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30 first-time homebuyer mistakes that can cost you big time

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Buying a house is an incredibly exciting yet overwhelming time. If new homebuyers let their emotions get the best of them or fail to do their …

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President Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan

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Paying for the Plan The Biden administration introduced a $2 trillion infrastructure package. The spending plan, which will rebuild roads and tunnels, improve schools, and upgrade …

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This generation is most likely to fall for tax scams

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After a difficult year for millions of Americans, many eagerly wait for their tax refund checks to hit their bank account. However, taxpayers will first need …

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How to build a financial plan without a professional financial planner

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Years ago, I dropped my business card into one of those fishbowls near the front door of a restaurant. You’ve seen them too – put your …

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Crypto taxes 2021: How to pay taxes on cryptocurrency

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Over the past decade, cryptocurrency has slowly but surely become one of the hottest investments on the market. While many people were initially skeptical of crypto’s …

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Slick side hustles for college students

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For most college students, the last thing they want to do after a full day of lectures or a long night of studying is more work. …

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Open house tips for homebuyers

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Your dream house pops up on Zillow alerts, you scour it immediately and confirm it’s just perfect, your pocketknife is ready to carve your initials in …

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Yes, you can increase your productivity. Here’s how

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It’s time to talk productivity! Partners in Fire is all about helping others achieve financial freedom, and for some of us, that means learning how to …

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How early retirement could affect your housing costs

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How to choose a senior living community for a loved one

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Each and every one of life’s milestones can seem daunting at first. Buying a home, starting a family, changing careers, or hanging up the hat and …

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10 top career training programs

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When it comes to getting a secure, well-paying job, it’s not always necessary to get a college degree first. Some students may choose a career training …

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Yes, there’s a ‘hidden’ job market. Here’s how to find it

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You’re probably already familiar with the traditional ways of how to find a job. You use one or more of the many online job boards like …

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The best shopping deals & discounts for April

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April brings not just warm weather and bountiful showers, it brings an abundance of deals. As you think about shopping for the month, expect to save …

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11 smart ways to use your stimulus money

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Our stimulus money just hit our bank account, and wow! Whatever your fears regarding inflation or government overspending, etc., it sure is nice to get some …

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Amazon’s plans for brick-and-mortar grocery stores

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Amazon (AMZN) has been quietly launching a brick-and-mortar grocery store chain over the past year. The first Amazon Fresh location opened in Los Angeles in September. …

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Here’s how much your teen driver could end up costing you

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Adding a young driver to an existing car insurance policy costs much less than purchasing a separate policy or insuring a vehicle for which they’re the …

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A beginner’s guide to Bitcoin

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What does it all mean? Mining. Cryptography. Distributed public ledger. Keys and wallets. HODL, FOMO, and FUD. Cryptocurrency supporters are predicting that their digital currencies will …

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These are the states doing the most with your taxpayer dollars

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Every tax season, it’s hard for many Americans to stomach how high their tax bill is. Although Tax Day has been extended to May 17 this …

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The housing market one year into the pandemic

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A Quick Review It has been just over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic altered innumerable aspects of daily life. Home sales all but dried up …

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College senior tips

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For soon-to-be-grads, the senior year of college is both an end and a new start. Finishing up a university degree can mark the beginning of a …

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11 easy ways to be better at budgeting

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Building a detailed budget is not for everyone. For some, it’s just time-consuming and unnecessary. Though, if you’re reading an article on budgeting tips, I’m assuming …

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Want to get your teen their own debit card? Here are 7 of the best

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From Greenlight to Akimbo, we put in the time and research to bring you the top seven best debit cards for kids in 2021 to help …

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Tax season is open season on taxpayers. Here’s how to protect yourself

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The 2021 tax season may be more scam-ridden than previous years. The Covid-19 pandemic has created an enhanced threat landscape. Specifically, the great migration to remote …

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These are the cities where home refinancing is easiest

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Love pets? Here’s how you can turn that into cash

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Many people face the same problem: They struggle to find an interesting yet profitable activity. It seems that they lack the knowledge to become a sought-after …

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These are the states doing the most with your taxpayer dollars

