reality of flipping a house […]

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What is a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT)? – REIT Investing

  There are a number of ways to invest and make money in real estate. For example, you could: Buy a home and rent it out as a vacation property. Purchase a house or apartment complex and rent it out for residential living. Acquire a foreclosure or fixer-upper, renovate it and flip it for a […]

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How Surviving Wisconsin Winters is Like Managing Your Money

How Surviving Wisconsin Winters is Like Managing Your Money

    Wisconsin is a special place for Mother Nature. She provides us with four wonderful seasons throughout the year. Wisconsinites are fortunate to be able to experience the fresh new start of spring, the long warm days of summer, and beautiful colors of fall. Even winter has its own standard for beauty like freshly […]

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Financial Independence is About Controlling Your Own Destiny

Financial Independence is About Controlling Your Own Destiny

  I recently watched the HBO documentary Panic: The Untold Story of the 2008 Financial Crisis. The documentary discusses the events surrounding the cause of the 2008 crisis. And the sequence of events that the government took to prevent an economic collapse. It’s a great documentary that provides new information and sheds light on the […]

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Lower Your Taxes and Start Investing by Opening a Traditional IRA Account For Retirement

  Throughout the year, but most often during tax season, the subject of contributing to an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) comes up. IRAs are in the news, advertised on T.V., in print and of course on the Internet. Banks, credit unions and brokerage firms promoting the tax benefits of opening a Traditional IRA account with […]

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