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Simple Living: A Life With Less Stuff

Human beings are like magpies. You see something shiny and you want to buy it. Buying new, shiny things gives a buzz of excitement, an immediate gratification. But the thrill is short lived. Soon your proud new purchase becomes just another barely-used item taking up space in your house. In today’s demanding world of high-pressure […]

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controlling renovation costs

Controlling Renovation Costs: Stay in Place or Move Out Temporarily?

Planning a major renovation can be the ideal way to improve your home. You might be considering remodeling the kitchen or bathroom. Perhaps you’re thinking about adding additional rooms to expand your living space.   Regardless of the type of renovation project you’re planning, the question of whether to stay in the home or move […]

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saving vs borrowing

Saving vs Borrowing for a Major Purchase

Neither a borrower nor a lender be goes the ancient proverb. In an ideal world most of us probably would rather not borrow, but the reality is that some purchases just seem to require it, particularly the larger ones. If you were brought up on such ideas as ‘you shouldn’t buy what you can’t afford,’ […]

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Investing

Indices, Shares, and Forex: When to Invest in Each

  Conservative investment theory encourages new investors to be as diversified as possible, often through index mutual funds and ETFs which represent entire markets – thousands of companies represented by each. On the other hand, this is not a very good way to make money quickly. Index funds grow with the speed of glacial migration. […]

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student loan debt

5 Strategies for Managing Student Loan Debt After Graduation

Graduating students who have taken out student loans are often in for a bit of a surprise soon after graduation. Reality starts to sink in once you receive your first student loan bill in the mail. The average amount of student loan debt is in the $33,000 range and 1 in 5 students graduate owing […]

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euro fall

Will the Euro Fall to Dollar Parity in 2017?

As we head into 2017, the Euro is on track to fall to US Dollar parity for the first time in over 14 years. Over the last year, trust in the EU has fallen sharply amid weak recovery and changing political leadership. A general reluctance to acknowledge that the entire Euro currency is now increasingly […]

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