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Do you know how money works? One of the reasons that many people have a hard time getting ahead is due to the fact that they really don’t know how money works. When you don’t understand money, it can be too easy to fall into the debt trap, or to miss out on opportunities to make a little more money. It’s in your best interest to learn¬†personal finance lessons, and do what you can to…

One of the most important things you can do for your finances is to establish spending priorities. When you prioritize your spending, you make sure that the most important items in your budget are funded first. This means that the most important things in your life, such as making sure your housing payments are made, as well as ensuring that your children are properly fed, are taken care of first. Spending priorities are essential if…

One of the questions that many people ask when they are looking for insurance coverage is whether or not they need coverage for protection against uninsured drivers. Because many drivers are uninsured — in spite of laws that require car insurance — it can help in some cases to make sure that you get uninsured motorist coverage. What is Uninsured Motorist Coverage? This is coverage that helps pay for injuries you sustain if an uninsured…

Many of us have come to rely on debit cards. They are convenient methods of payment, working like credit cards — and accepted where credit cards are used. You can swipe your debit card quickly and easily, without worrying about paying interest; your money comes right out of your checking. And now, banks are betting on the fact that you will want to keep the convenience of debit cards. Wells Fargo is test out monthly…

One of the questions we sometimes have to ask ourselves is this: Is it sometimes worth it to pay a little more? The issue of the Netflix price increase has me thinking about when it might be worth your while to pay a little extra. For instance, if the Netflix price increase will allow the company to expand its streamed offerings, then I think that the higher price is well worth it. There are other…

One of the most common financial goals that many people have is paying down debt. Finding the money to pay down debt can be difficult, though. In order to be more effective as part of a debt pay down plan, you need to make some changes in the way you handle money. This way, you will be able to pay down your debt faster: Move Debt Up the Priority List The first thing you need…

One of the things that has struck me as some gear up for what some believe will be the Rapture tomorrow, is that we really do want our assets cared for after we are gone. It’s why we get involved in estate planning. We write wills and form trusts in an effort to make sure that those we leave behind are cared for. As I’ve read stories of post-rapture services — especially pet care –…

One of the questions you need to ask yourself before you purchase something on sale, or take advantage of a “great bargain” is this: Am I really saving money? In so many instances, we think that we are saving money when what we are actually doing is spending it. If you really want to save money and build wealth, you have to get real about your spending and saving habits. Saving Money vs. Spending Less…

One of the consequences of the recently enacted Credit CARD Act is that many credit card issuers are changing some of the terms of their agreements. This can include providing you notice that they are changing the fee structure, as well as changing your interest rate. It’s true that credit card issuers aren’t supposed to raise interest rates on existing balances (except in a few cases), but they can up the interest rate on your…

Our heater kicked on for the first time this morning, reminding me that winter is on the way. (Hopefully we’ll get a few weeks of autumn first.) That means it’s time to start getting the house ready for colder weather. This is important if you want a warmer house — without extra high utility bills. You probably already know all about programmable thermostats. Here are some more simple tips for winterizing your home in a…

It would be nice to think that the most recent recession was an aberration, but the truth is that it is not. Recessions come and go; it is part of the natural economic cycle. You can always expect there to be up cycles and down cycles. This means that once you get through this recession, it is a good idea to be ready for the next one. No, you do not have to stockpile gold…