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Credit Cards: Better Leave Home Without Them

It’s not just your imagination.  You really do spend more when you say “charge it!” The proliferation of non-cash forms of payment like credit and debit cards, Pay Pal, gift cards, phone apps, and online bank payments  is making it easier for people to spend too much money.  The temptation to overspend is especially acute for […]

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Starting an Emergency Fund, and How Your Roth IRA Can Do Double-Duty

We recently worked with reporter Craig Guillot, a business and personal finance writer from New Orleans, on an article for Mint.com about starting an emergency fund.  You can check out the full article here.  In working with Craig on the article, we made the point about how a Roth IRA account can sometimes do “double […]

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Quote of the Week: Saving for Retirement

“The amount you save for retirement is far more important than how you invest that money.   … But even the most brilliantly diversified portfolio isn’t going to get the job done if you’re not putting enough into it.”  Suze Orman, O, The Oprah Magazine, January 2012  

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Fastest Way to Pay Down Credit Card Debt

  Some of our client say that one of their top New Year’s resolutions is to pay down credit card debt.  What’s the fastest way to do that? Some people like to tackle small credit card balances first, since paying off one account in entirety gives them a “feel good” sense of accomplishment.  However, that’s not […]

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Quote of the Week: Top Financial Blunder

“When asked to select their top financial blunder of 2011, approximately 1 out of 5 workers surveyed by Principal Financial Group said they did not save enough during the year. And 18 percent said increasing debt was their top mistake.” U.S. News & World Report, December 22, 2011

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Helping Your Kids Without Going Broke

There’s probably no better evidence that times are tough. In a recent study, an astonishing 59% of parents reported providing financial support to adult children (ages 18 to 39) who are not in college.  Almost half support children with living expenses, 41% with transportation costs and 29% with spending money. And over one-half of all […]

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