Friday October 31, 2014
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Friday October 31, 2014

Contributors: Business - Making Cents

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    Monday Oct 13, 2014 | 9:13 pm

    Classic advice for life. And it’s pretty good for your finances, too.

    A quick diversion before I get to today’s main topic. I just read two great articles about the cost of higher education, and I recommend a look. One is right here in the current PPH Sunday Edition, and the other is in The Rival, an online publication produced by students at George Washington University. The article, written by one of my former students, focuses more specifically on the finances of […]

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    Sunday Oct 05, 2014 | 8:30 pm

    Car insurance – the end. For now.

    OK, part 3 of 3 dedicated to auto insurance.  The marketing has worn you down, and you are ready to evaluate your car insurance. There are many things to consider, and it can get a little overwhelming. My Rule: Don’t limit yourself to 15 minutes. Your goal might be to cut costs, or to just evaluate your coverage. Either way, you’ll get what you pay for – in this case […]

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    Sunday Sep 21, 2014 | 8:53 pm

    Auto insurance – the sequel

    Something weird happened after last week’s post. It seems that I am now hearing even more ads for car insurance than I did before.  I’m assuming that it’s because after writing that entry it’s just on my mind and I’ve simply noticed them more. But I’m not certain of that. I feel like I am hearing or seeing 50 ads/day now. I even heard one of my 6thgraders cry out, […]

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    Sunday Sep 14, 2014 | 8:37 pm

    A few minutes of reading about car insurance could…

    I’m going to dedicate the couple of posts to auto insurance. The first one more geared toward the industry in general (advertising, market share, etc.) and the next one (or maybe two) will look more at details such as parts of the policy, cautions about switching companies, etc. Car insurance. Can’t stand it, can’t not have it. Unless you live in New Hampshire – as far as I can tell […]

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    Monday Sep 01, 2014 | 2:26 pm

    Put some work into your budget this Labor Day

    Labor Day is here and along with it comes the onslaught from our consumer society. Sales! Deals! Bigger Deals! HUGE DEALS! SAVINGS! Yuck. This seems like a good time to hold onto your wallet. That’s part of a phrase I tell my students every year. I tell them that the more enthusiastic the sales pitch, or when someone offers something for free, simply hold on to your wallet, look the […]

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    Sunday Aug 24, 2014 | 6:45 pm

    Your credit score may have just gone up – and that’s not necessarily a good thing.

    Most of our recent, collective financial attention has been focused on the stock market, with the housing and job markets, and the economy as a whole coming in second place and beyond, respectively. Lost among the personal finance news of the summer was the recent change to the FICO credit score scoring system. The change in the system probably won’t mean very much to most Americans in the long run, […]

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    Sunday Jul 27, 2014 | 9:03 pm

    Oh, You Crazy Stock Market, You

    The performance of the stock market is now part of our daily conversations.  This is partly due to increased media coverage over the years and partly because more of us have (or at least feel like we have) a stake in the markets.  And now with the DJIA and other indices reaching all time highs, the big question is “Will it continue?”  This is complimented by related questions such as […]

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    Sunday Jul 06, 2014 | 8:52 pm

    Student loan rates change, but principles of borrowing remain the same

    Did you like the little play on words in the title?  I love how the English language provides those opportunities.  The principal was lecturing the students on the principles of principal and interest. July 1st brought some changes to federal student loan programs.  The headlines announcing these changes range from virtually non-existent to telling us how great the changes are to telling us how bad the changes are.  Like with […]

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    Sunday Jun 22, 2014 | 8:01 pm

    Refinancing? Try reducing the length of the loan

    Over the last six months of doing this blog, I’ve used examples of mistakes I’ve made with money. Using store credit cards, living in the monthly payment mindset, latte addiction, borrowing for cars, and failing to start a savings program when I was younger are just a few from the list. Yes, there are more. Oh no, I’ve gone and made myself depressed. It’s ok, though, I have just the […]

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