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  • Is Getting a Tax Refund a Smart Way to Save?

    Congratulations! You filed your taxes and scored a tidy little refund.  Who doesn’t love a nice surprise? Millions of Americans actually look forward to filing their taxes every April because they like surprises, too.  They expect to get a windfall of cash in the form of a refund from Uncle Sam.  About 78 million tax […]

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  • The Student Loan Debt Crisis – and How to Face It Head-On

    “So how much do you have?” It sounds like an innocent enough question. But for some Americans, the answer to that question is riddled with a sense of hopelessness, and to an extent, defeat. The answer to that question is quite often a five-figure number, sometimes six figures. Regardless of the number of digits on […]

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  • How Much Do You Really Need to Save for an Emergency?

    In life, we expect that things will not always go smoothly. Unfortunately, it’s a reality that emergencies do happen, and the best thing we can do is be prepared for them. However, many Americans are not as prepared as they think when it comes to coping financially with an emergency. So how much money do […]

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  • Are We Going to Keep Pretending the Student Loan Crisis Isn’t Real?

    There have been countless news articles and opinion editorials discussing an emerging crisis; the student loan problem. Most of the articles trend for a few days, we make a little noise on twitter, and then it all dies down. Meanwhile, the problem keeps deepening, and according to Forbes, student debt currently stands at $1.6 trillion. […]

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  • This is the Amount of Money You Need to Be Happy

    When it comes to placing a dollar amount on “happiness” we often reach for the old adage… money can’t buy it.  It’s a lovely saying that emphasizes the value of the un-purchasable things in life, but it’s not quite accurate. It turns out that, while you can’t buy happiness in a can (yet,) you can […]

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  • Should You Use the Debt Snowball To Pay Off Debt?

    Paying off debt can be overwhelming, especially when there’s a lot of it and you’re not sure where to start or what’s going to be more effective with as much (or as little) as you can pay right now. The debt snowball method has become increasingly popular with those who have large amounts of debts and large […]

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  • Alternatives to Gambling on Wall Street

    Hedge fund managers, financial journalists and other self-described experts have tried to get an edge on the stock market for more than a hundred years, but research shows that even the most well respected active investment funds struggle to outperform the overall market. For individual investors, trying to beat the market can prove disastrous as […]

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  • Debt is Like a Rabbit Colony

    Debt is hard to avoid. It’s absolutely everywhere from the second you turn 18. Maybe it starts with student loans then morphs to a credit card “just for emergencies.” Your definition for emergencies loosens and starts to include gas, food, rent, textbooks, concert tickets, etc. College is about having fun and you can totally pay […]

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  • Class of 2019: Take These Steps to Avoid Post-College Money Mistakes!

    It’s no secret that college is expensive. In 2018, NerdWallet reported the total outstanding student debt from federal loans alone is $1.5 trillion dollars! Significant debt negatively impacts your credit score, as well as that of any co-signers you may have. In addition, being in debt can prevent you from leasing your own car, renting […]

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  • Start Prepping Your 2020 Taxes Now to Avoid Headaches Down the Line

    Don’t Stop Thinking About Those Taxes Just Yet If you’re like the majority of Americans you’re happy to finally put tax preparation behind you. The truth, however, is that it might not be time to forget about your taxes just yet. Experts say it’s never too early to start preparing your taxes. Getting an early […]

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