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3 Home Additions That Will Raise Your Insurance Rates

by Emily Guy Birken January 21, 2013

One of the joys (and headaches) of home ownership is embarking on the remodeling projects that will turn your house into your dream home. While no one expects an addition or a remodel to their house to be cheap (even if you do plan to do most of the labor yourself), there is one expense […]

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How To Avoid Spoiling Your Kids

by Emily Guy Birken January 16, 2013

No one plans to raise a child like Veruca Salt. The spoiled brat in the story Charlie and Chocolate Factory was given her every heart’s desire by her loving and over-indulgent parents—and became a gimme gimme monster who ends up being pushed down a trash chute when she won’t take no for an answer. Obviously, […]

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What to Expect When You Stop Paying Your Bills

by Emily Guy Birken January 11, 2013

If your debts are piling up and you are feeling overwhelmed, simply not paying your bills may seem like an easy solution. It’s certainly the path of least resistance. But not paying your bills will only give you a short reprieve. In next to no time, you’ll find yourself in a much worse situation. Here […]

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Keep Your Financial New Year’s Resolutions with Behavioral Economics

by Emily Guy Birken January 3, 2013

In the first few days of January, it seems as if the New Year is nothing but potential. You tell yourself that this year is the one when you’ll finally get out of debt/maximize your retirement savings/save up for that trip to France. And yet, most New Year’s resolutions are broken—according to the Wall Street […]

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An Introduction to Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities

by Emily Guy Birken December 18, 2012

If you’re concerned about inflation, Uncle Sam offers an investment that protects you from the vagaries of the Consumer Price Index. Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities, or TIPS, are a safe investment and are backed by the U.S. government. Here is what you need to know about this investment: How TIPS Work TIPS bonds are sold in […]

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Gift Card Scams and Frauds to Watch Out For

by Emily Guy Birken December 13, 2012

Everybody loves a gift card: gift-givers searching for the perfect present, gift-recipients who get to pick out exactly what they want, and scammers—who are always looking for a way to make a shady buck. For the most part, purchasing a gift card is perfectly safe for you and for the merchant. However, there are a […]

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Using Christmas Shopping to Teach Kids About Money

by Emily Guy Birken November 27, 2012

When your children are small, maintaining the magic of Santa Claus can potentially throw a wrench in their financial education. Since “Santa” is bringing presents, then it can seem perfectly reasonable for them to ask for expensive gifts. They may understand that Mom and Dad aren’t made of money, but Santa ought to be. But […]

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