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The High Cost of Small Appliance Repair

by October 12, 2012

Our microwave recently went out of commission. It’s funny how you don’t notice how much you use something until it is gone! The microwave itself was still functioning, however, the door button moved freely, but didn’t release the door. Thankfully, there wasn’t any food in the microwave, otherwise it might have gotten ugly if I [...]

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Buying a House Together When You’re Not Married

by Emily Guy Birken October 5, 2012

While it may have been shocking as recently as 15 or 20 years ago, the “unmarriage” trend seems to be here to stay. According to a 2009 story by Lisa Selin Davis of Time Magazine, “more than 5 million unmarried couples cohabit in the U.S., nearly eight times the number in 1970, and a record-breaking [...]

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How to File a Complaint with the Do Not Call Registry

by September 4, 2012

My wife and I went without a landline for several years before I finally decided to get a landline for my business. There are a lot of benefits of going without a landline, and we didn’t have any problems living without a landline for the last few years. One of my favorite benefits is the [...]

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What is an 80-10-10 Mortgage?

by August 23, 2012

Stretching yourself financially to purchase a home is usually a bad idea. (How bad? These types of purchases helped fuel the housing bust of just a few years ago.) However, in some occasions you can stretch yourself for just a while, quickly pay off any financial problems that crop up, and come out ahead. Let’s [...]

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Thinking About Refinancing Your Mortgage? Don’t Make These Mistakes

by August 15, 2012

My wife and I bought a house last year and refinanced the mortgage within a year of the purchase.  Most people don’t plan to refinance within a year of their purchase, but the mortgage rates continued falling to the point where it seemed like a good long term move.  We actually could have saved even [...]

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Best Cars That Depreciate Rapidly

by Emily Guy Birken August 1, 2012

A recent Polk analysis of vehicle registration data shows that the American fleet of cars is getting much older: the average vehicle has been on the road for 10.8 years, which is the oldest average age recorded since Polk started tracking these figures in 1995. What this means for the average driver is that purchasing [...]

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Why You Need a Will, and How to Make One

by Miranda Marquit July 6, 2012

Most of us feel as though we will live forever. It seems inconceivable to think that death could be right around the corner. Even the death of your spouse seems more realistic than your own death. However, the reality is that you never know when something unfortunate will happen to take you away from your [...]

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