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May 15, 2023

The Recipe for Financial Freedom

In the world of personal finance, knowledge is power. And you already have the power to become richer than you think. Those were the key messages from nationally syndicated...
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April 14, 2020

Michelle Singletary: Managing Finances During COVID-19 Transcript

Michelle Singeltary Beyond Speaking Podcast Transcript Intro: Welcome to Beyond Speaking with Brian Lord. A podcast featuring deeper conversations with the world's top...
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January 14, 2016

To move forward financially, first face your past

WASHINGTON — At the beginning of the year, we often talk about the new things we want to see happen in our lives. When it comes to your finances, you might promise to save...
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August 20, 2015

College students should master cash before getting a MasterCard

There is a method to what some readers consider my madness. Some people hate that I hate debt. Others disagree when I encourage families not to borrow for college. And, man,...
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August 03, 2015

Are you prepared for the coming retirement storm?

Stop complaining about the demise of pensions, and start preparing. As with a category 5 hurricane, Americans are in for catastrophic problems if we fail to address the looming...
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July 14, 2015

Don't let rental car snafus wreck your vacation.

Like many rental car customers, my husband and I declined the expensive insurance offered at the counter. We knew we were covered through our auto insurance provider....
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July 09, 2015

What will creating financial freedom take? Lots of research, so start here.

In 1966, Margaret McNamara took a bag of used books to four boys she was tutoring in reading in Washington. She allowed each child to keep one, and they were delighted. Her...
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December 08, 2014

Personal Finance Books are the Gift That Keeps Giving

Every year, someone asks me what financial books I recommend as holiday gifts to teach children or young adults about money, to help somebody prepare for retirement — or for...
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Topics:   Finance
December 02, 2014

Gift Cards No Longer Seen as Presents From The Lazy

My husband and I were talking with our children about what they wanted for Christmas. All of them are in their teens, and any pretense of Santa has long been gone. The holiday...
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Topics:   Finance
November 24, 2014

There's Always a Catch With 'No Interest' Offers

We have become a nation charmed by offers that something might be free. Especially when it comes to credit. Let’s look at the offers many consumers will receive as they shop...
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November 14, 2014

Sometimes, It Pays More to Rent Your Roof Than Own It

For as long as I can remember, homeownership has been a home run on the American Dream scorecard. When I graduated from college, my grandmother gave me two choices — live with...
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Topics:   Finance
November 05, 2014

As the Holiday Shopping Season Approaches, Learn to Spend Wisely

We, the anti-consumerists, are losing the battle to curtail the consumerism that drives America, especially during the holiday season. Again this year, major retailers are...
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Topics:   Finance
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