Making The Most of Your Money on Black Friday

Making The Most of Your Money on Black Friday

One of the ways that we try to keep ourselves from feeling guilty about spending money is to “save” when we go shopping. And when it comes to holiday shopping, that means it’s all about Black […]

How to Stop Feeling Guilty about Spending Money

I am a firm believer that money is a means to an end, and not an end itself. I came to this conclusion after years of feeling guilty whenever I spent money. Even spending money on […]

Why It Pays to Buy High Yield Dividend Stocks

When it comes to long term investing, I believe that you should focus more on dividend yileds versus speculation and share price appreciation. While this might mean avoiding sexy names like Apple and Google, there is […]

What are Exchange-Traded Funds and How to Use ETFs in Your Portfolio

What are Exchange-Traded Funds and How to Use ETFs in Your Portfolio

Recently, someone asked about exchange-trade funds (ETFs). He was interested in what they are, as well as how they could be included in his investment portfolio. ETFs are a relatively recent development in the world of […]

How to Lower College Costs and Avoid Student Loan Debt

How to Lower College Costs and Avoid Student Loan Debt

The increasing cost of college tuition has many wondering if it is really possible to pay for a degree without the help of student loans. With outstanding student loan debt now surpassing credit card debt in […]

How to Find the Best Mortgage Rates and Refinancing Options

How to Find the Best Mortgage Rates and Refinancing Options

Whenever you are trying to improve your debt situation, whether you are trying to pay down credit cards or refinance your home, it can help to have a solid idea of where you stand. Being able […]

Are You Comfortable with Your Level of Debt?

A couple of years ago, a friend of mine made this interesting observation about his financial situation: “I’m comfortable with this level debt. I’m paying it down, but I’m not too worried about paying it down […]

3 Things Mortgage Lenders Look for in a Borrower

3 Things Mortgage Lenders Look for in a Borrower

With the mortgage rates at historic low and the housing market recovering from the crash, more people are thinking about accessing home equity or buying a home. Over the past few years, lenders are starting to […]

Pay Down Your Credit Card Debt Faster with a Balance Transfer

Pay Down Your Credit Card Debt Faster with a Balance Transfer

Getting out of credit card debt can be a long and fraustrating process. Every day, interest accumulates on the money owed and every month the bills do not seem to get much smaller. This is particularly […]

Make Better Financial Decisions: Take Care of Yourself

Make Better Financial Decisions: Take Care of Yourself

If you want to make better financial decisions, one of the best things you can do is to take care of yourself. It’s not just about seeing a lower health insurance bill because you are in […]

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