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Star Money Articles for the Week of Aug 14

Welcome to this week's edition of Star Money Articles. ESI Money lists the best ways to save money. The Green Swan is embracing lifestyle inflation. Money Boss is trying to stay on top of home improvement. Budgets are Sexy likes home ownership. Retire by 40 is planning an around the world trip. My purchase of the week was a Hawkman T Shirt. […]

Saving Money When You Move Out of State for More Affordable Housing

The following post is from FMF contributor Eric Olesen. With more people leaving the traditional 9 to 5 job and opting to perform services from their computer full-time online, it opens the door for families to live just about anywhere. With this growing trend, people can move their families to another state and enjoy the benefits of cheaper living while earning the same amount of money. […]

Difference Between What Social Security is Supposed to Cover and What People Use It For

Here's an interesting piece from USA Today which compares the percentage of retirement income the government says Social Security should provide to how much it's actually used for. The details: Data from the Social Security Administration (SSA) shows that 61% of retired workers count on their benefits to provide at least half of their monthly income. […]

Difference Between What Social Security is Supposed to Cover and What People Use It For

Here's an interesting piece from USA Today which compares the percentage of retirement income the government says Social Security should provide to how much it's actually used for. The details: Data from the Social Security Administration (SSA) shows that 61% of retired workers count on their benefits to provide at least half of their monthly income. […]

Star Money Articles for the Week of Aug 7

Welcome to this week's edition of Star Money Articles. The White Coat Investor says executives are worse than doctors. ESI Money tells why wealth creation begins with frugality. Physician on Fire asks if a bear can take away your financial independence. Chief Mom Officer loves her 15-year mortgage. The Retirement Manifesto had a home sale explode. My purchase of the week was a Scosche RHYTHM […]

Eight Steps to Be Financially Healthy

Nerdwallet lists three steps to be financially healthy as follows: You can manage your day-to-day financial life You can absorb a financial shock You’re on track to meet your financial goals They then list eight behaviors that help as: You spend less than you earn. You pay bills on time. You have a decent emergency fund. You’re on track with retirement savings. […]

Eight Steps to Be Financially Healthy

Nerdwallet lists three steps to be financially healthy as follows: You can manage your day-to-day financial life You can absorb a financial shock You’re on track to meet your financial goals They then list eight behaviors that help as: You spend less than you earn. You pay bills on time. You have a decent emergency fund. You’re on track with retirement savings. […]

How To Protect Your Credit Score From Medical Collections

The following post is from FMF contributor Josh Erickson. It is painful to discover yet another medical bill when you check you mail, but it's even more painful when you discover how much all those unpaid medical bills are hurting your credit score. Your formerly good credit score could drop by as much as 100 points, all because of medical collections that show up on your report. […]

How To Protect Your Credit Score From Medical Collections

The following post is from FMF contributor Josh Erickson. It is painful to discover yet another medical bill when you check you mail, but it's even more painful when you discover how much all those unpaid medical bills are hurting your credit score. Your formerly good credit score could drop by as much as 100 points, all because of medical collections that show up on your report. […]