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A Budget Without Goals? You're Crazy!

Budgets are important. They help us to keep track of our expenses and help make sure we have enough money in our bank account. However, there is a much more important reason to have a budget - to make sure larger financial goals are achievable and realistic. If your budget doesn't align with your overall financial goals, then it doesn't make any sense to have goals in the first place. Let's look further.

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19 Apps To Help Manage Your Money

As we continue to live our lives on the go, it's important that we can find tools to help us manage our money on the go as well. Money Magazine recently came out with a list of the best apps to manage your money. Here is a consolidated summary.... 

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Are You Confident You'll Be Able To Retire Comfortably?

For many, that is the question that you will constantly ask yourself over your working life. The bad news is that the vast majority of people do not feel that they will be able to retire comfortably. The Employee Benefit Research Institute recently released the results of a retirement survey that stated that only 13% of Americans feel "very confident" that they will have a comfortable retirement....

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Creating Personal Financial Statements Is Another Way To Look At Your Money

By Bob Stanke, Guest Blogger

There are so many ways to budget and manage your money, and I have tried several different methodologies over the years. I have done everything from micro-budgeting(the process of knowing your exact daily cost of living and waking up to an exact number of discretionary funds you have for that day) to macro-budgeting (the process of lumping several smaller line items on your budget under just a few large categories)....

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Fighting Megabanks One Account At A Time

We constantly see a tension in our society between a desire to support smaller local organizations while balancing the benefits of what an all-in-one big organization can provide. This is no different in banking. Many people love supporting smaller community banks and keeping their dollars local and in the community...

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Simple Investing: Warren Buffett Style

I know that there is a lot of information out there about investing. Over time, we'll get much more specific about tips, strategies, and more. However, one of the most easy to follow tips out there is to look to someone who has done a fantastic job investing over his lifetime - the "Oracle of Omaha," Warren Buffett.

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I Need Help Getting Out Of Debt!

 You don’t have to be a mathematician to know that debt is a major problem in our society. In the United States, consumer debt now totals $2.8 billion. That averages out to $8,800 per person. What types of debt make up that $8,800 per person? 31% of that ($2,728) is revolving debt, typically credit card debt....

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Renting A Townhouse To Elvis? Our Experiences Owning and Managing Rental Properties

 Elvis has left the building? No, his blue suede shoes were actually IN OUR BUILDING. Ask someone what they think about owning and managing rental properties and you’ll likely get a variety of different thoughts and feelings. Some may have had a terrible experience with a renter and vow to never touch a rental property again. Others may have found it to be a great source of side income. You may have heard others say that they love the tax breaks. So what are some things you should think about before getting into the rental game? Read on and find out.

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