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Crush Your New Years’ Resolutions with these Top Personal Finance Blogs

We’re half-way through the month of January. How’s your New Years’ Resolution coming? Even though I started with the best of intentions, I caught a bad case of bronchitis (with an incessant cough that’s driving my poor husband crazy) and I haven’t made any progress. But it’s not too late! Now that I’m on the mend, I need some motivation to kick my 2018 money goals into high gear. What do you do when...

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2017 Year in Review (Plus Our Goals for 2018, too!)

The end of the year signals a sort of finality of opportunities lost. But, as we look forward toward the new year, it presents itself as a chance to try again. And we think to ourselves: maybe I’ll do it better this time! For me, looking back over 2017 and the struggles my husband and I faced, we are both welcoming 2018 with open arms. One of the great things about new beginnings is...

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Top 3 Quick-Start Tips to Dump Your Credit Card Debt

Dreaming of dumping your credit card debt once and for all? You should because getting rid of your debt is the first step in true financial security. For many Americans – and for you, too! – this dream can become a reality with a little hard work and perseverance. While many financial experts offer “get out of debt quick” schemes that promise fast results, the truth is that getting out of debt requires changing...

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How to Make a Budget You Can Actually Stick To

You need a budget. It’s just that simple! And I know you know you need one – otherwise, you wouldn’t be here reading this article. But let’s face it… Budgets suck. Even though they suck, every person, every relationship, every household – even kids! – should have a budget. And, really, I could end this article right now with a simple “just do it because it works” message. But it isn’t that easy, is...

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How To Get Ahead When You’re So Far Behind

Are you counting down the days until your next payday? Do you want so desperately to get ahead of your bills, to add some cushion to your savings account, to feel some peace when it comes to your finances? When money is tight, it’s hard for me to think about anything else. I feel stressed out and all I see are the shiny new things advertised online and tv, the fancy vacations I don’t get...

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Blow Your Budget? How to Get Back On Track

I blew our family’s budget this month and it’s bad. We way overspent and now I’m struggling to get back on track. Have you done that? (Goodness, I hope I’m not the only one!) Part of me really doesn’t want to go back to being on a budget. It’s no fun! But now that reality is sinking in, I’m genuinely concerned with how the bills at the beginning of the month are going to...

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Control Your Spending with the 50/30/20 Rule

When trying to control your spending seems like a never-ending battle, I’m here to tell you there is hope. You can simplify your spending and get your finances under control with this simple budget hack. The 50/30/20 rule for budgeting is easy to start and even easier to stick to in the long-term. After all, what’s the point in creating a complex budgeting system you can’t stick to? The best budgets start with simplicity...

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Stressed About Money? Here’s How to Find Freedom

With budgeting being at the top of my “list of things that are important,” I understand they aren’t a priority for everyone. For most people, myself included, having a budget isn’t much fun. But we don’t budget our money because it’s fun – we do it for the financial freedom it brings. What happens when you try to live without a budget? Before we started our budget, our finances were a mess. Without a...

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The Real Reason You’re Still in Debt (and How to Fix It!)

Are you deep in debt and not sure why you’re still struggling? I’m here to share with you the number one strategy to end the cycle – it worked for me and I know it will for you, too. It involves unexpected expenses. Most of us are smart enough to know that if we keep charging groceries or restaurant bills, we’ll keep ourselves in debt. But what about those unexpected expenses? Do you reach...

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Do You Know Where Your Debt Is?

Most of us at this point in our lives have debt. But do you know where it is? Or how much you owe? If you’re thinking about getting your finances under control, you might not know where to begin. When first starting on your journey to financial freedom, you need to figure out where you’re at. And that means gathering up your bills, logging into your online accounts, and making a list of all your...

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