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Odds Are You Are Going to Retire Hungry and Poor

If your 75 year old self could talk to you today about making retirement saving a priority, what advice do you think you'd hear?

Americans can be in as much current day denial as they want to about their future and what retirement will look like but recent studies show a significant number of people are not at all confident they will be able to retire with adequate income and savings. According to the Employee Benefit Research institute, 49 percent of workers surveyed said ... Read More »

Saving Money is Important When Getting Out of Debt

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Here is a video from Cambridge Credit Counseling that speaks directly about the need to save even when dealing with debt. I can’t stress it enough, how important it is to make saving a priority even before debt repayment. The last place you want to be is broke from spending through your savings but still in debt. It’s so refreshing ... Read More »

A Little Difference With Compound Interest

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Sometimes the difference between success and failure is very small. Occasionally you’ll see a race (NASCAR, horse or foot) that will be decided by just an inch or two. Such a tiny amount determines winners and losers. What’s also striking is how much difference that can make in the future. Our stock car winner will take home a bigger prize ... Read More »

How Much Of My Annual Pay Should I Be Saving For Retirement?

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Over the past few weeks I’ve been noticing quite a few searches coming to this site with people putting together their financial strategy for the new year, and asking one important question. How much annual pay should I be saving for retirement? It seems like a lot of folks are just unsure about how much they should be saving, and ... Read More »

Are you Sabotaging Your Financial Success? 7 Key Indicators.

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It’s not that you don’t care about your finances…it’s just that you can’t seem to get really get them reigned in, right? You start out with good intentions- †to start a budget, to start saving more, to stop the impulse shopping…but every month something seems to happen and your righteous path to financial freedom and independence is once again derailed.So, ... Read More »

Stop Spending Money on Stupid Things

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The following guest post was contributed by Tracy Sitchen Tracy Sitchen is a veteran coupon clipper, stay at home, and aspiring writer. While she loves shopping, she loves the chase of the deal even more! She’s recently been writing on printable Mrs Smith pie coupons and printable on the border coupons over at her blog where she shares deals and ... Read More »

Building Your Financial Future: Advice For 20-Somethings

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photo © 2009 Andrew Magill | more info (via: Wylio)A lot of people always say that sometimes no credit is just as bad as poor credit. And I’d like to attest, this is correct. I, Amanda Miller, am in my 20s. Which means, you guessed it, I am the poorest I will ever be again (knock on wood). When I ... Read More »

Betterment is Now My Favorite Place to Save Money

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I typically don’t recommend financial products and services unless I’ve tested them out. In fact I can’t think of any that I’ve not tested. Nine months ago I found out about a new company that wanted to turn investing on its head and make it super simple. They’ve also made just boring old saving money easy on top of making ... Read More »

SteveSavers – Group Discounts to Save Big Bucks on Debt and Credit Help

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Today I’m announcing a new free service of the GetOutOfDebt.org site, SteveSaver’s. So what is a SteveSaverTM you are probably asking? There are a number of areas that people spend money on credit and debt issues. They spend money on credit counseling, credit reports, credit scores, debt settlement services, etc. So I thought, let’s bring group saving discounts offers to ... Read More »

The Unforeseen Importance of Having a Boring Savings Account – Ask Steve Video

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This week I answer Brandon’s question about saving money even if you are barely able to make ends meet. When you are just making it from month-to-month and paying the minimum payments alone it seems like a strange time to need to think about saving money. Most people don’t and then guess what happens when an unexpected event happens? Yep ... Read More »

Shop-O-Nomics: How the Missing Dollar Sign Makes You Spend More

I’m giving your reading muscles a break today and instead of writing you an article here’s a video based on a study put out by Cornell University in 2009 about the “Effects of Menu-price Formats on Restaurant Checks“. The study suggested that people were more inclined to purchase and spend more if the dollar sign ($) was dropped in front ... Read More »

Unbelievable Back To School Money Saving Tips

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As most of us all know, our wallets have been tested the past few years to see just how far we can squeeze them. Some of you most likely trying for a completely 360 degree twist. Many of you are probably sweating in your sleep thinking about the money spent or money you need to spend on back to school ... Read More »

How to Be Financially Successful When You Graduate

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Congratulations! You’ve made it through the starving student years and now you’re ready to start a job and earn some real money. You’re probably thinking about all the things you’ll be able to buy, places you’ll go and things you’ll be able to do when those paychecks start rolling in. Not so fast. If you’re like all the people who ... Read More »

Money Saving Strategies for New Parents

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You’ve heard the statistics: it’s going to take a zillion dollars to clothe, feed and take care of your child until adulthood. And that doesn’t include college — or the money you’ll spend if they stick around after 18! But you’re plunging into parenthood anyway. Good for you! You don’t have to go completely into hock to raise your child ... Read More »

Do It Yourself Guide to Credit Reports: 10 Ways to Improve Your Credit

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So your credit’s not so hot. A few late payments, maybe an account or two that went to collections. What’s the big deal? As you’ve probably found out, it may be a very big deal. You’ve probably already been turned down for the best credit cards and maybe you’ve had trouble getting a car loan. Perhaps you’ve even put off ... Read More »

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