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Become the Chief Financial Officer of Your Own Life

My father was a serial entrepreneur: He was always starting businesses. Most failed, but some were wildly successful. As a boy, I imitated him by starting kid-sized businesses of my own. My ventures were much smaller than Dad’s, but they had similar ups and downs. The lemonade stand by the ...

 

How To Create a Successful Meal Plan

Did you know that for every extra minute you stay in the grocery store, you spend an extra $1.75?  We will talk more about that later in the article but for now we want to talk about meal planning strategies. Meal planning is a HUGE time saver and also saves ...

 

How To Handle Your Finances on a Low Income

Although decades of inflation have occurred, the wages of million of American workers have not kept up with the increased cost of living. But with a little of what I call "economically creative thinking," we can keep the hope of a better life alive. Here are 3 areas low-income earners ...

 

Money and Marriage: How Couples Can Be Too Frugal

Can you ever be too frugal? Is there such a thing as saving too much of your money? If you’re future-oriented and obsessed with turning your financial goals into realities -- and constantly delay all gratification in the name of financial progress -- you could be guilty of both these ...

 

How Much "It's Only $5" Really Costs You Over Time

The everyday purchases we make of five or ten dollars may not seem significant, but when repeated day after day after day they become incredibly costly. Breaking your routine spending habits and cutting back expenses just a little bit over time can lead to large benefits to your future self. ...

 

3 Ways To Budget as a Couple So You Don't Kill Each Other

What word could strike fear in the hearts of grown men and women alike more than the word “budget”? Maybe not everyone has that fear, but chances are that in a married couple, at least one spouse HATES budgeting. Mark's take: For us, Lauren has wanted nothing to do with ...

How To Find the Best CD Rates

There's a hot scam going on around the country that's stealing your money with a promise of high returns on a seemingly safe product. We're in an era when people are struggling to find short-term CDs that pay more than 1%. Yet people who are on fixed incomes or are ...

Find a Fee-Only Financial Planner

Do you have money to invest, but you're not sure where to put it? Most people who are unsure about investments hire someone to help. Here's how to do that the right way. One of the greatest danger points is mid-career, when you find yourself with a great deal of ...

Money & Marriage: 5 Ways To Keep the Peace

How many couples have you seen marry and then blow up when fighting about money? Arguments over family finances are a leading cause of divorce. Here are 5 key steps couples can take to better manage their financial lives together 1. Appoint a CFO (Chief Financial Officer) While neither of ...

Should We Do Away With the Penny?

Years ago, I suggested that we do away with the penny in the United States. Boy, did I hear it from a lot of listeners. People were not happy with me! Here's why the penny is near worthless The reality is pennies actually cost more than one cent to make ...

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