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Should You Break Up With Your Credit Card? When to Move On

I’m a big believer in using credit cards to better your financial situation.

That means using your credit card like a debit card, not like a free flowing spigot of money.  There are too many benefits to using a credit card like a free month of float on your money and free warranty extensions on products you buy to ignore credit cards completely.

That isn’t to say that credit cards are risk-free.

Obviously, many people get trapped in credit card debt paying high interest rates with balances that take forever to pay off.  (Many times this is through their own choices of spending too much money on the card, but I digress.)

Just like any other tool credit cards can be used for both good and bad.

The choice on which is up to you.

Even if you aren’t up to your eyeballs in credit card debt there are times when it is just time to move on and decide this isn’t a good card for you.

3 Big Reasons to Break Up With Your Credit Card and Find a New Card

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Stamp Prices Increase and Links

The cost of stamps will rise to 46 cents per stamp on Sunday. 

The US Postal Service is in dire shape; the organization nearly defaulted on payments it is required to make twice last year.  A decline in demand for sending items through the postal service combined with rising healthcare and pension costs has put extreme pressure on the Postal Service.

When is the last time you sent a letter to someone?

Aside from occasional bill payment or sending a birthday card, my use of postal services has dropped significantly.  What will the USPS do as demand continues to drop?  Only time will tell.

When things change financially you have to take action. Don’t wait for a Congressional bailout like the USPS. Take action with these articles:

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What is the Difference Between a Will and a Trust?

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Thinking about your own death is often unpleasant yet unfortunately necessary.

When you die there are a certain set of rules that dictate how your assets will be distributed to your heirs.  Those rules are set by your state’s estate tax laws.

If you don’t want your assets to go to the state and likely take years to be doled out to your heirs then you need a will.  Some people may also need a trust, but a will and a trust are two different legal issues.

Finding out the difference can be pretty confusing and having the wrong type of legal protection for your assets can be a catastrophic estate planning error.

How are a Will and Trust Different?

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5 Strategies for Keeping the Peace When Parents Move Back in with Their Adult Children

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As much as parents love their children, some parents prefer that their grown children fly the coop and don’t come back to live. 

Having adult children move back in with you can be challenging and often requires that you establish firm boundaries and ground rules so both generations can live in peace under the same roof.

While much has been written about the boomerang generation, not much has been said about the reverse trend–parents moving in with their adult children thanks to an inadequate retirement or health problems.

If you foresee that there may be a day when your parents could potentially move in with you, it is important to begin preparing now, years before it may actually happen.

Here are some strategies to help keep the peace when parents move back:

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What is COBRA Continuation Health Insurance Coverage – How Does It Work?

One of the biggest fears any of us have about losing a job is the loss of health insurance.

COBRA continuation health insurance was designed to eliminate that fear, but the reality is that relatively few people ever take it.

Why is that?

COBRA seems simple, and on the surface it is.  Details of the provision on the other hand, are anything but.

What is COBRA Continuation Health Insurance Coverage?

COBRA is the abbreviation for the Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1985 It was enacted by the U.S. government that mandates providing employees with continuing health insurance coverage after separation from their employers.  The Act has been in existence since April, 1986, and covers most employees.

How Does COBRA work?

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8 Places to Research Your Potential House Before You Buy a Home

Buying a home is a big deal.  

You don’t want to go into it unprepared.

Before you buy a house, you want to make sure that you are getting the right house for you — and that it’s in the right neighborhood. The steps to buying a house start with thorough research on the topic.

As you research buying a house, here are 8 web sites that can help you narrow the field and find what works best for you:

1. Trulia

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Alternatives to Attending PayScale’s Top Universities and Still Earning a Commanding Salary

Getting ready to choose a college? 

Depending on your children and their interests, they may be looking at a report to determine the top party schools or the schools that rank highest for their chosen field.

Or, they may just care about the bottom line.

In that case, the annual PayScale report probably attracts their interest.

PayScale offers an annual college salary report that shows which colleges produce graduates that make the highest annual income.  The report breaks this down by starting salary and mid-career salary.  They also report how satisfied respondents are with their jobs.  All the data is collected by those who self-report.

This year, schools in the top 10 are composed primarily of Ivy League schools, private schools, and schools that specialize in a field such as engineering.  They are in order of ranking: Continue Reading

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