Family & Home

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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8 Inexpensive Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

by Kevin Mercadante November 6, 2015

If you are planning to sell your house in the near future you’ll naturally want to get the best price for it. You don’t have to break the bank to make this happen – here are eight inexpensive ways to increase the value of your home. A Fresh Paint Job A fresh paint job can […]

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Looking for a Place to Retire? Consider these 10 States

by Miranda Marquit October 28, 2015

One of the most important factors when it comes to retirement is where you decide to live. Cost of living is a big deal when it comes to retirement, since you are often on a fixed income, and you might not be able to afford to live someplace expensive. When deciding where to retire, you […]

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Do You Hide Your Money from Your Spouse?

by Miranda Marquit October 21, 2015

One of the quirks of my financial relationship with my husband was the fact that he wasn’t very interested in what was happening with our money. For the most part, he was just interested in whether or not he can make a purchase. If he wants to make a large purchase, he let me know […]

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Are You Having Financial Conversations with Your Kids?

by Miranda Marquit October 16, 2015

I have long advocated having financial conversations with your kids. It’s important to give your kids an idea of how to appropriately manage money, and talk to them about how you handle your finances — as well as what you wish you had done differently. However, it might be difficult to talk with kids about […]

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Is It Worth It To Pay Movers?

by Miranda Marquit November 17, 2014

I think that paying movers just might be worth the cost. My recent cross-country move involved full-service movers, and it’s been awesome. This isn’t our first cross-country rodeo; it’s our third. In the past, my husband and I have used a version of self-service moving. We’ve used those “you pack, we drive” services in the […]

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Your Parents Have NO Retirement Savings – What’s Your Responsibility?

by Kevin Mercadante August 25, 2014

We all know what a bad situation it is to have no retirement savings. But what if it’s not you, but your parents, who have no retirement savings – what’s your responsibility? On first thought, it might be tempting to dismiss the entire scenario. You can simply assume that your parents have some kind of […]

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