Five Reasons to Have Some Cash Equivalents
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There are at least five reasons to hold cash. Without a good reason to hold cash, you may be holding too much.

Investing 101: Things to Think About Before You Invest
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With a little preparation, you can save and invest over your lifetime to meet your financial goals and dreams.

Radio: Budgeting Benefits
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Having a budget as a boundary for your spending gives you the freedom to work within that boundary, and keeps you on track to save for your goals.

What To Do With That First Paycheck
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You probably know that you should spend less than you earn, but that is only part of the equation.

How to Pay Off Student Loans While Building Wealth
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While your student loans may be a daunting sum, it is still possible to build wealth even while paying off student debt.

Family Budgeting
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If a budget isn’t a team effort, one member of the family will hold the purse strings and everyone else will be resentful.

Guidelines for Using Margin
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Too much leverage is risky because it endangers meeting your goals.

Inflation Illustrated
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We tracked the price of a first class stamp over the last 130 years, noting the changes, to show the steady erosion in buying power during that time.

A Year of Financially Healthy Habits
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It is the season of spring cleaning, so here’s a calendar of ways to clean up your finances one step at a time.

Streamline Your Finances with Schwab Checking
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This Schwab checking account provides six impressive services not true for most local banks.

Reasons to Keep a Local Bank Account
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Investment brokers like Schwab offer many services local banks offer but there are a few reasons why you might want to resist consolidating all of your accounts to a broker.

Millionaire Lifestyle: Drink Sodas at Home, Not Out
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Changing where you drink soda is a small step, but enough small steps can make a huge difference in your savings.

Radio: Financial Planning for Buying a Home
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David John Marotta was interviewed on WINA’s “Real Estate Matters” show with Michael Guthrie, talking about how it is still a good time to buy a house.

Should I Buy Commercial Real Estate?
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Here is a simple way to think about commercial property.

Radio Interview: Financial Gift Giving
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David John Marotta was interviewed recently on radio 1070 WINA’s Schilling Show discussing financial Christmas gifts.

Mailbag: How Much Cash Should I Keep For An Emergency?
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Being prepared is always a good idea, but so is knowing the costs associated with being prepared.

Financial Christmas Gift Ideas
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Financial Christmas gifts don’t need to be a piggy bank. They can be more serious and more meaningful than that.

Financial Advisors’ New Patron Saint Just Cut From the Detroit Lions
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When Ryan Broyles scored a $3.6 million dollar contract after being drafted in the first round he did something quite rare – he sought as much advice as he could find.

How to Convert Taxable Savings Into Your Roth IRA
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Most tax professionals don’t think of such tax planning opportunities, because they have to focus on complying with tax accounting regulations.

How to Save for Large Fast-Approaching Expenses
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The average married couple has dreams of multiple children, annual vacations, and homeownership, but planning for these expenses can be challenging.

How to Get Out of Debt: Summary
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This is a visual summary of the process of getting out of debt.

How Quickly Should I Pay My Student Loans?
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For those who do not want to be investors, a fast-track repayment may be best. But for those willing to save and invest, there is a better option.

How to Get Out of Debt: Rebuild
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You have laid a good foundation: you are out of debt (or out of bad debt) and you’re ready for a clean start. Commit to keeping your financial life that way.

The Complete Guide to Automating Your Savings
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After automating your entire investment plan, you can save and invest without even having to watch.

How to Get Out of Debt: Monitor and Adjust
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Real life rarely goes according to plan. Set aside time periodically to assess your progress.

How to Get Out of Debt: Implement Your Plan
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Now that you know where you are headed and the steps you want to take to get out of debt, it is time to take action!

How to Get Out of Debt: Make a Plan
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To get out of debt, you need an emergency cushion, a budget, and a plan of attack.

How to Get Out of Debt: Assess Your Situation
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Make a list of all your debt and figure out where your money is going every month.

How to Get Out of Debt: Recognize the Problem
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Most people are comfortable with having some debt (like a mortgage, for example). But how much is too much?

Free eBooks for Lovers of Classic Literature
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If you’re not wedded to the idea of owning a hard copy, there are many options to find classics for free as ebooks.

Best Credit Card for 2015
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We are not normally fans of credit card offerings, but this one might be worth using as your primary card.

How Do I Structure My Accounts for Automatic Savings?
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Often the needs and wants of the present take our attention at the expense of the future. You want a system that will prioritize saving without needing your constant attention.

Three Reasons To Engage In Gift Giving
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The new holiday cliché is to complain about hyper-materialism, but gifts and gift giving help shape our identities.

Understanding Cash Flow Is Critical
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Regardless of income level, overspending causes poverty.

Stop Borrowing From Yourself
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Stop borrowing from your future self. Each day you fail to save is another day where you tighten the ball and chain around your ankle. You deserve better than that.

The Economics of a Thanksgiving Turkey
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The average factory-farmed frozen turkey from a grocery story is sold for as little as $0.67 per pound. Economics can offer five explanations.

Five Principles Of Spending
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How to judge if your money was well spent.

The Benefits of Saving and Investing Early
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Any money you put away and invest now will have the longest time to grow, due to the magic (or actually, the mathematics) of compound interest.

Should You Ditch Your Budget?
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Could this scheme from Mr. Money Mustache change your budgeting strategy?

Helpful Mobile Budgeting Tool Free For College Students
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The good people at You Need A Budget (YNAB) have made their budgeting solution free for college students; including part-time students.

Budgeting Lite
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With less than two minutes a day and a smartphone, Budgeting Lite will help you become more mindful about your spending and regain a sense of control over your finances.

Opening A Brokerage Account
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Opening an account is the first step in getting started in investing.

Money Management Lessons From a Relay Race
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Money meditations from the finish line.

Get Out Of Debt
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Getting out of debt is the first step to building real wealth.

What Charles Dickens Can Teach Us About Personal Finance
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My article, What Charles Dickens Can Teach Us About Personal Finance was recently featured on Yahoo Finance. Another title I considered for this article was The Micawber Principle: The Cornerstone of Financial Security.

The Complete Guide to Your Washing Machine
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The complete guide to saving money while washing your clothes. What temperature should the water be? What cycle should I use? What detergent should I use?

Budget? What Budget?
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Even if you just have an idea of where your money is going, you should still have a very good idea.

Useful Things You Can Do In 15-Minutes or Less
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How much can you save in 15-minutes? Ready. Set….

Financial Bucket List
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Some people have bucket lists with things like “Travel to Paris,” and “go skydiving,” but I have a bucket list of financial things to do.

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