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Five Unexpected Expenses of Self-Employment
When you first start working for yourself, being self-employed seems to offer nothing but benefits. No commuting (usually), no boss looking over your shoulder, and no 9-5 routine dominating your everyday existence. And best of all, you can keep all of your profits to yourself, right? Not exactly. Th Continue Reading
Zero Down Payment Mortgages Are Coming Back – But Don’t Fall For It
If you’re hoping to buy a house in the very near future but are finding it tough to save money for a down payment, help may be on the way. Last month, federal regulators took steps that may restore zero down payment mortgages. It’s thought that the cherished zero down payment mortgage is just wh Continue Reading
The Future of Student Loan Debt In America
While a college education is still seen as one of the best paths to success, the cost of paying student loans ends up damaging young adults more than they might realize. Today, more than 70 percent of students graduate with loans averaging around $29,000. It doesn't end there though; college graduat Continue Reading
Why Paying Down Your Mortgage is More Important Than Ever
The foreclosure wave and forced short sales of the past few years have shown that paying down—and ultimately paying off—your mortgage isn’t just desirable, but perhaps even a completely necessary step toward securing you financial future. Continue Reading
The Power of Saying NO
Have you ever noticed that truly successful people have little trouble saying “no”? They may do it politely, but they do it and do it often. And they’re on to something - it's the power of saying NO. “No” is a control word, a word that has real power. When we use it, we’re in control. Continue Reading
10 Ways a Barcode Can Benefit Small Businesses
Adding a barcode printer to your business is a practical decision that has affected business operations for many small business owners. It might seem unnecessary if your business has few employees or operates from a single storefront location. However, for many businesses, it has been an excellent d Continue Reading
Some Jobs Are NOT Worth Having
In the past I've written about the often negative consequences of various jobs and income situations. Today's post is on a related topic, but it centers on my own personal experience with a job I probably would have been better off if I'd never taken. And it taught me - going forward - that some job Continue Reading
Never Bankrupt Yourself For a College Education
There was a depressingly interesting article early this week - describing the fortunes of yet another couple whose financial lives have been ruined by student loans. This article dealt not with students, but with the parents who took the loans to pay for their daughters to attend college, to the tun Continue Reading
Am I the Only One Who Thinks the Published Inflation Rate is Bogus?
As you can guess from the title, I think that the published inflation rate is bogus. Completely. Let me explain. Over the weekend I was going through some old files and boxes, trying to cut down on some of the clutter that I’ve collected over the years. One of the more interesting tidbits I came a Continue Reading
Driving While Distracted – Driver Distractions, Auto Accidents And Your Car Insurance Rates
Distractions draw your attention away from the road whenever you're behind the wheel. On any given day, you might confront thousands of things that cause you to divert your attention or take your mind off traffic. Some are necessary. Stop signs, merging vehicles, traffic lights, and construction cre Continue Reading