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Buying a Car for the First Time 2

Admittedly car buying is not the most pleasant process. If you're a first-time buyer with little to no credit history, it can be even worse. That being said, preparation can go a long way in smoothing everything out.

Money at 30: Starting My (Potential) Home Buying Quest 6

A few weeks ago in my post about savings milestones and goals I mentioned that my wife and I were currently working on building up a down payment to maybe one day buy a house of our own. Over the years I have personally gone back in forth between obsessing...

The Good and Bad About Target Date Funds 2

If you are one of the millions of Americans who save for retirement by contributing to a 401(k) there's a good chance you've at least heard of target date funds (TDFs). That's because these funds have become one of the most popular investment options for 401(k)s or other retirement investing...

October Jobs Report Arrives Ahead of Election Day

As the Washington Post reports, the final jobs report that will be released before the 2016 presidential election arrived today, bringing some mostly positive but slightly mixed news. The good: the U.S. economy added 161,000 jobs last month. The bad: that's slightly less than the 173,000 jobs that economists had...

What Do Millennials Know About Finance?

This past week a new sitcom titled The Great Indoors debuted on CBS. The program starring Joel McHale has been noted for playing upon stereotypes that the those in the Millennial generation are overly sensitive, technology dependent, lazy members of society. But, in order for those jokes to land, the general...

The Pros and Cons of Selling on Deal Sites 5

If you're a small business owner you're undoubtedly aware of various deal sites that allow you to essentially sell customers a discounted (50% off or more) gift card to use at your location. While the height of sites like Groupon, LivingSocial, and other local offerings may have passed that doesn't...

Money at 30: The Student Debt Crisis and What Can Be Done 13

Whether you’re a Millennial, Gen Xer, or a Baby Boomer there’s a good chance you’ve heard a lot about student loans and debt as of late. Due to numerous factors ranging from the rising cost of tuition to a soft job market for graduates during and following the great recession,...

Why You Should Set Your 2017 Money Goals Now

As of today there are only two months left in the rollercoaster year that has been 2016. Skipping past all the holidays and major U.S. events that will happen between now and then, the big question is do you have your financial new year's resolutions prepared? While it may seem strange...