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Goal Setting

Setting Goals and tracking them over time is a key way to achieve success.   One of the best articles on goal setting actually comes from a weight loss/fitness book by Tom Venuto, The Body Fat Solution: Five Principles for Burning Fat, Building Lean Muscle, Ending Emotional Eating,and Maintaining Your Perfect Weight.  (Read the first chapter […]

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The Most Important Thing

If you did just one thing to get ahead financially what would it be? For me, the most importantthing is cash.  That’s right, old fashioned cash – well, not really, but something just like cash.  I don’t think it’s a good idea to have a few thousand dollars laying around the house, but it’s critical to have ready access to it. […]

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Top Financial Priorities in 2013

At the start of 2013, it’s (let’s be honest here) time to make some resolutions that we can break, OK? Resolutions you might break: Eat Healthier Go to bed on time and wake up earlier Lose weight Exercise more What other Resolutions do you plan on breaking this year? At StartwiththeHouse.com, there are a few […]

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Year End Planning

So, did you get everything done that you had on your list at the beginning of the year?  Hopefully “Yes” for vacations and other fun stuff, and hopefully “Yes” for important stuff, like checking your life insurance needs or refinancing your mortgage.  Most likely, if you reviewed a list of what you wanted to do over the […]

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Saving or Investing?

I came across a great four page booklet from the North Dakota State University on Saving or Investing.  Many think that saving and investing are the same thing, but, there are important differences. First of, why North Dakota?  Isn’t it freezing there?  Actually, I just checked, and the temperature right now is only 7 degrees cooler than here in […]

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