Financial Fitness
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New Job and No Money? Wardrobe Tips For the Not-Yet-Earning

Right out of college, I got my first big-girl job. Up until this point, I went to work in, really, whatever I happened to have in my wardrobe. As a college student, this included a lot of slightly-too-small thrift store tees, m...

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Straight Talk About Retirement Accounts

  Hopefully you’ve figured out that saving for retirement is a key to your financial security, regardless of your age. Now that you’ve decided to start saving, the next step is determining what type of account to utili...

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Q&A with a CPA: Credit Scores

  As a volunteer member of the National CPA Financial Literacy Commission, I am closely involved with Feed the Pig, including participating in monthly Facebook chats to answer money questions. The most recent chat about cr...


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Portion Control: It’s Not Just for Food

When you hear the words portion control, you no doubt thing about plates full of food, servings the size of a deck of cards or a tennis ball, and calorie counting. But what other places in your life are you exercising too littl...

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Combining Your Money With Your Honey

With wedding season in full swing, I would be remiss if I didn’t touch on the importance of couples and money. Whether you’re shacking up for the first time or taking the plunge with marriage, if you’re going ...

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How Much Is Enough?

How much money is enough money? A simple savings calculator is a priceless tool that almost magically and instantly reveals the future value of your investment accounts; it can help you answer that million dollar question of ho...


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Never Miss Another Bill Payment

  When people ask me for ways to improve their credit score, the first thing I always say is, “Pay all your bills on time. Every time.” Paying late even once can have a detrimental effect on your credit score and it ta...

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Straight Talk About Life Insurance

  Few financial topics are as difficult to obtain unbiased information about as life insurance. The industry is a profit machine and typically the only people who really know much about the products are those who stand to ...

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What Will Your Financial Legacy Be? It Matters!

Last week, I was listening to a BlogTalkRadio podcast from our friends over at The Women’s Money Council, and it brought up an incredible question – what do you want your financial legacy to be? At first, when I thought...


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15 Minutes to Financial Improvement

Most people use lack of time to excuse themselves from those unpleasant tasks in life that seem overwhelming: eating a nutritious diet (guilty!), hitting the gym, managing their money… you know, all the fun stuff! It’s true...