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SmartyPig $5,000 Race Out of Debt Contest

SmartyPig, the social banking website that allows its customers to get help from friends and family members for achieving their savings goals, is now running a $5,000 “Race Out of Debt” contest from September 14th to September 27th. At the end of the contest, they will choose one lucky winner to receive a cash prize […]

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Repurpose to Reap More Savings

Gone are the days that one can select, train for and keep one job for the entirety of their working life. The reality of today’s job market requires workers to remain flexible, willing to train for and take on new responsibilities as necessary in order to remain employed. Isn’t it time we start taking that […]

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Five Surefire Ways To Boost Your Credit Score

A little while back, I wrote an article titled “Five Surefire Ways To Torpedo Your Credit Rating”. A reader responded saying “Topedoing your score is easy. What are 5 steps you can take to BOOST your credit rating?” Good point! Ruining your credit score IS easy and can be done in a very short period […]

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Holiday Savings Accounts

The leaves have just begun to change color yet before you know it, the winter holiday season will be upon us.  If you’re like most people, as soon as the winter holidays come to an end you forget about them until December of the next year!  This is the main reason why so many families […]

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Don’t Like Your Savings Account Yield? You Have Other Options

The current market environment has definitely not been kind to savers. The Fed has dropped interest rates to near record low levels in order to stimulate the economy. While that’s great news for anybody who may be in the market for a loan, it’s wreaking havoc on anybody looking for a halfway decent yield on […]

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SmartyPig Reverses Course, Cutting Rate to 1.75% APY

In late April, SmartyPig, a social website that lets friends and family members contribute to one’s saving goals, generated quite some buzz in the PF blog community when it raised its savings account rate to 2.15% APY. The reason why the move received so much attention was that SmartyPig did that while other banks were […]

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Home Search Tips

We had a friend, who moved his family from New Hampshire to Virginia last year as we did, come over last weekend. During our chat, he mentioned that they are also looking to buy a house in this area and since they are first-time home buyer, he wanted to see if I can share my […]

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When Is The Right Time To Apply For Social Security?

Social Security has become a bit of a buzz word in the world of finance. Individuals and lawmakers alike spend countless hours trying to figure out how long the 75 year old trust fund will stay afloat and what type of benefits, if any, future retirees can expect to see from the program. While we […]

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