One of my greatest role models for how to be “Atypical” with your money is Mr. Milton S. Hershey, the founder of The Hershey Company. He was truly a forward thinking entrepreneur and really wanted to bless people with his money. Milton Hershey was born in 1857 to Henry and Veronica “Fanny” Hershey on a......
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A while back, my wife and I had a “little” problem in our home. We had some mice. Not a mouse…mice…as in more than one, which I guess is normal. It was dirty and annoying! Looking back on the situation, it gave me some valuable lessons in personal finance that I will never forget. I’m......
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Making mistakes while budgeting is a common thing, even for people who have been managing their money for a while. Even financial “gurus” like Dave Ramsey or Suze Orman have made plenty of budgeting mistakes over the course of their lives. Some of these mistakes can include, obvious things like not budgeting for yearly items......
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For many Americans, debt is a fact of life, particularly if you have a college or graduate school degree. From student loan debt to mortgages to car loans to credit card debt, there are numerous types of debt that you may find yourself in — any of which may have a high-interest rate. The question then becomes when you should take the next step of refinancing that debt in order to reduce your interest rate....
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Predicting the future—something many people try and do from your average person, stock market gurus, and all the way up to Presidents and country leaders. Predicting the future generally rides on educated guesses. But did you know your finances can help you predict the future? A lot of complaints I hear about saving for retirement (including from myself) surround the uncertainty of the future. I hear things like “you aren’t guaranteed tomorrow” or “there might be another stock market crash.” While these complaints are completely understandable, they really shouldn’t be anything to worry about....
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This week, I've got a guest post from Donald Weber! Attending college is expensive — a fact that I have learned first-hand, like many other students. My parents have saved throughout my life to help me get a degree, yet the rising cost of tuition means that I still have to take out loans. But in order to get the best possible start in life after graduation, I have worked hard to minimize my student loan debt. Read on to learn my strategies, and join me in reducing student loans....
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I think we’ve all heard the saying that “money doesn’t grow on trees.” This phrase was commonplace when I was growing up both in, and even more so, outside the home. That’s why I was so intrigued when I was approached to review “It is Only Money and It Grows on Trees!” by Cara MacMillan. The title is captivating and makes you wonder just what Cara has up her sleeve....
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  • Personal Finance Lessons I Learned From Mowing My Lawn
This post first appeared on VTX Capital. Have you ever mowed a lawn before? Do you mow one now? How about when you were younger? With a wife and two little girls in the house, sometimes I go out and mow the lawn whether it needs it or not!  All joking aside, it’s nice to......
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There have been times in my adult life where I’ve been kind of burnt out managing my money. For the most part, I love budgeting and looking over my money almost all the time. There are times, though, that I just don’t want to do it. I don’t feel like entering in my receipts. I......
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Life has an unfortunate way of spinning out of control. Certain areas fall by the wayside and some areas are brought to the forefront of our attention whether we want them there or not. There are things like sudden health issues like cancer, a divorce, having a child, or losing a job that can really......
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