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Creating Your Financial Picture

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During last week’s episode of the “CentsAble Chat” podcast, we discussed finding the “why” behind your financial New Year’s resolutions – and thinking through what it would take to reach your …

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Emergency Savings

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In 2017, we sadly watched hurricanes and wildfires devastate many areas of the country and mourned for those who lost their lives. It’s an experience many of us will never …

Building Your Financial Foundation

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What is a financial foundation? It’s built from pockets of money earmarked for things that, if left unplanned, could cause you to “shake” or “crumble.” Think of your home, if …

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Goal Setting

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After budgeting, this is the next step in financial planning. Really, it’s the same as trying to drive somewhere you’ve never been, without a map. How do you expect to …

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Expanding Your Budget

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Once I got used to creating and sticking to my super simple budget, things got much better! Debts started to dwindle, my credit score got better (which allowed me to …