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Every tax season, it’s hard for many Americans to stomach how high their tax bill is. Although Tax Day has been extended to May 17 this …

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The most expensive luxury home markets in the country

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Following a difficult Spring season, the housing market has finally bounced back, thanks to feverish activity throughout the Summer and the Fall seasons. Prices have not …

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5 investing rules to keep in mind

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It can be difficult trying to learn the rules of investing, because in reality, there are no hard and fast rules. There’s nothing stopping someone from …

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The facts about getting audited

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Filing your taxes can be challenging enough for the average American taxpayer. (Especially if you ended last year owing to some money to Uncle Sam.) But …

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The No. 1 superstition that stops people from buying a home

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Would you buy a home on Elm Street? Or pay extra for a home that had your lucky number attached to the mailbox out front? Turns …

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12 tricky job interview questions & how to answer them

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The new job hunt is hard enough. It’s almost a second job from finding open positions, creating custom resumes, developing a portfolio and cold emailing the hiring manager. Once you’ve …

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Can I take out a personal loan while unemployed?

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As more people face unemployment, it’s important to fully understand the many financial options available. From unemployment to stimulus checks, there are options out there when …

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55 of the most popular products made in America

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It’s a common misconception that few if any products are made in America anymore. While manufacturing has certainly been moved to other countries in recent decades, …

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Should you really be maxing out your 401(k)?

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If you can max out your 401(k), you definitely should, right? Not always. There are a few things (five, to be specific) you should consider before …

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ETF tax efficiency: The advantages over mutual funds

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There’s no denying that exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are popular. According to the New York Stock Exchange’s most recent quarterly ETF report, as of December 31, 2020, there …

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Prepare for tax season

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Typically, by midnight on April 15, taxpayers must e-file or mail their federal and, if applicable, state tax returns for the previous calendar tax year without …

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How do student loans affect your credit score?

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If you have student loan debt, you have plenty of company: nearly 45 million brethren, in fact. One upside of having a student loan is that …

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Feeling overwhelmed? Maybe you need a ‘brain dump’

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Let me paint you a picture. But not a real picture – that’s for the art section. No, a picture in your mind. A brain, a …

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28 ways to make an extra $100 every day

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There are tons of ways to make extra money whether that means getting a second job, taking on a side hustle, creating streams of passive income or looking …

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17 ways to help your kids in college save money

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If you’re a college student, you’re probably paying more in tuition costs than you’ve ever spent in your life. College isn’t cheap, and it takes up …

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Wells Fargo no longer offers private student loans

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In January 2021, Wells Fargo announced that the company was exiting the student loan business and selling and transitioning current loans to a new servicer, Firstmark …

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How to get merit aid for college

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Money for college doesn’t grow on trees. Or does it? Every year, billions of dollars wait to be plucked from the branches by college students seeking …

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How to start a business in 17 steps

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So you’ve decided to take the leap and start a new business. Congratulations! Making that decision might feel risky and overwhelming, but as the saying goes, …

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The controversial way I paid off half my debt in less than a year

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  Yes, you read that headline right. I paid off approximately half of my $53,500 of debt in less than a year! During a pandemic. On …

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Want to ditch your timeshare? Here’s how to do it

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Do you need to know how to get rid of a timeshare? Timeshares are great, right? Well, they’re great until they’re not. Like many owners, your …

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The ‘greenest’ city in every state

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Just in time for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day this year, this award goes to the greenest city in each state – one that epitomizes …

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Tax tips from top tax pros

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It’s safe to say that millions of Americans are breathing a sigh of relief now that the IRS has pushed back the deadline to file your …

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What is a W-2?

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A W-2 is a form filed by an employer that shows compensation paid and amounts withheld from an employee’s paycheck. Compensation includes wages, tips, and other …

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The state of student loans: What borrowers and future borrowers want to know

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President Joe Biden ran his campaign on a platform that included strong student loan reform promises. After he was officially sworn in as the 46th President of the …

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Top 30 states with mortgage foreclosures

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Despite the economic fallout and job loss from the pandemic, the number of U.S. properties with foreclosure filings in February was 11,281, down 77% from last …