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How to earn a gold medal with your finances

InvestorPlace.com and Jeff Reeves •
Kiplinger

At the Rio Olympics, the U.S. is dominating the medal counts in sports from women’s gymnastics to men’s swimming. However, while we may lead the world in many athletic contests, the sad reality is that some Americans are at the back of the field when it comes to their finances. We are a nation that

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8 things you should never buy at Dollar Stores

Kiplinger.com, Online Editor, and Bob Niedt •
Kiplinger

A $1 price tag doesn’t make an item a bargain. If you find yourself filling your basket with dollar-store buys that you never use because the quality is poor or the brand is unfamiliar, then you’re simply wasting money. Hey, a buck is a buck – and they add up over time. “One of my

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First home was their vacation home

ALISON BOWEN •
Chicago Tribune

Mary McCarthy wasn’t sure she wanted to buy a condo in Old Town. While considering a change from renting to owning, she loved her apartment but remembers thinking, “What I want at 29 is probably not what I want at 35.” But what was she sure wouldn’t change? Her lifelong goal to be able to

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Here’s the budget of a 29-year-old who’s almost done paying over $100,000 of student loans

Business Insider •
Business Insider

In 2013, Jessica Elberfeld got mad. The now 29-year-old had been slowly paying off over $113,000 of public and private student loans since graduating in 2009, at the same slow pace she saw reflected in her peers. Elberfeld had graduated and immediately been hired in the music industry in Nashville, Tennessee. But to make ends

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5 free apps to help you control your finances

CFP®, Blue Ocean Global Wealth, Marguerita M. Cheng, and CEO •
Kiplinger

In a not-so-distant past, people tracked their personal finances by saving every single receipt and painstakingly balancing a checkbook. Technology has evolved over the decades, and now financial help is literally at our fingertips. Here are five apps I recommend to get your financial life in order: 1. Mint You can sign up and use

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