Underwater Car Loan?

Jan 23, 2017 by

Will the boom in subprime auto lending turn into another economic meltdown?

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Top 10 Posts 2016!

Jan 18, 2017 by

What did visitors to Money Counselor read most in 2016?

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Happy Anniversary to Us!

Jan 2, 2017 by

On our 20th wedding anniversary, twenty reasons I’m happy and grateful to share a marriage with Ms. Money Counselor.

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Why the Trump Bump?

Dec 27, 2016 by

The S&P 500 is up 5.8% since U.S. Election Day. Do investors love Trump so much, or might the reasons for the stock price run-up be a bit more complex?

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Benefits of Debt Freedom

Dec 8, 2016 by

Ms. Money Counselor and I have been debt free for nearly 15 years now. Here’s what’s been most wonderful about it.

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Bonds’ Trump Thump

Nov 21, 2016 by

Bonds lost over $1 trillion in value on November 9-10. How has Trump’s surprise victory affected your investments?

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Building a Better Portfolio

Nov 17, 2016 by

Suggestions here from Joseph Hogue, CFA, on how to build a better investment portfolio—crucial to a secure retirement!

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Our Dividend Portfolio

Nov 15, 2016 by

Revealed for the first time: Ms. Money Counselor’s and my dividend-paying stock portfolio! Yes, we do own stocks!

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Car Lease? Just Say No.

Nov 10, 2016 by

Should you lease or buy your next vehicle? Here’s the argument for buying.

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Trump, Clinton, and Your Money

Nov 7, 2016 by

Will you be better off financially if Trump or Clinton is elected tomorrow? My take here!

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Mortgage Help Deadline Near

Oct 12, 2016 by

If you’re behind on a mortgage or struggling to make payments, please read this. Help is available, but only until December 30!

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Dealspotr Review

Oct 3, 2016 by

Dealspotr: save serious money on stuff you buy, and earn money by sharing deals you discover with others and through spotting potentially hot deals. Too good to be true? Nope!

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Why the 4% Rule Fails

Sep 15, 2016 by

Want to go back to work in your 70s or 80s? Here’s how following the 4% rule can easily lead to retirement financial disaster.

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Dealing with Debt Collectors

Sep 6, 2016 by

Debt collector on your case? Here’s a quick video summary of the activities debt collectors are NOT allowed to do, by law, but often do anyway. You can and should fight back if a debt collector is a law-breaker!

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Review: The Budget Kit

Aug 22, 2016 by

Are you ready to get serious about reaching your money goals? Then here’s a great tool to jump start your campaign.

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Your Worst Financial Habit?

Aug 1, 2016 by

We are creatures of habit. But in the case of cash, bad habits can cost us money and postpone retirement. Which bad financial habit would you most like to break?

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Why Pay ATM Fees?

Jul 25, 2016 by

I invite you to explain to me why anyone would choose to pay a fee to access their own money when they don’t have to. Please.

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Are Loan Co-Signers Saps?

Jul 12, 2016 by

When your young adult kid or brother asks for help getting credit, it’s hard to say “no.” What’s the worst that can happen when you co-sign a loan?

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Money Start-Up Guide

Jul 5, 2016 by

Your education is complete, and you’re just starting in the working world. Here are the essentials for launching your personal finance “career.”

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Save Money With LEDs!

Jun 22, 2016 by

Here’s a sales pitch on converting your home to LED lighting. And no I’m not getting into the LED business. 🙂

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Diamonds and Dogs #27

Jun 13, 2016 by

I share my latest picks for three pieces of online content with the power to help you make better money choices (the Diamonds), and one that can put the bite on you (the Dog).

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Cheap Summer Fun

Jun 6, 2016 by

A fun-filled and memorable summer doesn’t have to cost a lot! Check these ideas for having a blast on a budget.

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Facebook Your Net Worth

May 31, 2016 by

Many readers have been inspired by my last post to make public on Facebook their net worth statements. But they’re unsure how to create a net worth statement. Here’s how!

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Beating the Joneses

May 23, 2016 by

Post on Facebook your net worth statement if you really want to save more.

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