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Plug It In, Turn It On, Check It Out:  Here Come Smart Home Products

Plug It In, Turn It On, Check It Out: Here Come Smart Home Products

From the knowledge in your head to the products in your home, smarter is better, right? Well, one thing’s for sure—more smart home products are are making inroads into our homes these days. A smart home device, according to Carley Knobloch, smart home expert for HGTV, is connected in some way via Wi-Fi or similar technology to other things in the home. And in ...

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Gear Shift: New Views on the Best Time of Year to Buy a Car
July 21, 2017

Gear Shift: New Views on the Best Time of Year to Buy a Car

Got your eye on a new roadster to celebrate the emptying of the nest? Or maybe your growing family is in need of a new SUV? Better wait until the end of the month to ...

Decided to Stop Renting and Buy a House? Time to Start Saving
July 14, 2017

Decided to Stop Renting and Buy a House? Time to Start Saving

In a recent article, we considered the decision of whether to buy a home or continue renting. The answer may partly depend upon how much value you place on stability and planting roots versus flexibility and mobility. Buying a ...

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So You Want to Buy a Home. What Will It Really Cost?
July 7, 2017

So You Want to Buy a Home. What Will It Really Cost?

Buying a house is usually the biggest purchase you’ll make. Not only is it an investment, but it’s also where you live, and buying the right place can bring both financial ...

Building Better Credit: Borrowing Wisely to Get Good Debt
June 30, 2017

Building Better Credit: Borrowing Wisely to Get Good Debt

Debt can be an albatross if used thoughtlessly, and high debt levels hamper many Americans. But debt in and of itself is not necessarily a bad thing. It’s how a person ...

Rent or Buy? Assessing Your Housing Alternatives
June 23, 2017

Rent or Buy? Assessing Your Housing Alternatives

Home ownership in the U.S. is at nearly 64%, according to a Census Bureau report released in April. While rates have fluctuated around the mid-60% range for ...

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Indulge Dad’s Inner Foodie with High-Tech Home Hobbyist Gear
June 16, 2017

Indulge Dad’s Inner Foodie with High-Tech Home Hobbyist Gear

If there’s a dad in your life who likes the whole craft food trend, or has a thing for cool technology, new gadgets for the home hobbyist might be a fun gift this year. DIY ...

Is the Activewear Apparel Market Getting Bent Out of Shape?
June 9, 2017

Is the Activewear Apparel Market Getting Bent Out of Shape?

Once the darling of the apparel sector, the retail activewear segment may be showing some signs of fatigue. Sports apparel makers like Nike ...

How Working Women Can Harness Their Financial Power
June 2, 2017

How Working Women Can Harness Their Financial Power

Have you ever taken a second to reflect on the achievements of women and their evolutionary roles in society? I’ve been particularly interested in ...

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Survey Says: Financial Tips I Wish I Knew When I Graduated College
June 1, 2017

Survey Says: Financial Tips I Wish I Knew When I Graduated College

A little hindsight is always useful, but for college students, getting money advice now can go a long way toward their financial future. A “Young Money ...

Where to Get More Bang for Your Buck on Vacation This Year
May 26, 2017

Where to Get More Bang for Your Buck on Vacation This Year

Haven’t planned your vacation yet? If you need inspiration, look at where your dollar will go further and plan an international destination. The dollar is stronger ...

Taboo Topic: 4 Reasons It's Hard to Talk About Money
May 19, 2017

Taboo Topic: 4 Reasons It's Hard to Talk About Money

Money talk. Sure, you might talk in generalities about the stock market rally, taxes, or the spiraling costs of college and health care but, when it comes to your own ...

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Got Teens? Time to Teach Good Money Habits
May 12, 2017

Got Teens? Time to Teach Good Money Habits

Good money habits are an essential life skill, and parents can start explaining financial lessons with their teenagers. In addition to teaching kids the importance of saving ...

Family and Finances: The Working Mom Balancing and Saving Act
May 5, 2017

Family and Finances: The Working Mom Balancing and Saving Act

As a mom, you aren't just involved with keeping the family on track and managing the household’s calendar of events. Often, mom is also in charge of the family budget.

After Tax Day: Tips to Help Make Next Year’s Taxes Go Smoother
April 25, 2017

After Tax Day: Tips to Help Make Next Year’s Taxes Go Smoother

The April 18 filing deadline has come and gone. How did it go? Did you file a month ago, or did you scramble to finish by 11:59 p.m. that night? Or, worse yet, did you ...

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Taking a Spirited Look at the Booze Industry? Here are a Few Thoughts
April 21, 2017

Taking a Spirited Look at the Booze Industry? Here are a Few Thoughts

You might kick back with a drink on Friday afternoon or take part in a happy hour special, but perhaps you should consider distilling a bit of information about the booze ...

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