Finance Majors — The Future Is Bright For You

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Since budgets are related to income, it’s encouraging to learn of the latest job and income trends. The list of the 20 most profitable companies in the world, as compiled by 24/7 Wall Street, shows some important trends. Every company on the list (with the exception of Toyota) is either an oil, software or financial services firm. But the latter comprise four of the top 10, with Industrial and Commercial Bank of China earning the top spot with revenues exceeding $89 … Read More

Best Online Tools to Help Reduce Expenses

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For many, one of the hardest elements of maintaining a household is managing overall finances, including spending and balancing a budget. Building a budget can be a stressful undertaking — in fact, the 2014 Stress in America survey by the American Psychological Association found that 64 percent of those surveyed felt that money was a significant source of stress in their lives. Often people think that tracking expenses is a budget. When actually a budget is a tool that helps … Read More

The Joy of De-Cluttering

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Do you find joy in being tidy and de-cluttered? I recently had this perfect storm of events – the persistent mention of the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, a new hobby of browsing through the increasing number of weekend estate sales, plus the urge to update my Will. De-cluttering seems to be at the heart of all of these events. If you’ve ever been to an estate sale recently or read the March 23, 2015 … Read More

Should You Renovate or Redecorate When Updating a Home?

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Are you thinking about selling a home? Are you unsure if you need to renovate or redecorate? Here are five examples of when to do each: When You Need a Pop of Color There’s no need to paint an entire room to achieve a cheery and bright look. Simply add a few colorful touches throughout the room. For example, accent pillows in fun prints and designs can make a dull room pop. Adding other soft, luxurious accessories like throws can also … Read More

Spinning Plates to Simmering Pots – Shifting Your Perspective

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Has your life ever felt like a row of spinning plates? I know mine has. I used to use this spinning plates analogy in my mind much of my adult life when dealing with a variety of different personal and business issues, all needing attention to some degree at the same time. In fact I just attended a business breakfast and heard the expression again when the speaker referred to events during his start-up days as spinning plates. This whole … Read More

Save Money: Don’t DIY, Delegate Instead

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Your home is your castle. However, the castle sometimes needs a few updates. A home is also an investment and your free time is valuable too. There are certain projects where poor work leads to expensive code violations, injuries and property damage. Don’t waste your time on attempting those projects. Here are five home improvement projects where you are better off hiring professionals to handle them from start to finish. Roofing Adventurous homeowners sometimes attempt to fix or even replace … Read More

Alternative Car Options for Short-Term Drivers

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When it comes to purchasing a vehicle, with the variety of regional and metropolitan differences, one size does not always fit all. Fortunately, there are now many options to choose from rather than going through the traditional process of buying or leasing a car. Some people travel a lot and don’t use their cars for weeks or even months at a time. Perhaps you use public transportation most of the time, but need your own vehicle occasionally, like when family … Read More

Intuit’s Mint.com Interviews Judy on Financial Security

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Expert Interview with Judy Lawrence About Financial Security with Mint.com Judy joins Mint’s Interview Series, which also includes Dave Ramsey, Robert Kiyosaki, and other well-known financial & personal budgeting experts. . Many times there is just one thing standing in the way of financial security. That one thing is generally the individual looking for that security. Judy Lawrence of MoneyTracker.com says that once an individual makes the decision to start a new life in terms of finances, half the battle … Read More

5 Tricks to Keep Moving Day Running Smooth

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You found a great apartment or condo, the lease has been signed and in a few days, you’ll be moving into your new place. Moving to a new home is exciting, but packing is among the most dreaded tasks in the history of the world (there is no research to support this, but it’s probably true). Luckily, with a few handy moving hacks and the proper equipment, it’s possible to make it through moving day with all of your stuff … Read More

Card Confusion: Is Debit, Credit or Prepaid Right for You?

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Plastic money has now become an essential fixture in your wallet. But are all cards created equally? From bank-issued debit cards and point-earning credit cards to prepaid cash cards, navigating the many available options can be enough to make your head spin if you aren’t well-versed in finance jargon. Here’s the lowdown on each type of card in plain old English to make it a little easier for you to decide which type of card is best for you. Debit Card A … Read More

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