Financial Fitness
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How Does a Career Change Affect Your Tax Situation?

We’re now less than one month away from the dreaded tax day, and I’ve heard a number of friends and family say they still haven’t filed taxes. One of my friends spent an hour on the phone with Turbo Tax last w...

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De-clutter Your Financial Files: Document Retention Guidelines

Yay, it’s Tax Time! That fun time of year when we sort through the piles of paper in the, “I’ll deal with this later” file. This time-consuming task has many people asking themselves, “How long...

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The Frugal Career Girl: Fit Into Your Clothes While Fitting Into Your Budget!

    Quick question for all of the faithful CGN readers out there: when on earth did gym memberships get so expensive? Maybe I’ve been out of the loop for a while (okay, yes…I’ve been woefully out of ...


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Breaking Down Your FICO Credit Score

  When someone is talking about their credit score, what they usually mean is their FICO score, which is the standard credit score used in the majority of lending decisions in the US. Your FICO score is meant to represent ...

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Divorce and Taxes: What Women Must Know

In 2008, I went through a divorce, and among the many issues one deals with when ending a marriage – new apartment, finances, lawyers, court approvals, and so much more – but the one we rarely hear about is how divorce can ...

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The Frugal Career Girl: Make More Money!

There came a time during the unemployed season where I would sit in my car, grip my steering wheel, close my eyes and smile, thinking only this: I truly cannot wait until I’m back in the place where I can buy a grande moc...


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Direct and Home Party Sales Companies: Annoying, Empowering or Both?

As a little girl, growing up in North Dakota, my mom was a stay-at-home mother until both my brother and I were in school full time. During that time, though, my mom was what the 1980′s branded “The Avon Lady.”...

There’s No Such Thing As A Safe Investment

I’ve had a lot of questions about investing lately – Should I invest? What should I invest in? How much should I invest? While it’s hard to answer these questions in a way that will apply to everyone, it’s clear to me t...

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You Spent How Much?! Valentine’s Day Facts For the Frugal Career Girl

As Valentine’s Day is approaching, I’m going to do something a little unusual and, instead of talking about what to do on that special (or not-special, depending on who you are) day, I’d rather remind us all o...


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Cheating is Cheating: Financial Infidelity Disrupts Relationships

Most couples aspire to a completely transparent relationship built on trust, but according to a SELF Magazine survey, 46 percent of people in relationships have committed “financial infidelity,” which is lying to th...