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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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Six Frugal Habits You Need Now

Control your financial future with these top 6 habits of frugal people Getting your spending under control isn’t easy. Sometimes it’s a daily struggle! If you’ve ever wondered what makes frugal people so good at being… well… frugal, you’ve come to the right place. There are a lot of smaller behaviors we can change to increase our financial control. For my husband and me, we conquered our savings goals by setting up our savings...

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9 Money-Saving Christmas Traditions

This week, I’ve teamed up with FinancesforFamilies.com to bring you the best money-saving Christmas traditions. Don’t miss a beat – keep reading! Christmas is almost here! A time for celebrating with our families and friends, for giving and receiving, and for parading around in your tackiest Christmas sweater (think flashing lights, tinsel and holiday puns all in one garment). However, if you’re like most American families, it’s also a time for overspending. Did you...

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Can You Really Make Money with Ebates?

With all of the “easy ways to make money” articles you read, it’s hard to know which ones are legit. For sites like Ebates, making money by simply shopping online can seem too good to be true.  But even for a crazy budgeter like me, who doesn’t do a lot of shopping outside of the normal groceries and household goods, I found a way to make money shopping online with Ebates. It’s one of...

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Top 5 Money-Saving Secrets for a Stress-Free Christmas

How You Can Have a Stress-Free Christmas This Year Christmas is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. But is it really? With the parties, the gifts, the Christmas cards, the family photos, and rushing from one party to the next, it can quickly spiral out of control. And when you add being on a budget to the mix? Yikes. How are you supposed to balance the extra expenses of gifts,...

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6 Easy Ways to Get Cash When You Need Money Now

Money is tight –  I get it. Whether it’s a major expense like your car needing a repair or something smaller (you know, like that time you forgot you ordered that stuff from the neighbor kid’s school fundraiser?), sometimes there isn’t enough cash to go around. And money is one of those things that when you need it – you need it now. What options do we have when the bills come calling? It’s...

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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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Save More Money with these Affordable Christmas Traditions

Broke this Christmas? You’re not alone. More than half of all Americans admit to having less than $1,000 in their savings account. Since Christmas is the season of giving, I often find myself overspending out of fear of looking greedy or being seen as a “Scrooge.” But it’s time to stop. We don’t have to blow our budget to impress anyone else or to create memories with our families. And – oh! – can...

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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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