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Taking a Loan from Your  401(k): Pros and Cons
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Taking a Loan from Your 401(k): Pros and Cons

For many people, their largest financial asset is their retirement savings. The average 30-39 year-old has $42,400 in their 401(k) account while the average 40-49 year old has $102,700 saved (Fidelity Investments; Q1 2019). That’s no chump change, and sometimes those funds need to be tapped into. However, when it comes to taking a loan…

Why We Chose to be Debt Free Before Buying a House
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Why We Chose to be Debt Free Before Buying a House

  This post was written by Kaila of Successfully Simple Sisters. Successfully Simple Sisters is run by Kaila and Eryn, twin sisters living in the Midwest. In the last 4 years, they’ve paid off $225,000+ of debt and began personal journeys toward financial freedom.      A year ago, my husband and I became debt…

How To Calculate Your Net Worth
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How To Calculate Your Net Worth

Keeping a pulse on your overall financial health is important to stay on track with your goals. Calculating your net worth is a great way to get a snapshot of where your overall finances stand. What is Net Worth? To put it simply, your net worth is the sum of all your financials assets (everything…

What is the FIRE movement?
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What is the FIRE movement?

It’s in the news. From MarketWatch, to CNBC, to CBS, to The Guardian, to the hundreds of people blogging about it, the FIRE movement has been gaining traction and mainstream attention recently. But what exactly is it? And is it something that you should care about? Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE) The Financial Independence Retire…

6 Things You Will Learn After Buying Your First Home
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6 Things You Will Learn After Buying Your First Home

Buying your first home is sort of like having a baby. You have a general idea of what it’s going to be like, but you don’t really “get it” until you do it. Let us unlock some of those mysteries associated with buying your first home. To find out what it’s like to have a…

How College Students Can Start Investing
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How College Students Can Start Investing

You’re in college, investing for the future is probably the last thing on your mind. That’s fair. Most college students don’t have much money and want to spend the little they have on enjoying their prime years. But what if we told you that 1) your prime years are ahead of you–believe me, it gets…

The top 5 money issues married couples face (and how to avoid them)
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The top 5 money issues married couples face (and how to avoid them)

They say money can’t buy you love, but it can cause stress in a marriage if you and your partner don’t talk about finances regularly.  Nearly one-in-three (30%) couples say finances cause the most stress in their relationship, followed distantly by intimacy (11%), their children (9%) and their in-laws (4%). One would think that couples…