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Are You Getting the Best Rates Possible?

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One of the best things about the explosion of online financial services and advice is the ability to do plenty of research before making a decision. It used to be that you stuck with one bank for your daily money management, mortgage, savings and investment accounts — but there’s almost no reason to do that […]

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How to Save on Child Care Expenses with Tax Credits

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This guest post comes from Stephanie Breedlove, the VP of Care.com Homepay. Finding a qualified, trustworthy caregiver is the most important decision you have to make when hiring someone to watch your kids. But a close second is making sure all tax and payroll requirements are followed so you’re free from financial and legal risk. While many […]

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Day 11: Open Long-Term/Retirement Accounts

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Today’s post may be one of the most important chapters in the entire book. It’s a perfect example of the mentality that, if you just get it done, you will be set for the future. We all love a little bit of procrastination, but given that saving for retirement is all about maximizing your time, […]

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Day 10: Automate Your Short-Term Savings

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OK, there’s not actually any robots involved in today’s post, but the image above was too good to pass up. Now that we’ve got your accounts open, it’s time to put the system in place to automate your success. The beautiful part about this is that once you set it, you can essentially forget it. […]

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Day 9: Open Your Online Savings Accounts

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I know I’ve written about it before, but the day I opened my first online savings account literally changed the way I manage money. It was back in the good old high-interest days of the mid-2000s, when you could find an account paying 5% or 6% in interest. I remember putting money into the account, […]

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Day 8: Establish Your Savings Goals

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So at this point, if you’ve been following along, you’ve basically gotten a big picture look at your financial situation. You know what you’re bringing in, how much you’ve been spending and what you’ve been spending it on. But now it’s time to focus on what you’re keeping — your savings goals. I have to […]

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Why You Need An Emergency Fund

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It’s often said that trouble comes in threes. This past weekend, I narrowly avoided not one, but three expensive bills. On Friday, the washing machine broke down; it wouldn’t drain, leaving the drum and the laundry full of water. Fortunately, I was able to open it up and disconnect the pump from the hoses. Inside, […]

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