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Young and Upside Down on the Mortgage: What Would You Do?

Embattled real estate markets and soaring foreclosures aren’t just affecting middle-aged Americans; there are plenty of young people who bought early at the wrong time. True, young homeowners have less invested in a home and plenty of time to rebuild their finances, but finding yourself staring down the barrel of foreclosure is unpleasant at any […]

How To Prepare To Buy Your First Home

How to Prepare to Buy Your First Home

Getting ready to buy your first house can be daunting. Credit scores, down payments, and mortgages are all on your mind. Here’s a guide to help you get ready to make one of the biggest purchases of your life.

How to Stop Worrying About Money

How often do you worry about money? Once a week? Once a day? All of the time? At one time in my life I was so stressed about money (specifically, how much I owed and how little I made), that I couldn’t focus on anything else. It had to stop. Worrying about money isn’t only […]

Do You Fit Stereotypes About Generation Y and Money?

I read a great post this morning by Monica O’Brien of TwentySet about Generation Y bloggers and generational stereotypes. It got me pondering stereotypes I’ve encountered about how twentysomethings handle money. What are these stereotypes? Are you validating these stereotypes with your financial behavior, or smashing through them?

The Connections Between Financial and Physical Fitness

I’ve been working on personal financial goals for over three years. During that time, I’ve also set goals to get stronger, eat better, and lose weight. Unfortunately, I frequently failed to achieve my health goals…until recently. I’ve lost more than 15 pounds since January and have been able to make a healthier lifestyle stick. As […]

Ever Wondered What Happens If You Don’t a File Federal Tax Return?

Ever Wondered What Happens If You Don't a File Federal Tax Return-

Not filing your tax return can be a big deal. At best you will owe interest on any taxes you owe. At worst you could face criminal charges. Better to face the music and get it done than to wait to be caught.

How to Avoid New Debt When You’re Already Digging Out

Something I learned far too late into my twenties is that when you’re trying to get out of debt, finding the money to pay down debts is only half the battle. Sometimes, it’s even harder to avoid going into new debt than it is to pay down debts you already have. This year, for the […]

Applying the 80/20 Rule to Personal Finance

The 80/20 rule, or Pareto principal, is one of the most common management strategies to help people focus on what’s important and get more done. Simply stated in terms of productivity, the 80/20 rule says that 80 percent of results come from just 20 percent of your effort (and, conversely, that 80 percent of your […]

How to File for a Tax Extension

How to File for a Tax Extension

Filing a tax extension won’t give you more time to pay taxes that you owe, but it will give you more time to get your paperwork together before you submit your paperwork. It’s not difficult and may even slightly reduce your risk of an audit.

Social Lending Networks Compared

If you, like most Americans, are fed up with the banking system, then social lending might be for you. I believe social lending is the way of the future for both borrowers and investors. And today, when bank savings rates are tiny, the stock market is up and down, and few banks are making loans […]