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Can You Get Ahead Without Burning Out?

  Shannon at Financially Blond had a post earlier this week about how she had taken on too many projects and was Running On Empty. She is in the early stages of self employment and feels like she can’t say no to projects, just in case one of them might be the golden ticket.  I can relate 100%. When I was trying to run a two office practice, work a second job, and start a blog, 5 hours of sleep each night would have seemed like a luxury. While I knew it was not forever, it was still really stressful. ...

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Transparency in Business: The REAL Key to Making Wise Consumer Investments

With thousands of businesses in dozens of different sectors operating worldwide, today’s consumers have more choices than ever, not only in the goods and services they buy, but also in the companies they back through donations, share purchase and other forms of investment. As a consumer in this highly competitive environment, you should be using transparency as one of the leading factors in deciding which companies deserve your attention. What Does Transparency Mean? Transparency means that a company is open and honest with you and other members of the public. It readily provides non-confidential information, either upfront or by request, ...

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6 Overlooked Ways to Get a Grip on Student Loan Debt

Finding a way to deal with your student loan debt isn’t always easy. Many borrowers settle into regular monthly payments for years before recognizing many other repayment options can help reduce their debt, save them money, and eliminate unnecessary headaches. But there are a lot of programs that can help you address your student loan debt without negatively impacting your credit or financial standing. Many student loan repayment programs are hard to find, and most borrowers simply overlook them. You can avoid making the same mistake by knowing the options that are available, and save money while you move closer to financial freedom. The following are 6 ...

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5 Things You Need To Know Before Buying a Second Hand Car

Buying a used car is a great way to save money, but you could end up in financial strife if you don’t follow a few simple steps. Way before you step foot inside a car dealership or visit a private seller, there is plenty of research to be done to make sure you get a good car at a fair price. Here are five tried-and-tested tips for buying a second hand car:  1) Set a budget One of the most important factors in car sales is the price. It’s always best to set your budget before you begin and avoid being ...

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Cool, Cheap Christmas Gifts for Teachers and Such

The older I get, the less I like gifts. I’m to a point where if there is something I want and value, I’ll budget for it and buy it myself. I hate getting or giving things out of obligation, but there are times when you have people in your life that require a holiday gift. Teachers are saints, and I will always send some sort of gift for the people who spend 7 hours a day educating my daughter. There are also neighbors, work colleagues, and family members who might not rank high on the gift list, but  you’d feel ...

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