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Tips from Tess Wicks: Helping You Save for Your Wedding

Weddings are expensive, but they don’t have to be. Whether you’re in the midst of planning, or just dreaming about it someday, it’s never too early to start coming up with a saving strategy. I want to share a step-by-step guide to saving for your wedding with money in the bank, how to find hidden […]

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Finances After a Life-Changing Illness

It’s two and a half years later, but it feels like just yesterday I was facing my second episode of pulmonary embolism (PE), a condition I’ll have to battle my entire life, where the arteries in my lungs can become blocked by a blood clot. Life has changed a lot since then — including my […]

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London Bound: How I’m Saving for My Dream Trip

For years, I’ve wanted to experience all the famous historical sites in London I had only read about in books: see Shakespeare’s plays at the Globe Theater, marvel at the grandeur of the Tower of London, visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum, and go shopping at Harrods and Selfridges. I’m fortunate enough to have a job […]

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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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