Tuesday, January 21, 2020

I Want My Stapler!

Do you ever feel like a hamster running in a wheel?  Do you feel like you are running as fast as possible, working as hard as possible, but going nowhere?  Sixty percent...

First-Time Home Buyer Map of America

Owning a home has long been a cornerstone of the American Dream. Before settling into a “dream home,” many first-time homebuyers look for a “starter home” instead. A starter home refers...

Monthly Mortgage Payments in the United States

Cash is king in real estate, but the reality is that most home buyers will need to take out a mortgage in order to afford a house. Many properties require...

Are You Middle Class? Check This Chart to Find Out

Are you in the middle class? You probably think you are, according to new research from the Pew Research Center, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re right. It turns out...

What Investing $100 EARLY in Stocks Would Be Worth Today

There’s a lot of power in being first. And when it comes to Initial Public Offerings, or IPOs, it pays to be one of the earliest investors. But we...

What Makes Americans Take Out Personal Loans?

Personal loans are an increasingly popular product, and people are using them to either consolidate some other type of debt, cover an emergency or fuel irresponsible consumption. That’s according...

Do You Earn Enough to Afford a House in the Largest U.S. Metros?

Owning a home is one of the biggest financial milestones. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that the homeownership rate nationwide is 64.8%, slowly reversing a downward trend that started in 2004. Despite...

DIY For Your Budget

  There are many ways to ease the budget crunch without sacrificing quality.  You can plant a backyard garden. You can make your own household cleaners and detergents.  You can hang...

Budgeting Nuts And Bolts

We mentioned reconciliation and keeping receipts briefly when we talked about how to form a budget. Now we will look at record keeping in greater detail. A simple and effective way...

Shopping Smart

Recently while shopping for groceries at the local discount grocery store I was reminded of a simple way to save money. Read the labels. Do the...

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I Want My Stapler!

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