Author: Kelly Sagert

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How to winterize a house

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When prepping for winter, it makes sense to seal cracks and holes around doors and windows no matter where you live. If you’re bracing for a …

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Understanding the life insurance application process

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So, you’ve honed in on the kind of life insurance that fits your situation, the amount you might need and the length of time you predict …

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What is life insurance & how does it work?

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Life insurance is a type of insurance policy that can provide the policyholder with the reassurance that loved ones will have the financial support they need …

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How much life insurance do I need?

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The short answer could be to buy enough coverage to help address outstanding debts, while also providing enough money to beneficiaries for their financial needs. The …

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Financial advisors: Are they worth the cost?

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As with any relationship, the scope and depth of engaging with a financial advisor can vary significantly from one person to the next. One person may …

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Buying a home with cash vs a mortgage

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In some areas, there simply isn’t enough desirable housing available for the number of interested buyers — and, in these hot spots, buyers will likely find …

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Tips for parents who are starting late for college savings

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  Have you ever asked yourself this question: “When should I start saving for my child’s college?” If so, then the standard advice given is to …

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Learning to pay yourself first

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Exactly what does it mean to pay yourself first? Overall, it means that your top priority should be to put a certain amount of money into …

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9 ways to save money on your utility bills

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Unless you go completely off-grid, there isn’t a way to not pay utility bills. Typically, homeowners pay monthly bills for their electricity usage — plus natural …

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Is mobile banking safe?

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People are increasingly relying upon mobile banking apps. A study shows how they are among the most widely used apps in the United States today, along with social …

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5 ways to rebuild your retirement savings

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Life happens. A natural disaster, an emergency surgery, a roof leak — all sorts of sudden, unexpected situations could leave you scrambling for funds and needing …

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Can I pay off a personal loan early?

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Perhaps you’ve gotten a raise or a bonus, and you want to pay off the remaining balance on a personal loan. Is that possible? The short answer …

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Should you buy or rent a home? Take the quiz

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For many people, buying a home is the biggest financial commitment they’ll ever make in their lifetime, so it makes sense to carefully consider some of …

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Tips for parents of college students

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When you wave goodbye to your college freshman, you’re likely entering a brand new phase of your relationship with your child. In general, this is a …

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Can you buy a car with a credit card?

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Here’s the short answer. Yes, you can buy a car with a credit card. The better question may be whether or not this is the best …

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What is a financial coach?

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A financial coach works with clients to help them manage their money. These clients typically have challenges that have kept them from effectively managing their finances …

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What type of investor are you? Take the quiz

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Although no two investors are exactly alike, there are patterns of investing and, broadly speaking, there are a variety of investor categories, including: •   Passive investor/low-maintenance investor•   Active …