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Have You Tried a Spending Diet?

Since Christmas has passed, my husband and I have been on something of a spending diet. It hasn’t been a conscious decision; we’ve just been a little too busy to worry about buying things, and, besides, it seems a lot like overkill to go out and spend money after the most materialistic of holidays has

5 Ways to Invest in Real Estate

Real estate isn’t really my thing, but I understand that many investors like the idea of including property in their portfolios. The good news is that there are a number of ways to invest in real estate, even if you don’t relish the idea of property management. If you think you’d like some portfolio exposure

Why Don’t You Want to Talk About Money?

Growing up, we didn’t talk much about money. My parents talked about the importance of saving and of the importance of tithing, but we didn’t really talk about my parents’ financial situation, or talk much about what other people made. Talking about money — sharing the numbers — was taboo. It’s still fairly taboo to

5 Ways to Improve Your Credit Score

Your credit score is an increasingly important piece of your financial picture. Your credit score can influence not only your loan approval and interest rate, but also your insurance premiums, as well as what kind of deposit you have to make with a landlord or a cell phone service provider. If you want to save