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4 Expensive Habits I’ve Given Up to Save Money

Shortly after I finished college and entered the “real world,” I started a good job in my hometown which required a more professional wardrobe. I also bought my first house and furniture only months after graduation due to a rental housing shortage in the town where I live. I was only 21, and all of a sudden I had debt – a lot of debt. It didn’t take too many sleepless nights for me to realize I needed a budget. This is when I found personal finance blogs. During the process of creating my first budget just a couple of ...

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How to Wrap up Your Tax Season

This post was sponsored by #BlockAdvisors. All opinions are our own. As the close of the 2015 tax season rapidly approaches, it is not the time to sit back and do nothing until next year. There are plenty of tasks you can start on to make next year’s tax season flow even smoother. Here are some ideas of how to wrap up your tax season and get a jump on next year. 1 Work with Your Tax Preparer Maintain a good relationship all year long with the person who prepares your taxes, like the tax professionals at BlockAdvisors. Your tax ...

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What to do if You Overspend Your Budget

When April started off, I had a good feeling about it. You see, March was expensive for me. I had a lot of extra business expenses, like investing in a new Macbook Pro, and expanding my team so I don’t have to work as much. But I also increased my income significantly. After that expensive month, my plan was to buckle down in April and pay off one of my credit cards in full by the end of the month, but now I’m not so sure that it’ll happen because I’ve definitely overspent my budget this month. Going over budget ...

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Prioritizing Debt: What to Pay Off First

Paying down debt can be intimidating. Even after you’ve decided to focus on reducing debt, knowing where to start can be tricky. For consumers, understanding which debts to pay first can mean thousands of dollars in savings. Not all debts are created equal — some can hurt your credit score, and others may have higher interest rates. Here are some factors to consider when deciding which debts to pay down first. Know your interest rates Interest rates vary widely. According to NerdWallet, a personal finance website, the average interest rate for credit card purchases is 18%, while Experian has found ...

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Renting vs Buying: The Financial Benefits of Each

For years I was firmly planted on the side of thinking that buying was always better than renting. However after nearly four years as a homeowner, I’ve begun to question this line of thinking, especially now that I have the freedom to live anywhere I choose because I’m self employed and my business is entirely based online. However, there are financial benefits to both renting and buying that must be taken into consideration before you, or I, decide if renting or buying is best. Here are some financial benefits of both renting and buying a home. Length of Time The ...

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