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U.S. financial and economic topics from several finance writers.

The Pitfalls of Borrowing From Family or Friends

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Are you considering a loan from a family member or friend? Are you familiar with the many ways this could benefit your finances? The advantages of this type of loan are well documented. In addition to a lack of paperwork, you may find somebody who is willing to loan you the money interest free. Does it get any better than that? While you may be attracted by the many benefits of borrowing from family or friends,...
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I did it once, and I will never do it again. It's a long story, but the gist of it is I lost my money and lost my friend as well. ... Read More
Thursday, 26 October 2017 09:31
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Don’t Bite Off More Mortgage Than You Can Chew

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Have you ever heard the old saying “don’t bite off more than you can chew?” In short, this means don’t take on more than you can comfortably handle. Unfortunately, many people make this mistake when buying a home. While your intentions are good, it’s easy to become so overwhelmed with the process that you end up overspending. If you’re concerned about going down this path, here are three steps you can take: Know your absolute maximum...
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It's all about % of total income. General rule is no more than 30% of your income, but I would advise no more than 20%
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 17:20
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3 Things to Look for in Your First Credit Card

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Are you in the process of searching for your very first credit card? Are you excited about the prospects of finding an offer that will improve your financial situation? As you search for your first credit card, you’ll soon come to find that there are many offers to choose from. Some have more to provide than others, and in the end you will only want to select one. Although every consumer is different, there are three...
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Top Features of a Small Business Credit Card

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With so many small business credit card offers to compare, it can take several hours (or longer) to gain a better understanding of what’s best for you, your finances, and your company. There are some small business credit card features you don’t want to overlook, as they’re important to your overall experience. Here are several to focus on as you compare your options and make a final decision: Online account management: Every credit card issuer offers...
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You can also look into how long you are able to pay off the credit card. Some companies offer 2-3 months payback.
Sunday, 28 April 2019 19:31
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Do You Need an Emergency Fund?

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When everything is going as planned with your finances and life in general, you don’t see much reason to have an emergency fund. It’s easy to believe that everything will remain the same into the future. However, don’t be fooled. Things can and will go wrong, ranging from the current coronavirus pandemic to a necessary home repair. With an emergency fund in place, you have money to fall back on should you need it to get...
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6 Signs You Don't Need a Rewards Credit Card

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Rewards credit cards hard to resist. Credit card issuers are constantly improving their rewards programs, offering bigger signup bonuses and more opportunities to earn. Even if you're not on the market for a new credit card, you may change your mind after seeing what many of the latest credit cards have to offer. As tempting as it might be to sign up for a new rewards card, they're not for everyone. You don't pay your balance...
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Thanks for the tips Latoya. I do think credit cards are useful only if you use them for the right reasons!
Friday, 20 September 2019 11:42
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7 Credit Card Resources Worth Reading

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Are you happy with your current credit card? Are you on the search for something new? Do you have big plans for eliminating your credit card debt in the near future? Regardless of your situation, it’s nice to know there’s always somewhere to turn for advice and guidance. The internet has made it easier than ever to collect information that can be used to your advantage. While there’s no shortage of credit card resources to review,...
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How to Pay Medical Bills you Cannot Afford

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If you are young and healthy, you probably are not that concerned about medical coverage. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t have an unexpected medical emergency and get you stuck with a huge medical bill. Some medical expenses can be so high they reach over 5 figures. Below are a few helpful tips and ideas. Please feel free to write any questions in the comments section below. Understand what happens when bills go unpaid: After a...
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Good information and your stressing the point about not ignoring the medical bills as they can affect your future for many years i... Read More
Thursday, 15 August 2019 20:02
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Why Should You Read Online Credit Card Reviews?

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Comparing credit cards is both easier and more difficult than ever before. On the plus side, there are two things working in your favor: •    The large number of credit card offers to compare and choose from•    The ability to gather information online Conversely, a large number of credit card offers can also lead to frustration, as there’s always something else to consider. This can lead to a situation in which you’re afraid to take the...
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There are so many websites out there that offer great reviews, including this one!
Monday, 26 August 2019 13:36
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Saving Money by Reducing Food Waste

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Wasting food is money wasted. Follow these simple, environmentally-friendly tips to help reduce food waste and save money Shop smart.While buying in bulk is convenient, it is more likely to lead to food waste. Frequent trips to the grocery store every few days, rather than one bulk shopping trip, can help to avoid buying more food than you need. Make a shopping list and stick to it. This will help you to buy only what you need. Store...
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