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Guard your wallet as well as your heart: Romance scams

Posted 2/14/2019

FEB 12, 2018 for the CFPB

Judging by the flowers, stuffed animals, and chocolates on store shelves, Valentine’s Day is upon us. If you or your friends and family members are looking for romance, make sure to be choosy about that next sweetheart because anyone can become a victim of a romance scam. Perhaps your friend meets someone new and they both seem smitten quickly. After a few weeks, the new darling asks your friend to loan them money or wants control over your friend’s bank account. And that’s when you realize that your friend has fallen for a scam instead of a new love. These scams happen when a new love pretends to be interested in you as a way to get your money. In fact, they may not even be who they say they are. 

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I make more money but I'm still broke? What is Parkinson's Law and how can I break it?!

Posted 8/31/2018

So here's the thing, you recently got a raise, or you've secured a new job that is paying more, you graduated recently and your working full time, you got married to the love of your life and the joint income is more than you've ever made on your own, but wait... all this extra money and... your still broke? Hopefully sooner rather than later you ask yourself, "what am I doing wrong?" or "what can I do better?"

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Take back your life with Money Mastery... (pun intended)

Posted 6/1/2018

The problem so many of us have today is that we have grown too comfortable using credit as an extension of our income. This debt driven lifestyle leads us to work constantly for our creditors rather than for ourselves. Not too long ago, if we wanted something for ourselves or our family, we'd have to defer gratification and save for it. While instant gratification is nice, if you aren't careful, you'll overextend yourself. Once overextended you begin carrying a debt balance month over month, and the longer you take to pay back the money you've borrowed with the help of your trusty Visa, Master Card, American Express, or Discover, the more you pay for everything you've purchased. All the sudden you are paying way too much for EVERYTHING!

This is a wonderful article to put this into perspective. The name says it all: How Many Times Have You Paid $47 for a Hamburger? You might be surprised...

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Why?

Posted 3/26/2018

One of the most interesting things I've encouraged people to consider, is a concept realized long before it was known by me, a concept so insightful you might wonder how it may never have been obvious before today. The understanding of your "Why". 

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Credit building is character building?

Posted 3/20/2018

Credit, in today's economy, is an important part of your financial power. Even for those of you with the most proficient budgeting skills, there is a need for a healthy credit profile. And not just because it is nearly impossible for most to plan for every possible financial surprise, but for the fact that our respect of credit, or lent money, has become an extension of our character. 

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