For Each Small Business, Choose A Specialized Insurance Firm

by Julie April 3, 2015

The following is a post from Sam Peters. You never know when disaster will strike your business. That’s one of the defining characteristics of disasters, after all–uncertainty. If we saw them coming, we’d get out of the way. If you’re in business, however, you might not see trouble coming, because you might be long gone before […]

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6 Ways to Spend a Tax Refund that You Will Thank Yourself for Later

by Julie March 31, 2015
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“Do something today that your future self will thank you for.” Are you getting a tax refund this year? It’s very unusual for us to get one because we’re self-employed; any refunds get applied to next year’s taxes. But this year, through a very specific set of events, we got a $2000 refund from the state. We […]

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How We’re Cutting Expenses in 2015

by Julie March 25, 2015
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Have you ever looked at a year’s worth of your spending in one place? It’s an eye-opening thing. If you have a system for tracking your money (I use Quicken), you can use the report feature to see what I mean. Or sometimes credit cards will send you an annual statement by category, so if […]

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How long will information stay on a credit report?

by Julie March 24, 2015

The following is a guest post. If you are looking to take out personal finance, a lender will do a search on your credit report to find out what kind of borrower you might make. A credit report contains a wealth of information, including personal details and past loans you may have taken out, as […]

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3 Kitchen Shortcuts to Make Your Life Easier

by Julie March 23, 2015
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We’ve been doing a lot more eating at home this year, especially in the last month, so I’ve been falling back on the shortcuts that have stood the test of time in our kitchen. Here are three of my favorites, and I’ve been using them so long that I don’t remember where I first heard about them. […]

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Talking College on the Couple Money Podcast

by Julie March 17, 2015
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Did you know that podcasts are big now? Like really big. Well, my blogging friend, Elle from Couple Money, started a podcast last year and I completely forgot to tell you all about it. That’s an especially bad oversight since Elle had me on as a guest on episode #4 way back in October. We talked about paying for […]

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The Benefits of Working with a Local Insurance Agent

by Julie March 17, 2015

The following is a guest post. As vehicle owners shop for auto insurance, many choose to work with a national name. This often means that contacting the company for assistance leaves policy holders waiting on hold or not getting the answers needed regarding policies or claims. You can still have insurance coverage through a national […]

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The Pros and Cons of Selling a Structured Settlement

by Julie March 16, 2015

The following is a guest post. People usually get structured settlements because bad things have happened in their lives. They have become plaintiffs in a lawsuit for one of many reasons. If this sounds like you, you likely are finding yourself more financially strapped than you ever have been before. Many people involved in lawsuits […]

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Motivation for the Journey and a Few Words about Facebook

by Julie March 11, 2015
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In January I began posting some of my favorite quotes paired with pictures on the Family CEO Facebook page and you guys really responded! Apparently you like quotes as much as I do. Because not everyone sees the Facebook posts, I’m sharing the five most popular quotes here. That’s #5 up above, and #4 through #1 […]

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The One Simple Way We Overhauled Our Finances

by Julie March 9, 2015
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Nine years ago this month I hired myself to make the most of our family’s finances. What does that mean, exactly? Although I couldn’t have articulated it this way at the time, I had hired myself to stop using our income to qualify for payments, and start using it to build wealth for our future. We’ve had a […]

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