How Big Should Your Emergency Fund Be?

by Julie July 17, 2014

The following is a guest post. Today’s low interest rates make opening a savings account about as appealing as stashing your cash under a mattress. However, you need to have money set aside for major emergencies, such as job loss, health emergencies or other unforeseen crises. So how big should your emergency fund be? Popular […]

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Imagine Yourself Rich: Who Would You Be Then?

by Julie July 17, 2014

The following is a post by Sam Peters. Dang! The old lawn mower is really on its last legs. Whatever it is, it is likely terminal. It’s missing a muffler, anyway. Now, like an old dog that has begun to snap at the postman and look at the cats with real hunger in its eyes, […]

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A Two Question Survey

by Julie July 16, 2014

I’m popping in to ask if you’d take a minute to take the two question survey below. I’d be most grateful! Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world’s leading questionnaire tool. Receive future posts by email Email Address

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Found Money: a 2 Year Update = $43,082

by Julie July 7, 2014

I’m a big believer in little amounts of money. Two years ago, in July of 2012, I wrote about the $318 in proceeds from my garage sale and what I was doing with them. I didn’t realize it at the time but that was the first of what would become regular found money update posts. Since […]

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Happy 4th, Some Housekeeping, and a Found Money Reminder

by Julie July 3, 2014

Happy Thursday and Happy (almost) 4th of July to my US readers. I wanted to pop in to say hi and – for some of you – this may be the first time you have heard from me in a while. That’s because I’ve switched email subscription services, and that shouldn’t interest you at all unless you […]

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Enjoy fireworks and sparkling cash bonuses

by Julie June 30, 2014

Offer details: 360 Checking®: Earn $100 when you open a 360 Checking® account. Sign up for fee-free 360 Checking®, make 5 Debit Card purchases or 5 mobile deposits with CheckMateSM within 45 days and snag a cool $100 on day 50. This has to be your and your joint account holder’s (if you have one) […]

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Financial Thoughts from a New Student College Orientation (with Some Actual College Cost Numbers)

by Julie June 30, 2014

Last week, Tom and I accompanied Grant to his new student orientation at Saint Louis University (SLU). It was a day and a half event, so we drove down on Wednesday evening and back on Friday afternoon. St. Louis is a four hour drive from Kansas City and I was pleasantly surprised to find that […]

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New Home Purchase Applications Surged in 2014

by Julie June 28, 2014

The following is a guest post. November 2013 was not a good month for the housing market. The month saw a 16 percent drop in home sales from October in addition to continued falling prices (for the fifth consecutive month). And with falling sales and prices come fewer sellers, as homeowners decide to wait to […]

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An HSA Mid-Year Update (When Things Don’t Go As Planned)

by Julie June 17, 2014

When I started this post a few weeks ago, it was going to be a very different one. A more boring one. But things didn’t quite go as planned. A little background: earlier this year I wrote about our need to make a health insurance change and our decision to take out a high deductible health […]

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Family Safety Alert – Stay Safe and Healthy

by Julie June 17, 2014

The following is a post from Sam Peters. Your family is your heart and you will do anything to protect them. This is no more than what any other loving parent does for his or her children. But despite your best efforts, accidents can happen. According to the National Safety Council, “falls, accidental poisoning, drowning […]

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