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Archives for October 2016

“Candy Tax” – when Halloween becomes a delicious financial lesson

My shove into the world of taxation didn’t come after a quaint summer job as an awkward teen. Instead, I learned about taxes as a four-year-old girl on Halloween night.

CFPB’s “Know Before You Owe”: a financial ‘syllabus’ for student loans (part 2)

Student loans are one of the top three common sources of debt for many Americans. In fact, NPR reports Americans have about $1.3 trillion in student loan debt alone. That’s a scary figure! The reality of the debt situation is troubling for a number of reasons. Chief among them? The fact that many of those borrowers […]

New loan resource: the CFPB’s “Know Before You Owe” program (part 1)

The term “predatory lender” refers to a loan provider who approves loans for those who aren’t likely to be able to pay them back. The term became popularized during the 2008 financial crisis, when many lenders were found to have approved mortgages with little regard for the borrower’s situation. But, what if the “prey” were given […]

How to earn extra cash for the holidays

From presents, wrapping paper and greeting cards to decorations, food and travel, the cost of holiday cheer can quickly add up. Before you know it, you’ve blown through your budget  – and may even be experiencing some buyer’s remorse about all those strands of twinkle lights you bought. But, hold on! There is good news! This year can […]

The keys to home ownership when you’re self-employed

People who choose to work for themselves tend to like a certain amount of independence. It takes a lot of gumption to cut ties with the traditional 9-5, and the kind of person willing to take that leap is usually in search of an independent lifestyle. But, it’s hard to be truly independent when you’re chained to […]

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