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Money Sense March Podcast – Tax Day Coming

We’re about a month away from Tax Day (April 15th), and Duane Emmel from Village Family Services want to help you be ready not only for this Tax Day, but future ones, as well.   You can also check out Duane’s latest newsletter: Mar14MoneySense If you have further questions, why not email Duane.…

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Read now before filing: Top 5 tax mistakes that cost you

There are only a few weeks left to file taxes and many of us are worried about making mistakes when filing. A miscalculation here, a forgotten signature there and BAM! It could delay your refund, cost you a penalty or result in paying the government more than your fair share. Don’t let that happen to you. Take time now to avoid these…

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Performing a cash flow analysis

Do you know how much money you make or know where all of your money goes? You may have a general idea, but it’s important to know how much money you make and how you spend that money with more specificity. A cash flow analysis can help you track this information. This is a financial exercise that records your income and expenses over…

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Maximizing your federal tax refund

Tax season is upon us and with it many questions of whether or not we’re “doing it right.” Deductions, credits, receipts, forms…you don’t need to be a tax attorney to know that it can sometimes get confusing. One of the most common questions is how to maximize your federal tax refund. Below, we’ve outlined one possible…

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Don’t let money fights TKO your marriage

As I contemplated hiding my new, had-to-have riding boots from my husband (until the time was “right” to tell him about my mini-shopping-spree), I had second thoughts. While there were times we didn’t see eye-to-eye about money, experience taught us that if we avoided the issue, it only made things worse. I recently learned…

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Money Sense: Defeat Your Debt

American households have incurred more debt than at any time in history. In our monthly podcast, Duanne Emmel of The Village Financial Resource Center and I talk about the ideas for defeating debt, inspired by the book “The Overload Syndrome” by Richard Swenson. Money Sense February 2014 – Defeating Your Debt…

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Moms: What are you worth?

Attention stay-at-home moms (or dads): If you’re earning a six-figure salary, please raise your hand. Anyone …?… You might ask, “How do you place a value on being a mom and the ‘super-powers’ that come with the job?” Like healing a skinned knee with a kiss and a cookie. Or creating a parallel universe to watch a soccer game

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Common retirement planning mistakes

While we can learn a lot from our own mistakes, we can learn from the mistakes of others, too — this is true in life and true in retirement planning as well. Below are three common retirement-planning mistakes that you can learn from as you prepare for your own retirement. Not saving earlier Starting to save for retirement earlier…

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