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    Budgeting for Your Honeymoon

    Planning a wedding is full of budgeting. You have to consider venues, food, music, clothing, and so much more. But it doesn't stop there. You also have to prepare for your honeymoon after your big day. There's some important aspects to remember when planning your costs for this, but there are also some tricks to help your budget go farther…

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    Minimum Wage vs. Living Expenses: Texas

    A hot topic among today’s political economic discussion is the minimum wage and whether or not it sufficiently provides Americans with the amount of money needed in order to comfortably live in their state. This edition looks at the Lone Star State to see whether their minimum wage is enough for its residents, and whether or not it can improve.

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    Budgeting for your Big Vacation: The Forgotten Few

    You’ve saved up your money, and you just clicked the “Book It” button for your trip. You may have put in the big bucks, but the budgeting isn’t over. It’s now time to concern yourself with budgeting for expenses on the vacation. Here’s the categories you’ll want to put money away for in the months leading up to the big…

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  • Photo of The 2020 Inflation Adjustment and Your Health Premiums

    The 2020 Inflation Adjustment and Your Health Premiums

    Starting next year, inflation will impact the average monthly health insurance cost and the Medicare premiums 2020 rates. More specifically, even if your income doesn’t change, inflation might diminish your taxable earnings. In turn, you may qualify for lower premiums and tax savings. Having said that, higher health insurance options are also on the table. If your income increases, so…

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    How to Budget This Holiday Season

    The most festive time of the year has rolled around again. Although days and nights are filled with Christmas carols, holiday parties, and delicious food, you may feel a bit overwhelmed with all of the spending that goes hand in hand with the holidays. You have to buy gifts for friends and family members, host parties, and attend celebrations –…

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  • Photo of The Hidden Burden of Sales Taxes

    The Hidden Burden of Sales Taxes

    Imagine that you’re in line at the grocery store. As the cashier rings up the other customers’ items, their total payment and sales taxes show up on the register. Meanwhile, when it is your turn, the checkout employee deducts your taxes or refunds you the amount in cash. If you happen to live in one of the states with no…

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    How Much Emergency Fund Savings Do You Need?

    During Microsoft’s early days, Steve Ballmer presented his growth strategy to Bill Gates. More specifically, Ballmer wanted the company to hire 17 people in order to reach their objectives. Gates, who strongly opposed the idea, said that the expenses associated with hiring new people “would expose [Microsoft] to financial ruin”. Instead, Gates wanted his company to “have enough cash on…

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    Buying Textbooks on a Budget

    Every college freshman is warned about the high cost of textbooks, and they never really get it until they buy their first textbook and have to shell out $150. However, this is actually unavoidable, as you should be able to find options that are less than half the price. Here's how.

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