Budgeting MYTHS you should avoid!

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Let’s be honest – there is A LOT of advice out there when it comes to creating and sticking to a budget. Perhaps you’ve followed some, tried budgeting, and it just didn’t work out. Budgeting is hard!

Budgeting is essential if you want to pay down debt, save money, and have an idea of where all your income is going each month. It’s a tool you need to achieve your money goals, and while getting in the budgeting habit can be hard, it can be a lot harder if you fall for these budgeting myths.

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Student Loans – How to choose between Parent PLUS Loans vs. Private Parent Loans

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Whether your child is an upcoming Freshman or a returning Junior, it’s never too early to start planning for the upcoming college school year. Like most parents, you probably want to assist your child with the cost of college tuition beyond any scholarships, grants, or student loans of their own. If you need to borrow money, you may need to decide which is the best option for you – a Federal Parent PLUS Loan or a Parent Private Student Loan.

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Financial Advice to Avoid in the New Year

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When it comes to financial or money advice, it seems like everyone has an opinion – some of it can be great and definitely worth looking into, and some of it, well, it’s just really, really bad and should be avoided.

If your resolution for 2021 is to save more money or get your finances in order, here are a few pieces of BAD advice you should steer clear of.

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Tips to Avoid Post-Quarantine Over-Spending

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2020 has been a rollercoaster ride for many people’s finances. During mandatory shutdowns, most Americans cut back on what were once normal activities and found that they were able to save some money. But now what? As communities slowly reopen, it seems like there are deals and sales everywhere vying for your dollars. So how do you avoid post-quarantine overspending?

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How to buy and sell a home at the same time

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Buying a house can be stressful; selling a house can be stressful – add in buying and selling a house at the same time, and it could end up being downright chaos IF it’s not done correctly. There is a lot of conflicting advice out there, so we’re weighing in on some of the most common questions/issues that you’ll face when buying/selling concurrently.

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Secured vs. Unsecured Loans – What’s the Difference and Why Does it Matter

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When it comes to borrowing money, it’s important to understand all aspects of the loan – not just your payment amount, interest rate, and number of payments to be made. There are many different types of loans including personal loans, auto loans, consolidation loans, mortgages, home equity, etc., however they all fall into one of 2 categories: secured or unsecured.

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Money Management Tips to Make Your Finances Recession-Proof

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With all the uncertainties that the Corona Virus has brought, it can be hard to predict what is going to be the long-term effect on the economy. Unfortunately, if a recession does hit, it will be something beyond our control. However what we can control is how we personally respond to it and how we prepare for it.  Taking precautionary measures sooner rather than later can help you protect your finances and make them recession-proof.

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Student Loans and the WORST Ways to Pay them Off

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Student loan debt is a very hot topic. With borrowers owing a combined total of federal student loan debt that is nearing a trillion dollars. One in five adults currently has student loan debt and we don’t see college tuition dropping in the near future.

Repaying your student loans can be daunting, especially if you have over six figures of debt, like many new college graduates.

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Tips for Small Businesses to Survive the Coronavirus

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The only certainty right now when it comes to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is that currently, everything is uncertain. Several local and state governments have issued a shelter in place orders asking people to remain home and only go out for the essentials. Many small, local businesses are feeling this stress as they have been forced to lay off employees, adjust their hours or services, or even close their doors for an indefinite amount of time.

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Making your Money Work for You – Compound Interest and the Rule of 72

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When it comes to saving money, taking advantage of compound interest is a brilliant thing. It’s often one of the easiest and simplest ways to “use your money to make money that makes money”.  Compound interest can also work against you.  Most revolving credit contracts – such as credit card companies – use the compound interest methodology.  If you don’t pay off your balance in full you are charged interest – if you do it this again the following month you will be paying interest on not only your principal BUT also on your past accrued interest.  It’s how they make their money.

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