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Money advice

Pay Off Your Debt for Good This Time

There is an enemy amongst us, my friends. Its name? Revolving Debt. You might know it by other names: Plastic fantastic, Charge! or “passport to debt slavery.” Whatever you call it, credit card debt has the power to take over your personal...

Double Your Savings This Year -- Really

Forget about losing that last 10 pounds. Want to really make a difference in your life? Start saving 10 percent of your income. As New Year’s Resolutions go, this one isn’t all that different than the ever-popular “I will fit into my skinny...

7 Warning Signs You’re In Financial Trouble

I vividly remember being in my kitchen a couple years ago and having to decide between two bills to pay: our mortgage or day care. My husband has recently gotten laid off for the second time in four years, and in the meantime, we had doubled our...

10 Habits of High Net-Worth Women

As a financial advisor, I have occasionally found myself feeling envious of certain clients. Not because of their wealth — but because they were disciplined and determined enough to do all the right things that enabled them to accumulate their...

9 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Bought a House

After years of moving in and out of apartments, my husband and I were confident that we were ready to take the next step and become homeowners. So we started looking for houses — the way we looked for apartments. How big were the closets? Would...

From Bank Fees to Medical Bills – 6 Surprising Things You Can Negotiate

Everything can be had for a price — and more often than you’d think, it’s less than what the price tag says. You probably expect to haggle a bit when purchasing a car or a garage sale item, but did you know it’s possible to keep more of your...

The Real Reasons You’re Not Saving Enough

As a financial advisor, working with clients is often a lesson in psychology. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the same old excuses for why people aren’t saving more money or saving at all. The truth is that these excuses are just...

How Talking About Money Can Boost Your Earning Power

Forgive me while I break a writing rule and employ a cliché: Knowledge is power. You knew that, right? Then why do you refuse to talk about money?  Talking about the nitty-gritty of your financial life is one of the most empowering things you can...

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