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Five Reasons We Overspend (and How to Overcome Them)

What makes us overspend? Let’s look at five common reasons and how we can overcome them.  1. To keep up with the JonesesWhen people who seem to be in the same financial bracket as us can afford another pair of designer shoes for each outfit, we should be able to afford them, too, right? Break

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Five Ways to Trim Your Fixed Expenses

When trying to trim a monthly budget, most people don’t even consider their fixed expenses; however, with just a bit of effort and research, most of these costs can be reduced. 1. Consider a refinanceTrim your mortgage payments by refinancing at a lower interest rate. It will cost a bit, but you can roll closing

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How to Dispute and Pay for Large Medical Bills

Astronomical medical bills can be devastating to any budget. Here’s how to dispute and pay for large medical bills in five easy steps. Step 1: Review your bills.Typically, you’ll receive an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) from your insurance company in addition to the actual bill telling you how much you’re responsible for paying. It’s important

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Step 12 of 12 Towards Financial Freedom: Celebrate!

Is your debt shrinking? Have you gotten rid of one of your outstanding loans or lines of credit? Well, then it’s time to celebrate! Take the time, this month, to celebrate every small goal you’ve reached on your journey toward paying down debt. You don’t need to spend much to celebrate an achievement; find inexpensive

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Step 11 of 12 Towards Financial Freedom: Track Your Progress

Update every bit of progress you make on the debt spreadsheet you created earlier this year. Keep your spreadsheet in a visible place so you can quickly and frequently track your progress. Watching those numbers shrink will give you the motivation you need to work harder and make it all happen quicker. Just imagine; one

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Step 10 of 12 Towards Financial Freedom: Make It Automatic

Now that you’re maximizing your payments toward the debt you’ve prioritized, make sure it happens by automating your payments. Set up an automatic transfer in your designated amount from your checking account or your savings account to that debt each month, and it will be well on its way to disappearing! Need help? Meet with

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Step 8 of 12 Towards Financial Freedom: Boost Your Income

Increase your income this month to help you pay down debt. There are a handful of practical ways to accomplish this. For instance, consider asking for a raise or promotion at your current workplace or seeking employment elsewhere if you feel you’ve reached your maximum earning potential at the company. You can also freelance for

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Step 7 of 12 Towards Financial Freedom: Create A Debt Snowball

You’ve organized your debt, you’ve set up an emergency fund, and you’re working on spending less. You’re now ready to start getting rid of that debt — for good! Choose the debt you’d like to pay down first. Financial experts typically suggest starting from the smallest debt and working your way up. You can also

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Six Ways to Keep Your Finances Intact this Holiday Season

‘Tis the season to shop until you drop – or until you go broke. But you don’t have to overspend. There’s no need to rack up a huge credit card bill or go into debt just to cover your holiday expenses. Enjoy a stress-free season by keeping your spending in check with these six tips:

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Combating the Financial Mistakes of Our 20s and 30s

People starting out in their careers often focus on the here and now while ignoring the future when it comes to finances. As you climb the ladder of success, you tend to think that the raises and promotions will endlessly continue. It can seem like you have forever to plan for the future. As millions

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Step 6 of 12 Towards Financial Freedom: Trim Expenses

If you’ve been following our Financial Freedom series, then you know that last month we focused on creating a budget. Now that we have a budget, let’s slim it down! You’ve already practiced spending less thanks to Step #2 in this series. Now, it’s time to get serious about it. Take a long, hard look at the

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Retail Therapy

Although you may feel that you have your spending habits under control, people do tend to spend for emotional reasons. Some people spend to feel better, to get rid of a feeling of loneliness, or to forget about whatever it is that’s bothering them. Alternatively, some people like to spend money when they feel good

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Step 5 of 12 Towards Financial Freedom: Create a Budget

This month, you’re going to organize your finances. Hold onto every receipt, bill, statement, pay stub, and invoice you produce throughout the month. Sometime during the last week of the month, sit down with all of your paperwork and start crunching the numbers. When you’re through, you should have all of these questions answered: How

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Step 4 of 12 Towards Financial Freedom: Create an Emergency Fund

You may be feeling impatient to start more aggressively paying down debt, but it’s important to first create an emergency fund. You might be tempted to use the money that’s already earmarked for your debt payments to fund this expense if you don’t have money socked away for unexpected expenses. Experts recommend keeping three months’

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Seven Steps to a Mid-Year Financial Check-Up

It feels like you just packed away the holiday decorations yesterday, but believe it or not, 2019 is already half over. As we sail into the season of barbecues and beaches, take a few minutes to give yourself a mid-year financial checkup. A small investment of time can spur important changes that can affect your

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Step 3 of 12 Towards Financial Freedom: Negotiate a Lower APR

If the majority of your outstanding debt is credit card debt, you may be spending hundreds of dollars just on interest alone. Aside from wasting money, this keeps you from moving forward and paying down your debt. NEGOTIATE FOR A LOWER APRMost people don’t know you can call up a credit card company and negotiate

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