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Should We Buy Life Insurance or Save for College?

My husband and I recently met with an insurance salesman that advised us to purchase several types of life insurance — term and another one. I have life insurance from work and can add my husband to the policy. It’s much more affordable but would...

11 Money Mistakes You Probably Don’t Know You’re Making

Three years before reaching retirement age, a friend of mine quit his (full-pension, government) job, and soon began subtracting money from his 401(k) in order to pay off his mortgage. This was obviously a huge lapse in financial judgment, but it...

How to Create a Recession-Proof Life

Now that we’ve slogged through the Great Recession and long, slow recovery, it’s painful to imagine suffering through that again. But while economic ups and downs are bound to occur, that doesn’t mean you have to participate. By making careful...

What Can We Do About My Husband’s Student Loan Debt?

Our family is suffering from my husband's overwhelming student loan debt. He took out a loan for graduate school, and when there were no jobs after graduation, deferred his loan payments then went into forbearance. As a result, his private lender...

Lessons From Secret Millionaires

Eugenia Dodson grew up on a Minnesota farm, the daughter of poor Swedish immigrants. Her childhood poverty affected her so profoundly that even in her old age, she refused to replace a stove with only one working burner — even though by then she...

Is Negative Thinking Keeping You From Getting Rich?

While I like to think that I have a pretty healthy relationship with money — I save, I try to stick to a budget (key word: try) — I still have nagging negative thoughts about my income and what I choose to do with it. And I’m not alone. No matter...

I’ll Admit It: I’m in This Relationship for the Money

So, I started seeing someone. And I think it has long-term potential. You know how sometimes you just know? We were introduced by a mutual friend, and I trusted him immediately. During our first meeting, I revealed more than I expected — about...

Think Like a Millionaire

Two years after launching my sales and business development consulting firm, I was inspired to launch the Millionaire Girls’ Movement, a resource to help women regenerate, grow and sustain their own wealth. We started out small with just three...

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