Are You Investing in Assets – or in Stuff?

by Kevin Mercadante November 25, 2015

Have you ever seen those commercials on TV that tell you how much money you will “save” if you buy their product or service? It’s been said that only in America can a person save money by spending it. That’s the power of consumerism. You must buy, and the only way to save, is by […]

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Why Eliminating Cable TV Doesn’t Always Save Money

by Kevin Mercadante November 23, 2015

Talk about the need to cut living expenses, and the conversation will inevitably go toward eliminating cable TV. It’s a solid suggestion, but the problem is that it doesn’t always save money. Sure, you save money as far as the monthly bill to pay for your cable service. But you may find that you more than make […]

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Five Reasons to Sell Your House If You Are Facing a Money Crisis

by Kevin Mercadante November 20, 2015

People often defend their homes with every fiber of their being. No matter what’s happening, or how bad it gets, the homestead must be protected at all costs. I kind of understand that conviction. But at the same time I also wonder if homeownership can become an unsustainable burden when you’re facing a career crisis […]

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Why I Reconcile My Accounts Each Month – And You Should Too

by Miranda Marquit November 18, 2015

When I talk to my younger siblings, and to my younger cousins, as well as to fellow personal finance bloggers in their 20s, I notice something interesting: Most of the people I know don’t reconcile their accounts each month. My first checking account was a joint account I opened with my mother when I was […]

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4 Threats to Your Early Retirement Plans – And What To Do About Them

by Kevin Mercadante November 16, 2015

A lot of people would like nothing better than to be able to retire early. But early retirement presents special challenges. When preparing for early retirement it’s important to do some contingency planning. There are at least four threats to your early retirement plans – but more important – is knowing what to do about […]

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Four Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage Early That You’ll Hardly Notice

by Kevin Mercadante November 13, 2015

If you’re a homeowner, and you have a long-term financial plan, you should include a strategy to pay your mortgage off early. If you can, you’ll have more money each month to pay off non-housing debt, or to build up long-term savings to fund your children’s college education, or to prepare for your retirement. And speaking […]

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TradeKing Promotions – Best Promo Ever – $200 Cash Bonus, or Get $1,000 in Commission Free Trades!

by Ryan Guina November 8, 2015

UPDATE: $200 New Account Bonus. Celebrate TradeKing’s 10-Year Anniversary – Receive a $200 cash bonus when you open a new TradeKing account between 11/01/2015, at 1am ET and expiring at 11:59pm ET on 12/31/2015. See below for more details, or click the promotion link to open an account. TradeKing is one of the leading online discount […]

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