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Should I Pay Off My Mortgage Before I Retire?

Many people, including me, dream of having a “mortgage burning” party the week they retire. The very thought of making my last mortgage payment makes me jump for joy. No mortgage payment means peace of mind, freedom and a strong sense of security. But is it a false sense of security? Given today’s low interest rate … Continue reading “Should I Pay Off My Mortgage Before I Retire?”

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Big Money Wasters: Break These 10 Expensive Habits Today

While we may have goals to build a solid emergency fund, buy a home, retire early, or pay off debt, sometimes we can be our own worst enemy. Let’s face it — we all make poor money choices. Sometimes we may even be sabotaging our finances unconsciously. We are only human, after all. Breaking those … Continue reading “Big Money Wasters: Break These 10 Expensive Habits Today”

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3 Ways To Make A Social Impact With Simple Household Spending

There are ways to make a social impact, not just by giving to charity, but also with regular household spending. Since we’re spending money anyway, wouldn’t it be nice to do a social good at the same time? Here are three ideas: Your Money Happy Checklists Only spend money on what matters most:MY LIST and … Continue reading “3 Ways To Make A Social Impact With Simple Household Spending”

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5 Powerful Money Lessons To Teach Your Daughters

When you teach your children about money, you have to be aware of the unspoken messages you impart to them — especially to your daughters. My parents always told me that the sky was the limit, and that I could be anything I wanted — but their actions told me something different. When my brother … Continue reading “5 Powerful Money Lessons To Teach Your Daughters”

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Missing Money: How I Found $140 In Five Minutes And You Can, Too

Our financial lives can get complicated, and sometimes things slip through the cracks. I forgot about an old account when I moved from California to Utah a few years ago. I kept $140 in a checking account at a credit union to maintain membership, since credit unions often have great auto loan rates. The account … Continue reading “Missing Money: How I Found $140 In Five Minutes And You Can, Too”

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10 Impactful Books To Give The High School Graduate In Your Life

When you stop to think about it, a book is truly amazing. With the turn of a page, a lifetime of knowledge from the world’s most learned people is right in front of your eyes.     A great book can make a lasting impression on a young person. Because of this, a basket of … Continue reading “10 Impactful Books To Give The High School Graduate In Your Life”

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5 Not-So-Obvious Financially Savvy Graduation Gifts For Your High School Senior

Are you on the hunt for a great gift for the special graduate in your life?   Back in the day, I received a special present — a gold cross pen — from my older cousin who was already in college. I felt so sophisticated!     While writing instruments are a great gift, there … Continue reading “5 Not-So-Obvious Financially Savvy Graduation Gifts For Your High School Senior”

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Finances Are Complicated: How To Know If You Really Have Your Spending Under Control

If you were lucky enough to have financial education classes at school or work, you probably learned to save, invest, and reduce debt. But did anyone ever teach you how to spend money? Living below your means is one of the most important factors of long-term financial success, but it can be tricky — especially … Continue reading “Finances Are Complicated: How To Know If You Really Have Your Spending Under Control”

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If you started saving late, you need more than just a 401(k) to fund your retirement.

7 Retirement Lessons For Late Starters