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Plan Well, Retire Well

Saving and investing your money

Kids Need to Practice Spending Money

How can you learn to manage money if you never have a chance to practice? I believe kids --from preschool on up -- need opportunities to practice spending money. They need a chance to make choices and learn from their choices (and mistakes). Summer is a great time for kids to practice spending money. For one thing, they have all this free time to think of things they want! Of course, to...

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A Chocoholic Shopaholic's Confession

A few years ago, I found myself in a grocery store where bags of snack sized candy bars were on sale for just $0.99 instead of the usual $2.50 or so. It wasn't on my list, but I put a bag in my cart. Then I thought to myself, That is a really good deal! And I put three more bags in my cart. When I got home and was unpacking the grocery sack, I pulled out those bags of candy. I...

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Have fun being a cheapskate!

We have all seen the price of gas go over $4.00 a gallon and the reality is setting in that gas may even reach $5.00 a gallon over the summer. So, where do you find the extra money to help pay for rising prices such as gasoline and food. A good place as Karen discussed last week is from an emergency account, however, you don't want to drain your emergency account for everyday spending. As price...

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Meet the New Superhero: Your Emergency Fund!

I just took my car in for an oil change. I didn't expect an oil change to run more than $500. But when the mechanic gave my car a once-over, he found two things that really needed to be fixed. I'm glad he found them before these things caused bigger problems. But $500 in car repairs wasn't exactly in this month's budget. So it's Emergency Fund Superhero to the rescue! I...

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