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What is your net worth and why does it matter?

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Net worth is pretty simple – it is what you own minus what you owe.  Some people say you shouldn’t include the equity in your primary residence, your household goods or your vehicles.  Others say go ahead and include them.  You can decide – that’s your choice.  In its most basic form, your net worth…

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5 financial resolutions for the New Year

New Years resolutions

A brand new year provides the perfect opportunity to make meaningful life changes, including improved financial wellness. These five financial resolutions can help get your year off to a promising start.   Get on budget.  Take charge of your finances by creating a budget. Start by calculating after-tax income and subtracting fixed monthly expenses. Then…

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How not to overspend this holiday season

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The holidays are fast approaching, and so is the season for spending.  Many people find this a stressful time, because they know they will end up spending more than they can afford.  Here are some ways to reign in your spending this season. Set a budget Before you begin making lists, planning and shopping, decide…

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To pay down debt, first you have to save

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When you want to pay off debt fast, that impulse often means depleting your savings. So how do you pay off debt AND save money? Mathematically, based on the interest rates of your loans versus your savings account (or other savings products), your debt is likely costing you more money every month than your savings…

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Be a credit card deadbeat

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There are two types of credit card customers:  revolvers and transactors.  Revolvers carry a balance from month to month, and are the money makers for credit card companies because they also pay interest, and sometimes late payment fees.  Transactors pay off their balance every month, thus avoiding interest charges and late payment fees. Transactors are…

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