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6 personal finance tips to start off 2017

The start of a new year… Whether you finished 2016 on a high note or a low note, think of 2017 as a fresh start to tackle some things that you didn’t get around to in 2016. My article today reviews 6 personal finance tips to start off 2017. Many people set resolutions for the......
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Advice for millennials: 10 things I would tell my 18-year-old self

I was thinking the other day: what advice for millennials would I give that would be valuable for them to know? What would I tell myself when I was graduating high school knowing what I know now? Let me start by saying I do not regret my past. I believe in learning from the experiences......
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Goal setting: My 2017 Blog and Finance Goals

In my post last week, I wrote my 2016 year-end summary. At the end of the post, I touched on why goal setting is important. I’ve read quite a few articles over the last week from different bloggers regarding goal setting, and most bloggers argue that people only achieve 8-20% of their goals. That was shocking to......
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2016 year-end summary

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend and that 2016 was a good year for you. 2016 was a  great year for my family and me – I have many things to be thankful for. In today’s post, I provide a year-end summary of things I am thankful for and of things that I am......
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Why you shouldn’t count on a company pension plan for your retirement

This post was inspired by a conversation I had with a good friend that is trying to better his life by finding a good paying job with UPS. UPS offers a nice pension plan if you work for the company for 25 years or until you are 55 (with a certain minimum number of years......
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Should buying a home be considered an investment?

Is buying a house a form of investment? In my post this week, I define what the word investment means. Next, I share the details of the return on my investment from my first home. Finally, I address if buying a home is a good investment or a bad investment. Defining the word Investment According......
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Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT)

Are you looking to further diversify your portfolio? Maybe you want to invest in real estate but you don’t have the funds to put a down payment on a house because you are still working on taking control of your finances? In this post, I will examine what a real estate investment trust (REIT) is.......
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Debt free for two months…. now what?

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday! I am writing this post a little late in the week because we were fortunate enough to spend a lot of quality time with our families and friends! I hope you were able to do the same. In my post today, I review some ideas we are......
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Tax planning for the future

In last week’s post, I discussed tax planning throughout the year to maximize your take-home pay. Ultimately, you want to reduce your taxable income through tax-advantaged investments and ensure you are getting all other available deductions (home mortgage interest, children, etc.) to pay the least amount in taxes. Today, I’m going to throw a wrench......
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10 Money Concepts Kids Should Know By Age 10

I will keep up the tax posts later this week with a new post this Wednesday. I reached out to my Twitter community to see if anyone wanted to share a guest post and Jacqueline Mann from richerwithpets.com reached out! What I really like about the topic of Jacqueline’s post is the theme of educating our children......
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