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Lend Money to Yourself to Fix Even the Worst Credit

By , June 21st, 2018

This might sound too good to be true but it’s legit: You can fix even the worst credit score if you lend money to yourself. There’s basically an app for that. Now you have our permission to struggle with disbelief — if you’ve ever experienced bad credit first hand. Once your score falls below 500, […]


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Even the Most Affordable Pets Might Save Your Life

By , June 20th, 2018

You really can prolong your life through pet ownership — abundant scientific findings corroborate this, especially where mental health is concerned. With American’s overall psychological health supposedly declining — suicide rates have risen 30 percent since 1999 — you could easily argue that pets can be lifesavers from an emotional health standpoint. Pet ownership seems […]


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Most Americans Don’t Have a Financial Plan But Should

By , June 20th, 2018

Do you have a financial plan? A real, written plan with goals, targets, and timelines, not just “I plan to stay out of debt this year?” If you have no such plan, well, at least you have plenty of company. According to Charles Schwab, only 25 percent of Americans have a written financial plan. The […]


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Minimum Wage Worker Needs 2.5 Full-Time Jobs to Afford 1-Bedroom Apartment

By , June 18th, 2018

The average minimum wage worker needs two-and-a-half full-time jobs in order to afford a one-bedroom apartment in most parts of the country. That comes from the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s annual report, which states that the minimum hourly wage needed to be able to afford a modest one-bedroom apartment is $17.90 which is two-and-a-half […]


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Don’t Miss Out on These Father’s Day Deals (UPDATED)

By , June 16th, 2018

Father’s Day spending is estimated to reach a startling $15.3 billion this year, with the average person spending around $133 on dad. Popular gifts for dads this year are outings, clothing, gift cards, and electronics. What if you’re celebrating on a dime? Where are the best Father’s Day deals and freebies? As of this writing, […]


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Income Share Agreements as Alternatives to Student Loans

By , June 13th, 2018

America’s total student loan balance has topped $1.5 trillion, according to recent Federal Reserve data. Default rates on student loans are at 11 percent. While the job market has improved for recent graduates, many are struggling with excessive debt (over $39,000 at graduation on average) and entry-level jobs that make repayment difficult. Enter an alternative […]


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The Best Advice Dad Ever Gave Us

By , June 13th, 2018

In the spirit of the holiday on Sunday, we asked everyone on our team to share the best thing dad taught them about personal finance. Here’s some of the best advice dad ever gave us. Best Advice Dad Ever Gave Us Love and take care of yourself above everyone else, because if you’re not at […]


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Can Robo-Advisors Save You from Market Volatility?

By , June 12th, 2018

All signs point to market volatility increasing rather than ebbing — at least until after the fall 2018 U.S. elections. Since algorithmic trading is one of the reasons why markets have increased in volatility — can you better weather this storm by accessing the same technology the only way individual investors can, through robo-advisors? In […]


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Missed the Tax Deadline? Avoid Higher IRS Penalties — File by June 14

By , June 11th, 2018

Once you miss a tax filing deadline, it’s all too easy to make the additional mistake of continuing to procrastinate. Well, here’s a good reason not to do that: a higher rate for IRS penalties kicks in for those that haven’t filed by the end of the day on Thursday, June 14. After that date, […]


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Keep Cool Without Overspending This Summer

By , May 29th, 2018

Some scorching days lie ahead for most parts of the country. That could easily lead you to set new records for spending on air conditioning. But it doesn’t have to get that way — here’s how to keep cool without overspending. Keep Cool Without Overspending Some of the more pragmatic ways to save money on […]


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