How Much Life Insurance Should You Buy?

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How to get the right life insurance amount

Maybe you know you need life insurance, but all you get is the policy through your employer because it seemed cheap.  Maybe it is cheap, but is it adequate?

Since you’re thinking about life insurance anyway, you might as well make sure your family has the right amount of coverage.  Insurance is all about displacing risks, so your fist job is to figure out why you need life insurance.

Seriously, let’s pretend I just asked the question, “why do you need life insurance, anyway?”  What would you tell me? Write it down on a scratch piece of paper.
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How to Teach Your Young Children How to Budget

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How can you teach a three year old to budget when they don’t understand money?

My husband and I paid off $70,000 in debt and have changed our beliefs from accumulating stuff to accumulating life experiences.  We wanted to teach our son some of the lessons we’ve learned.

As a mom, I have been trying to figure out how to teach my son about money, and find a system to reward him that doesn’t involve sugar or toys.
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How An Excellent Credit Score Has Helped Us Save Money

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Having excellent credit scores has helped my wife and I save in many ways over the years. We didn’t always have great credit scores.  Both my wife and I had our periods of credit card debt.  Along with that came the occasional late payment and the regular stealing from Peter to pay Paul lifestyle.  But we both wised up and, over time, eliminated our credit card debts.  With that came better and better credit scores.  We’ve discovered that having a good, or great, credit score has its benefits.
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Frugality Doesn’t Mean You Have To Deprive Yourself

What is the first thing that pops into your head when I say the word frugal?

Do you see an image of grumpy, old Ebenezer Scrooge sitting alone at his desk counting his money?  Or perhaps you imagine yourself shivering in the dark, afraid of wasting money on heat or electricity?

If that’s what you think frugality is like you’re way off!
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Its April 15-Get Your Taxes In! And Tax Day Deals

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Did you wait until the last minute? Did April 15th creep up on you too quickly?  Don’t sit there waiting, get working on completing and filing your taxes!

You have until midnight, April 15th, to have physical tax forms postmarked before they are late.  Of course you need to make sure you get to the post office in time, and trust me, there will be lines!
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Recurring Expenses Will Kill Your Budget-Choose Wisely

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As someone with a bunch of regular expenses, I know that they add up.  I also know that you’d have to pry my laptop from my cold, dead fingers before I’d voluntarily give up the internet.  In my husband’s case, cable is a necessity.  How do you choose between one recurring expense and another? Prioritize.
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Costs In Buying A Home Besides Your Mortgage

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“What are these home costs?!?” you scream to yourself as you start your life in your new home.  You went through your budget with a fine tooth comb, making sure you could afford the mortgage payments.  You negotiated the house price and got a good interest rate on the mortgage.  You know what your local taxes will be and you home insurance costs.  You thought you were set.  Then the OTHER costs rear their heads.  You quickly realize that owning a home isn’t all about being able to pay the mortgage.

There are a number of other costs you need to consider before you buy a house:
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