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Retail Therapy Is a Symptom, Not a Cure

March 15, 2019 LaTashia Williams

Americans love to shop.  The shopping process can be an emotionally gratifying experience, allowing us to exercise freedom of choice and expression. But contemplating and planning our purchase generates excitement which combats stress. Oftentimes, retail therapy is a symptom of [ . . . ]

9 Best Personal Finance Apps of 2019

March 6, 2019 LaTashia Williams

Personal money management can be a formidable task. Tracking expenses while keeping up your bank balance is just one item. Bill payments, saving, investments, and credit score all comprise our personal finances. Personal finance apps to the rescue! The best [ . . . ]

Pay Down Debt While Saving for Retirement

January 11, 2019 LaTashia Williams

For many people, debt is the main factor preventing us from achieving our financial goals – without even including retirement savings. However, retirement cannot be left out if we are to be able to retire comfortably and securely when the [ . . . ]

Surviving Furlough During the Government Shutdown

December 31, 2018 Brian V. Lee

The first known use of the word “furlough” dates to 1631. The word is from the Dutch word “vorloffe,” meaning “permission” or literally “for leave.” The modern non-military definition of furlough is “a period of time when an employee is [ . . . ]

Avoid Debt This Holiday Season

December 7, 2018 LaTashia Williams

We don’t have to incur debt every holiday. Here are some tips that will allow you to avoid debt this holiday season without later financial regret. Budget Make your budget realistic and relative to you. Excluding this factor will decrease [ . . . ]

Think Twice Before You Co-Sign for a Loan

November 16, 2018 LaTashia Williams

A family member or a close friend is usually a person with whom we have a special connection. We highly regard these relationships which allows us to willingly assist them when there is a need, especially when we are able. [ . . . ]

The Case for Universal Basic Income

November 13, 2018 Brian V. Lee

Could universal basic income bring an end to poverty in America? A lot of big thinkers think so. What is Universal Basic Income? Universal Basic Income (or “UBI”) is the idea of providing a guaranteed income (like $500 a month) [ . . . ]

How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

October 12, 2018 Gina Mangiaracina

Americans love to eat. Each person with an annual income of $75,000 spends nearly $8,000 a year on food and alcohol, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Living on a tight budget, doesn’t have to mean a life of [ . . . ]

How to Build an Emergency Savings Fund

September 14, 2018 Brian V. Lee

A recent study found that 57 percent of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings, while 69 percent have less than $5,000. That’s not enough to get you through an emergency. Here’s how to build an emergency savings fund. Emergency savings [ . . . ]

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