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The Single Biggest Money Mistake People Make

Let’s just cut right to the chase. The single biggest money mistake that people make is that they put too much emphasis on the short term and not enough on the long term. […]

How to Insure Your Home Business

If you use your own vehicle to transport people or materials for your home-based business, you might need different insurance. Photo: Diamondback Truck Covers A business is a business regardless of where it’s located. […]

How to Insure Your Home Business

If you use your own vehicle to transport people or materials for your home-based business, you might need different insurance. Photo: Diamondback Truck Covers A business is a business regardless of where it’s located. […]

Dear Mom, You Were Right

Photo: pixydust8605 Right after the first of the year, I’ll turn 35. And what a life it’s been so far. My childhood wasn’t perfect, but I was raised by parents who showed me they loved me every day. I didn’t always like the lessons they taught me, but I know now that they were always coming from a good and honest place. […]

Dear Mom, You Were Right

Photo: pixydust8605 Right after the first of the year, I’ll turn 35. And what a life it’s been so far. My childhood wasn’t perfect, but I was raised by parents who showed me they loved me every day. I didn’t always like the lessons they taught me, but I know now that they were always coming from a good and honest place. […]

Ending the Cycle of Excuses

During my second and third years in college, I made some poor decisions regarding which classes to take. Those poor choices, during a period when I was no longer sure about my major, ended up tacking an extra year onto my college experience. My response should have been to talk to advisors and figure out a way to minimize that extra year, cutting it to perhaps a semester or so. […]

Ending the Cycle of Excuses

During my second and third years in college, I made some poor decisions regarding which classes to take. Those poor choices, during a period when I was no longer sure about my major, ended up tacking an extra year onto my college experience. My response should have been to talk to advisors and figure out a way to minimize that extra year, cutting it to perhaps a semester or so. […]

How High School Students Can Financially Prepare for College

Keeping your grads up, taking AP classes, and preparing for the SAT or ACT can boost your chances of landing a scholarship. Photo: MC Quinn Preparing for college can seem overwhelming. The truth is, it’s never too early (or too late) to take steps while still in high school. […]

How High School Students Can Financially Prepare for College

Keeping your grades up, taking AP classes, and preparing for the SAT or ACT can boost your chances of landing a scholarship. Photo: MC Quinn Preparing for college can seem overwhelming. The truth is, it’s never too early (or too late) to take steps while still in high school. […]

Debt and Your Marriage

Talking honestly about money — especially debt — can be difficult. But financial arguments and resentments can wreak havoc on marriages, so it pays to get it all out in the open. Photo: zenjazzygeek When you marry your spouse, you’re merging lives. You’ll need to make room in yours for their books and furniture, sure, but also their family, maybe their pet — and, more often than not, their debt. […]