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Why Kids Don’t Save Money and What to Do About It

Every parent knows that if you give a kid a dollar, they’ll promptly run out and spend it. When the money slips out of a birthday card, it isn’t as surprising since it’s intended as a gift or present anyway. But in the long run, how do we get our kids to become fiscally successful […]

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Vacation Spots Where You Get More for Your Dollar

Sometimes you just really need a vacation. But planning a vacation, especially deciding where to go, may not be feasible when it comes to your finances. Eating packaged ramen every night while you save for that trip to Greece may sound like an attainable goal, but even the most enthusiastic soup lover would cave after […]

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A Personal Approach to Investing

While it may seem intimidating, investing well can be straightforward. The world of finance and investing might have complex words and concepts, but all you really need to know to get started are these three simple principles: Set goals, start small, and focus on the long term. And today, there are dozens of tools out […]

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What Makes You Happy? How This Simple Question Changed My Financial Future

When my wife Taylor and I met, we were both a year or two out of college with the whole world ahead of us. Young and naive, we assumed things would work out for us one day, and we were both excited to carpe diem the next 10 years while we were young. One of […]

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Jim Wang’s 6 Frugal Moves That Aren’t Worth It

I like to save in some areas of my life so I can splurge on others. For example, as an entrepreneur with a limited amount of time, it surprises some of my friends that I take care of our landscaping duties. We have a sizable yard, probably around an acre, and with a riding mower […]

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Jim Wang’s 5 Things You Shouldn’t Overpay For

My mom loves finding a good deal. As a kid, we’d frequently shop at Marshall’s to find deals on clothing. I didn’t know, or care, that Marshall’s was a discount clothing store. My mom enjoyed it because we found high-quality clothing without paying high-quality prices! For her, it was like a treasure hunt where you […]

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Tess Wicks’ 7 Effective Strategies Despite Changing Interest Rates

You’ve seen the headlines: the Federal Reserve is changing the federal funds rate, and the move is impacting most banks and the interest rate banks can pass on to their customers. If saving is a top goal for you, nothing can compare to seeing interest rates rise. On the other hand, when rates are in […]

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7 Safe Online Shopping Tips with Jim Wang

Years ago, I remember buying a DVD boxed set as a gift from a small online retailer. It was such a good deal I was willing to overlook how terrible the website looked. It was supposed to ship in a few days, but I didn’t hear a peep for over a week. I tried calling […]

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How to Avoid Washing Diner Dishes (and Other Money Tips for the Road) by Angela Essington

Even the most seasoned travelers come across obstacles while on the road. From forgetting to schedule a payment to losing a credit card hundreds of miles away from home, there are, unfortunately, always opportunities for lessons learned. We recently learned some very valuable money lessons — at a roadside diner of all places! Let me […]

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Why I Invested in Higher Education by Elissia Franklin

All investments have a level of risk and reward. Whether it’s a blue-chip stock or a new tech start-up, both can be evaluated in terms of the potential benefits and drawbacks. Deciding whether to pursue higher education should be evaluated this way, too. As a woman in STEM pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Purdue […]

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