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Do It Today: Steps 1-4 of 12 toward Living a Debt-Free Life

If you’re determined that this will be the year you finally pay down (or pay off) that debt. Get ready, because this Do It Today plan will have you taking 12 steps on your journey toward living a debt-free life. Continue reading
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You Need to Stop Believing These 7 Money Myths

You might think you’ve got a handle on your finances, but it’s likely you’re falling for at least one of these money myths! See if any of these apply to you, if so you’ve fallen victim to a money myth! Continue reading
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Needs Vs. Wants: How to Tell the Difference

When it comes time to lay out your budget, one of the biggest divisions is between needs and wants. You might think you’ve got a handle on that, but it can be a little tricky. Here’s a tip: If you’re not sure which category something fits in, put off buying it for a while. Chances are, the drive to buy a need will increase, but the drive to buy a want will drop off. Continue reading
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Why are the prices so high now?

We’re just coming out of a pandemic, and now it looks like the next epidemic will be…inflation. Prices are up everywhere, on everything, but why? There’s not just one reason. So, for now, trim your discretionary expenses, look into tactics like couponing and shop sales as much as possible, buying only what you absolutely need. You’ll make it! Continue reading
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7 Reasons Not to Skip a Home Inspection

Found your dream home? Don’t sign anything until you have an inspection! It’ll save you money, heartache and even avoid safety hazards. See our tips! Continue reading
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Essential Tools for Every Homeowner

Since we have been talking about house renovations the past couple of weeks, I thought we might ought to talk about some of the tools needed for such updates. This list would be good for new homeowners and longtime homeowners. I have owned my house for nearly 12 years and still don’t have all the tools I need to get … Continue reading
Scam Alert

Scam Alert: Beware of Child Tax Credit Scams

The IRS is about to start issuing Child Tax Credit money, so of course the scent of government money draws scammers like flies. If you're eligible for the CTC, you don't have to do anything to get it. However, the IRS will have two online portals to update your personal information or income, and of course that's one of the ways the scammers will come after you. Continue reading
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What You Need to Know About the Advance Child Tax Credits

The Child Tax Credit has always been a help for families trying to raise kids while dealing with life's expenses. Due to the pandemic, the CTC has been increased this year and advance payments will be sent to eligible families. Read on to get all the details and see why you might not want to take the early checks. Continue reading
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Tactics to Sell Your Home Quickly

If you’re getting ready to sell your house, we’ve got tips that will help you get a buyer quickly and sell for a great price! You’ll be closing in no time! Continue reading