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8 financial decisions you’ll never regret

Wisebread.com and Dan Rafter •
Kiplinger

A new year is here. And even if you’ve already broken the resolutions you made at the end of the holiday season, it’s never too late to make new ones, especially when it comes to your finances. Here are eight financial decisions you can make now that you’ll never regret. Make the moves on this

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4 ways to teach children about money

RFC, Eric Mattinson, Investment Adviser Representative, and Semmax Financial Group Inc. •
Kiplinger

A bit of inspired forward thinking by my grandfather sparked my interest in the financial services field and stayed with me into adulthood, even leading to a career. He gave me my first subscription to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine when I was a boy. He also bought mutual funds for my brother and me, figuring

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Don’t let debt destroy your retirement plans

CSA®, Founder, Blackston Financial Advisory Group, David Blackston, RFC®, and CEP® •
Kiplinger

People come to my office expecting to talk about making and saving money. But more and more lately, the conversations we have are about their need to get out of debt. I’m starting to see a trend of retirees, people in their early 60s and even mid-70s, who are in debt up to their eyeballs.

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Business credit score basics

John Ulzheimer •
The Simple Dollar

If you’re a business owner, especially a small business owner, there are likely many concerns that occupy your mind on a day-to-day basis. Business owners wear many hats, so you may be used to handling payroll, figuring out your taxes, managing employees, dealing with customers, fussing with inventory, and a host of other daily activities. However,

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High protein, low budget

Trent Hamm •
The Simple Dollar

Daniel writes in with one of those reader mailbag questions that had an answer that kept growing and growing and growing until it became clear that it deserved an article of its own. Here’s the question: Hi! Struggling a bit with changing around my food budget and thought you might help. I have a “side

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This couple’s formula for financial success: Be flexible

Kimberly Lankford, Contributing Editor, and Kiplinger's Personal Finance •
Kiplinger

Then: Breighanne and Devon Eggert appeared in our December 2007 issue, when they were recent law-school graduates with $350,000 in student loans. They both landed jobs at Chicago law firms that paid well, and they continued to live like students, devoting more than half of their take-home pay to loan payments. Their plan was to

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