What’s Not Important When Paying Off Debt! Don’t Put the Cart Before the Horse

  Finding good practical advice on how to pay off your debt is easy.  A simple Google search will get you a whole bunch of great articles. Including the ones, you can find here on FTP. However, what you won’t find often enough is articles on what’s NOT important when you’re paying off debt. The things […]

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Understanding Robo-Advisors and Automated Investing Video

Understanding Robo-Advisors and Automated Investing

  Robo-advisors and automated investing platforms are becoming one of the most popular ways to start investing. It’s estimated that there are currently over 100 robo-advisor and automated investing platforms operating in the United States. If you’re new to investing and finding all the terminology a bit confusing you’re not alone. You may find yourself […]

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How to Make a Car Last Forever, How to Save $30,000 in a Lifetime

How to Make a Car Last Forever

  My dad was an engineer for over 40 years. And like most engineers, his perspective when it came to building, fixing, or maintaining anything was to do it himself. Growing up, I watched him maintain the family vehicles, everything from minor maintenance to major repair work. He understood how to make a car last […]

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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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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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The Most Important Credit Card Alert You Need to Know – Now!

  Are you concerned about credit card fraud? Worried about someone making unauthorized charges to your debit or credit card. If you are, here is one simple method you can use to minimize your exposure to fraud and avoid fraudulent charges. This may be the most important credit card alert you ever use. It’s called […]

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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 fallen […]

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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 event. […]

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