5 Ways to Protect Your Financial Independence

The following post is from Christina of Northern Cheapskate: I know that when I hear the phrase "Celebrate Independence Day," I'm supposed to conjure up visions parades, fireworks, and our the forefathers declaring independence from Great Britain way back in 1776. But celebrating independence has come to mean much more to me now that we're debt…

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The $1,000 Emergency Fund Is Just a Start

The following post is from Christina of Northern Cheapskate: If you have ever read anything by Dave Ramsey (of Financial Peace University and the Total Money Makeover), then you may be familiar with his Seven Baby Steps to Financial Peace. The first step is to establish a $1,000 emergency fund.   The idea behind this step is…

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How Much Do You Really Need to Retire?

"People with plans achieve far more than people without plans. Successful businesses follow business plans. We even prepare written plans for after we are dead. So, it only makes sense that we should apply the same forethought and planning to our lives.” ~Stefan Wissenbach, financial strategist and founder of MagicNumber.com One of my goals for…

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Choosing (and Paying for) Summer Activities for the Kids

The following post is from Christina of Northern Cheapskate: As the school year winds down, many parents' thoughts turn to one question: What will I do with the kids home all summer? From sports to camps to family vacations, there are plenty of activities available to keep your kids busy.  But how do you decide?  And…

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