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6 Ways to Avoid Money Scams

Avoid Money Scams

Scams are everywhere these days, and as technology improves and changes, so do the tactics of criminals who are out to take your money. The good news is that there are ways you can avoid money scams. Here are 6 ways you can prevent yourself from becoming the next victim of a money scam. Pay Attention When Shopping Online The holidays are coming up, which means an increase in internet traffic for those who make purchases using the internet to whittle down their gift lists. As you shop, if you need to enter information on a computer, use caution and check to see of the URL of the page you are on starts with “https.” This means the site is secure using an SSL Certificate.  Companies must go through a validation process to get this certificate, and the “s” in “https” stands for “secure.” If no “s” is present, the site could be a scam. Email Scams If you don’t recognize an email address or sender, don’t click on any links or open messages. Watch out for subject lines that include promises like “free vacation” or “you’ve won!”. These suspicious emails are often a criminal’s way of phishing for your ...

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How to Save Money Without Missing It

How to Save Money without Missing It

Usually when you read a post about saving money it involves making drastic, and sometimes difficult, changes to your spending habits in order to achieve your budgeting goals. But wouldn’t it be nice if you could make a few changes, save some money without missing it, and not have to suffer from a complete upheaval of your life? I like my lifestyle and I’m personally not willing to go to huge extremes to save money and pay off debt. Of course, I still want to get more financially secure, but I’m not going to do things like sell my car and bike everywhere, or cut my own hair just to save a few more dollars. (My hair would be a disaster if I tried to DIY it.) Instead, I look for ways to make small changes and save money without missing it. Here are a few ways you might be able to do that same. Switch Off & Unplug Electronics If you aren’t using it, turn it off. This applies not only to the lights and televisions in your home, but to the appliances as well. Some can still use electricity while shut off, so whenever it’s reasonable to do ...

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Keep Your Eyes on Your Dollars

This is a guest post from Pauline of InvestmentZen.com I always thought the name of this site was a clever word play between Kim’s optometric career and her interest in personal finance. But the message goes further than that. You need to keep your eyes on your dollars or they will disappear before you know it! I am a bad example when it comes to tracking every penny, but once in a while, I will have that “spring cleaning” moment, where I scrutinize every line of my online banking statement to look for occurrences where my money disappeared without me noticing. Last week was one such week. I had been home, in Guatemala, for less than 10 days. Yet I noticed I had taken over $1,000 in cash out of my account. While I don’t know how much I spend exactly while I am there, $3,000 a month is far from it. Where did the money go? Well, there were a few expenses to fix my guest house after we had a hurricane damage things. There was a vet bill because a neighbor shot my dog. Yes, it was an eventful week. But after that, the rest was pretty much ...

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Change Your Finances By Thinking Like a Millionaire

Can changing the way you think really impact your finances and help you get closer to your goal of becoming a millionaire? Many people, including some financial experts, would say the answer is yes. This doesn’t mean you can simply sit around and visually will yourself into becoming a millionaire while putting in virtually no work or effort. What this instead means is that if you can change your mindset to be more like a typical millionaire, you’re more likely to not only create your financial goals but be more prepared to achieve them. Below are some simple ways to shift your thinking, and in the process, achieve a better financial life for yourself. Write Everything Down Think about all of the ideas you have during the course of a day or a week to make money. They probably pass through your mind all the time, but then just as quickly you may forget them. What’s important to realize is that if even just one of those ideas were a really good one, it could change your course completely. If you were to have a chance to meet with some of the world’s wealthiest people, you would likely see this ...

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“Money Saving Hacks” Could End up Costing You

“Money Saving Hacks” Could End up Costing You

I feel like every time I turn around I see some new hack that is supposed to save me time or money. While wanting to save time and money is never a bad thing, there are some hacks that are just not worth it. Sometimes these money saving hacks will be a waste of time, or even worse, they may end up costing you more money instead of saving you money. Before you fall for some of the money saving hacks you see on TV or on Pinterest, make sure they are really worth your time and effort. Here are a couple I’ve found are just not all they’re hacked up to be. Couponing Yes, using coupons can save you money and I am not sure if you’d really count it as a hack. But if your time is worth anything, it might actually be costing you more money than you are saving. I have a couple of friends who have started using coupons and while I’m happy that they are proud of their savings, I have to wonder if they are really saving money. They post pictures of their receipts and even with savings from coupons, they are spending ...

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