How to Maintain Two Homes Efficiently

Many are tempted, but fewer have good ideas starting out how to maintain two homes efficiently. If you’ve ever been tempted to own a second home there are considerations to remember that can help you own and maintain two properties. Before You Buy If you are looking for a second home to purchase and need to buy on a budget, remember that government-backed mortgages such as FHA loans, USDA mortgages,...
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How Does Inflation Affect Purchasing Power?

How Does Inflation Affect Purchasing Power?
How does inflation affect purchasing power? To begin to understand how it works, it helps to know what purchasing power is and how it’s defined. Investopedia defines purchasing power as “the value of a currency expressed in terms of the amount of goods or services that one unit of money can buy.” So when we discuss purchasing power, we aren’t in this context talking about how much money you...
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What Are the Disadvantages of Investing in an Annuity?

disadvantages of an annuity
What are the disadvantages of investing in an annuity? First, let’s examine what we mean by “annuity”. Dividend.com describes annuities saying a customer purchases an annuity plan using a single big payment or smaller sets of contributions. “The financial institution distributes money back to you for a certain time frame, depending on what kind of annuity you purchase. The money you put in...
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How to Spot and Avoid Credit Card Skimmers

Avoid Credit Card Skimmers
Do you know how to spot and avoid credit card skimmers? These devices are responsible for a high amount of credit card and debit card fraud and identity theft; when attached to an ATM or any other card swiper device these skimmers harvest account numbers, PINs, and other data. Many shoppers don’t know they have been the victims of a card skimmer until its’ too late…unless they know what...
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Are You Making These Credit Mistakes?

Credit mistakes
  How many credit mistakes have I made in my life? Plenty. Missed payments, continued missed payments, not monitoring my credit, carrying balances that are too high…fixing all that can feel daunting at first. In fact, it can feel like an unattainable goal but I learned to ignore that feeling and press on. Are you making credit mistakes that can cost you more money than you should be paying?...
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