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From Bankruptcy to Paying $22,000 Cash for a Car
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I was recently a guest on the Masters of Money podcast.  One of the statements Phil made was “Wait a minute.  How does one go from declaring bankruptcy to paying $22,000 cash for a car?” I had never really looked at my journey in that way.  But, when I thought about it, I realized – ... Read More about From Bankruptcy to Paying $22,000 Cash for a Car

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How Does Bill Pay Work?
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Automatic bill pay allows users who’ve signed up for this service to pre-schedule regular and repeat payments from their money accounts to pay down recurring or monthly bills. For some, it can reduce the likelihood of forgetting to pay a bill or incurring late-payment fees—as the payment is automatically deducted once the bill is due. […]

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Earn Extra Money by Joining Online Focus Groups
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Wanted: your opinion. Share your thoughts on products and services as part of a focus group, and get paid. If that sounds interesting, here’s how to get started -- and which focus group companies to contact.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

How Much Will Cutting the Cord Save You?
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Cord-cutting will save you money but for many people, that’s only part of the equation. Yes, you want to spend less on cable, but you want to do that without sacrificing too many shows you enjoy watching. So, before you rip the Band-Aid off, look at the facts, and find out exactly what cord-cutting would ... Read More about How Much Will Cutting the Cord Save You?

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Should You Invest With Friends?
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Investing with friends might seem like an intriguing concept. Instead of being the sole decision maker, you can share financial and knowledge-based resources to come up with a compelling investment strategy that serves your collective goals. Investing with friends may also be a way to make a substantial impact in a cause you believe in, […]

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How to Figure Out Your Family’s Grocery Budget (and Stick to It!)
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One question I see time and again is “How much should I spend on groceries for my family of four ?” — or three, five, etc. When you’re making a household budget, it’s easy to know how much you need to include for most of your living expenses, like utilities, student loans, and even fuel. ... Read More about How to Figure Out Your Family’s Grocery Budget (and Stick to It!)

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Do College Rankings Matter?
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All articles about college rankings should perhaps be read with a grain of salt and primarily through a lens of what matters most to individuals about the college experience and what they’re hoping it will be an investment toward. Prominent publications and people have conveyed a variety of views about whether college rankings matter: The […]

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6 Ways to Save Money on New Clothes
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6 Ways to Save Money on New Clothes

Cut Your Clothing Clutter

If you have a favorite navy shirt, chances are, you rarely wear your second-favorite navy shirt, and never wear your third favorite! If you tend to buy a lot of items that are similar to each other, try organizing your closet by color, so when you pause by that navy polo shirt at the store, you’ll remember just how many navy shirts you already own.

Shop in the Off-Season

For the best deals on clothes, shop in the off-season. Buy spring and summer clothing in July and August, and fall and winter clothing in January and February. (You can often find the best sales right after the holiday season.) It’s sometimes a bummer to buy something you’re not going to be able to wear for six months, but when the time comes to switch seasons, you’ll be happy you already have some new clothes to wear—all of which were purchased on sale!

Befriend Those in the Know

If you have a favorite shop you find yourself spending a lot of time in, make sure to get friendly with the sales staff! Clothing stores often have unannounced sales, or they regularly begin sales on certain days of the week. If you’re down with the people who work there, they’ll often you tip you off. And if they really like you, they may let you put an item on layaway until it goes on sale a few days later.

Keep It Simple

When you’re buying clothes, always go for classic looks rather than modern, trendy ones. A blue V-neck T-shirt will be fashionable year after year, while something with more exotic colors or patterns will go out of style quickly. By choosing the basics, you won't have to buy as many new articles of clothing each season.

Take It to the Tailor

Going to a tailor may seem like an expensive proposition, but it’s often worth it if you unearth a good deal on a suit or other item of clothing that doesn’t quite fit. Found some jeans for ten bucks that look great but are an inch too long? A jacket that’s a steal, but a bit too baggy in the arms? For a small price, you can get these items custom-fitted at a tailor. And you’ll still be saving a bundle from what the normal retail price would be.

Revamp Shoes and Purses Yourself

Not happy with the color of a handbag or pair of fancy shoes? Instead of buying new accessories, turn that unbecoming chartreuse into an elegant black with a can of shoe color spray. You can pick up an inexpensive can of shoe color from a repair shop, then revamp those heels yourself instead of paying someone else to do it for you.

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How to Still Pay Your Bills During a Layoff or When You Miss A Check
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More than 800,000 Americans are currently affected by the government shut down. And, while it would make sense to force our congressmen and senators to also not get paid during that time, it just won’t happen. Even though you may not be working and getting a paycheck, it doesn’t mean the bills stop.  You still ... Read More about How to Still Pay Your Bills During a Layoff or When You Miss A Check

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Understanding Cash in Lieu of Fractional Shares
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It’s not uncommon for publicly-traded companies to restructure based on changing market conditions or share prices. When companies merge, split their stock, or acquire competitors, it can raise the question of how to consolidate or restructure the company’s stock. If such a corporate action generates fractional shares, the company’s leadership has a few options for […]

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