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

Salary Negotiation Tips for First-Timers

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Have you come to the conclusion that your employer should be paying you more money? Are you ready to negotiate your salary for the first time? Although this can be a stressful situation, it’s something you’ll probably face at some point in your career. Despite your concerns, such as the possibility of your employer shooting you down, it’s important to move forward and take immediate action. After all, you don’t want to work for less than...
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Make sure you research your market pay as well. Having benchmarks can be a great tool.
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 13:38
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Frugal Flips for the Not-So-Extreme Cheapskate, Part 3

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As of this past March I’ve been posting monthly tips for saving money, which I’m calling “frugal flips.” So far, the flips I’ve shared in this series have the potential to save around $1973 a year. Frugal Flip #6: Re-think your coffee brewing method This one will be especially useful for those of you who regularly make your own coffee at home with a single cup brewing machine, such as a Keurig. If you’ve been thinking...
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Great post! Do you have any recommendations on the brand of the reusable cup?
Monday, 25 September 2017 17:37
Alison
Hi Frank! Thanks for the positive feedback. I try to avoid mentioning brand names in my articles so I don't sound like a walking a... Read More
Saturday, 30 September 2017 12:58
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6 Sneaky Ways Coupons Lead to Overspending

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When it comes to saving money there’s no denying the popularity of coupons. In their 2017 Coupon and Promo Code Use Study, public opinion research firm PRRI found that 92% of consumers have used coupons in the past year. But do they really help us save money? Unfortunately, too many of us end up spending more money when we use coupons than we would have without them. And that is exactly why coupons exist. Budget conscious...
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Frank
I always get caught on #3. My wife too!
Sunday, 30 April 2017 20:46
Alison
Me too! I'm sure we're not the only ones. Coupon psychology is powerful stuff, and that one is especially insidious!
Monday, 01 May 2017 10:51
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How to Prepare Now for Holiday Shopping in the Near Future

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With the holiday shopping season closing in, now is the best time to get prepared. If you wait too long, if you continue to put this off, you may find yourself searching for gifts without any time to spare. Supply disruptions in 2020 magnify the current need to not procrastinate. Fortunately, you have the option to prepare yourself well in advance. Here are three steps you can take now to prepare for the holiday shopping you...
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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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What’s the Best Way to Pay for a Personal Emergency?

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There is nothing more stressful than facing a personal emergency that has the potential to negatively impact your finances. From a serious illness to a major car repair, you never know what you will face in the future. This is why you need to be prepared for anything that could come your way. Although everyone is facing a different set of circumstances, here are some of the best ways to pay for a personal emergency: Emergency...
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These kind of situations are never good. These are some good ideas, and you can always try and negotiate with the person/company c... Read More
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 17:26
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Should You Start Holiday Shopping Today?

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Even though we are several months away from the holiday season, it will be here before you know it. While some people enjoy waiting until the last minute to shop for gifts, others realize the benefits of getting an early start. Would it be crazy to start your holiday shopping today? Rather than shoot down this idea, here are a few reasons why it makes sense: Not buying everything at the same time. When you buy...
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I always buy my Xmas presents in the summer. Right now I can enjoy myself and not fight the crowds!
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 17:28
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Saving for you (Future) Child

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Savings for your current child or future child needs to be a big goal for you and your family. I found this amazing, but a recent government study found that it can take over $235,000 to raise a child from infancy to age 17. In fact that number does not include college, extracurricular activities, or family vacations. Now that you know its going to cost a lot to provide for a child, I wanted to lay...
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I decided to invest in a 529 state plan in the state I reside. The plan was simple to set up and the investment options were prett... Read More
Thursday, 21 March 2019 11:36
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Personal Finance for High School Students

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There is an issue I think needs to be addressed in public high schools. While the core classes like algebra, geometry, and English are critical, these schools are putting enough focus on everyday skills like personal finance. I think personal finance should be a core class in high school. Learning these skills in high schools will help the student through adulthood, and may even find a job. I bet there are many that find themselves behind...
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Does anyone currently have a child in high school and are trying to teach them about personal finances?
Monday, 27 May 2019 15:11
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Simple Ways my Family Saves Money Each Month

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Now that I am officially a family man, I have found that I have started to really look for ways for my family to save more money each month. I am sure other families feel this pinch and are constantly looking for ways to save money as well. While it is rare eliminating a single expense will give you control over your finances, you can usually save a lot of money by combining savings from several...
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