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

9 Tips for Making Bill Paying Easier

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One thing is for sure - monthly bills will always be part of life. That doesn’t mean your bills have to be a headache. There are ways to manage your bills so that your finances flow smoothly and your bills don’t give you nightmares. Check your bills regularly. Avoid letting your bills pile up because the higher the stack of bills gets, the more you’ll procrastinate on opening them. Even if you’re not planning to pay...
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You can also add automatic payments. Make sure you still look at your bills, but this way you will never miss a payment again.... Read More
Thursday, 19 July 2018 15:55
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Tips and Tricks to Start a Side Hustle

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“Side hustles” are all the rage now and many people are starting them to make extra cash. This is in addition to their full-time jobs, and while there is plenty of opportunity out there for people to start one, many are not because they feel it is too difficult to start one. Below are some tips and tricks to help make sure you can get your side hustle off the ground. I can promise you, if...
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Has anyone started a side hustle this year? positive/negative experiences?
Wednesday, 29 August 2018 17:11
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Beware of These Summertime Budget Busters

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Are you the type of person who waits all winter (and spring) long for warmer weather to move into your area? Is this the time of the year when you enjoy yourself the most? While there’s nothing wrong with savoring every last minute of summer, there’s something to remember: these months have the potential to take a toll on your budget. Here are a handful of summertime budget busters to keep a close eye on: •   ...
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My wife have taken 3 vacations this summer and boy have the bills stacked up! We weren't planning to take so much this year, but w... Read More
Wednesday, 18 July 2018 11:47
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Simple Ways to Lower Your Cell Phone Bill This Month

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In today’s day and age, a cell phone has become a must have item. While there are people living without this technology, they’re few and far between. According to Pew Research Center, 95 percent of Americans own some type of cell phone. Enough said! If you’re tired of overpaying on your monthly bill here are some simple steps to take in the immediate future. Even if you only do one of these things there’s a good...
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I pay $85 per month and have limited data (2 GBs). I think this is a reasonable rate, so I have not looked elsewhere.
Wednesday, 18 July 2018 11:45
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3 Things to Understand Before Buying Pet Insurance

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As a pet owner, it goes without saying that you understand the many expenses that can come to light over the years. Although you may have passed on pet insurance in the past, it may be something you want to consider today (or in the near future). It’s been estimated that only one to two percent of the nation’s dog and cat owners carry pet insurance. Even so, this number is slowly rising. If you’re interested...
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my best friends have pet insurance and it has been a life saver for them. They have a french bulldog who has had a lot of complica... Read More
Friday, 29 June 2018 11:16
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5 Basic Rules for Investing

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  According to CNBC, more than 700,000 people became millionaires in 2017. And many of them did so through investing. Whether your goal is to become a millionaire or to build a sizeable income, knowing how to invest can help you reach your overall financial goals. There are some rules every investor should follow. Invest in what you know. There are lots of types of investments - stocks, bonds, mutual funds, IRA, real estate, to name...
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I would also add: (i) research, (ii) ask lots of questions, and (iii) seek out professional advice.
Saturday, 19 May 2018 14:34
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Easy Ways to Save on Your Water Bill This Spring

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With the winter weather finally phasing out, there’s no denying the fact you probably have a lot of catching up to do. For example, you may need to get outside to mow the lawn, power wash your home, and make sure your property didn’t sustain any major damage during the winter months. Springtime is also a great time to revisit your budget, all with an eye toward saving money. Here are three suggestions for saving on...
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Almost my entire neighborhood has these rain barrels. I think they are great! I haven't set one up yet for us, but I plan to this ... Read More
Saturday, 19 May 2018 14:33
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Answer These Questions Before Booking a Hotel

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Are you in the process of searching for a hotel to book? It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling for business or pleasure, you’ll come to find that you have many choices. While it’s easy to make a final decision and go with it, you don’t want to get ahead of yourself. Instead, you need to answer a variety of critical questions before booking. These include the following: •    Where can you get the best deal in...
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I usually book with one of the major online reps like priceline, kayak, or expedia. Most offer the full price you'll pay and the c... Read More
Saturday, 19 May 2018 14:32
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Why Should You Review Your Credit Report?

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Whether or not you review your credit report every now and again is a personal decision. Some people are in the habit of doing so, while others don’t see the point. As a general rule of thumb, you should request and review your credit report at least once every 12 months. Here are some of the many reasons to do so: •    It doesn’t cost anything. You can request a free credit report once a year,...
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Break These Bad Financial Habits ASAP

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Do you have bad financial habits? Have you come to find that these are stopping you from reaching your goals? Are you ready to make a change for the better? Here’s the good thing: you aren’t the only person with bad financial habits. Most people have at least one habit that they want to eliminate as soon as possible. Here are a handful of bad financial habits that you don’t need in your life: •    Impulse...
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One my horrible financial habits is buying clothes. I spend WAY too much money on this. One way I am working on fixing this is set... Read More
Saturday, 19 May 2018 14:25
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