Lifestyle Choices to Ensure Long-Term Financial Security

Building financial security is all about finding that balance between planning for the future and living a comfortable lifestyle today. It’s never too late to turn your financial health around and the more committed to a healthy financial…

Savings Part 2: Enjoying the Savings Journey

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Enjoying the Savings Journey, One Dollar at a Time I used to get very discouraged with my savings account. As soon as I managed to save $100, some emergency would come up that depleted the balance to zero again.  I knew I wanted to save 3-6…
Budgeting for Savings

Savings Part 1: Budgeting for Savings

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Budgeting for Savings There’s a line item in my budget that I’ve always struggled with – savings.  This should be the easiest line item because it’s my money that I am putting away for myself. But I can’t tell you how many times…
CCCSMD. Dept Consolidation vs. Debt Management vs Debt Settlement.

Debt Consolidation vs. Debt Management vs. Debt Settlement

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Whether you are trying to pay off some debt, are working towards homeownership or retirement, or are worried about your ability to meet your financial obligations, it is very important to take the time to educate yourself about the options available.…
CCCSMD. Keys to Budgeting Part 3. Setting up a budget

Keys to Budgeting - Part 3 Setting up a Budget

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I remember being really anxious when I would make a purchase with my debit card and the machine would ask if the charge amount was OK. Even as I touched YES, I didn’t always know if that was true. Before I started budgeting, I would often…
CCCSMD Keys to Budgeting - Part 2. Income.

Keys to Budgeting - Part 2 Income

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With two young children, my tolerance for things being out of control is constantly challenged. There are messes and clutter in every room of the house. The dresser drawers lose their organization just minutes after I put away clean clothes.…
CCCSMD Keys to Budgeting - Part 2. Income.

Prepare Financially for Emergencies – Make a Disaster-Recovery Plan

It has been a doozy of a year for catastrophes across the United States and globally: From raging forest fires, to hurricanes and tornados, to volcanic eruptions and gas-line explosions. As we witness the devastation in the news and send our…