Pay down your debt: Snowball Method or Avalanche Method

Financial problems are all around us. Many Americans today are in debt and are having difficulty paying it down. According to the latest statistics: U.S. households have more than $15,000 in credit card debt. 43 percent of Americans spend more than they earn. 14 percent of income is used to just pay interest on credit…

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Should you pay your mortgage off early?

Not many enjoy having a large mortgage looming over their heads and racking up interest for up to 30 years. As a result many with extra cash look to pay off their mortgage as soon as possible. However paying your mortgage off early may not always be the best decision. There are two types of debt,…

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14-Day SMART Plan To Improve Your Finances

According to recent data, 61% of Americans don’t keep track of their money. Even for those that do, many feel overwhelmed. I have designed for anyone who wants to improve how they manage their money, the 14-Day SMART Plan to Improve Your Finances! This simple self-improvement plan features one task to focus on per day. Based on…

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Why you need a financial plan

In this series so far we covered how a financial plan can help you optimize your Social Security benefits. Click here to read part 1 and part 2. With advances in technology, you can easily analyze and compare different strategies and the results that follow. The purpose of a financial plan is to discover and establish…

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In this series, we are covering the importance of a personal financial plan. You can read Part 1 here. Studies have shown it is the primary way for people to feel confident about their money and retirement, especially when it comes to Social Security. With advances in online technology, a good financial plan can help…

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Financial Plan for financial independence

Many people think that a financial plan is only for people with money. Studies show however that a comprehensive financial plan benefits everyone, regardless of income, age, and net worth. In fact having a financial plan is one of the sure ways to get into a higher income bracket!  Interested in getting one for free?…

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New ways to combat harmful debt collection practices (Get Debt Collection Help!) BY CFPB WEB TEAM Today, in addition to two bulletins putting companies on notice about harmful debt collection practices, we’re also releasing new tools for consumers: Action letters for consumers to consider using in corresponding with debt collectors and debt collection complaints. Click here for tips on…

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  Managing finances by yourself can be tough. Add on a spouse and kids, and it can make managing finances even more difficult. Surveys show that money difficulties are one of the top reasons for divorces and relationship problems. Here are the top financial mistakes a spouse can make: * Letting one spouse or partner manage…

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When you are facing debts that seem to get bigger every day, it’s common to feel increasingly isolated, stressed, and unable to regain control of your finances. You might be surprised at just how many people are also dealing with debt; however, it’s become such a taboo subject that we rarely talk about money with…

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