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How to Structure Your Monthly Living Costs

Learning how to manage your finances is something that everyone struggles with as a standard part of Adulting 101—and even “being an adult” doesn’t really mean that you are an expert budgeter. Your personal finances are subject to a wide range of fluctuation throughout your life, as you move from one job to the next; change apartments; purchase a home; build a family; start travelling, and so on.

Maybe you …

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How to Make Your Money Work For You

You’ve got a steady job, you can pay your bills on time, and maybe you can even start hiding a little bit away into a savings account—but is your savings account really growing? Isn’t there a better way to build your financial health? After all, making money is just the first piece of the puzzle.

For many people, knowing what to do with it afterwards (and how to make their …

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Does Saving Money Really Work ?

Simply put, saving money is hard. Just meeting your monthly bills can be challenging enough, and it’s tempting to put extra cash towards fun things, like a day out with friends or an impromptu date night. Getting into a consistent habit of saving takes dedication and it can certainly be stressful if you’re already tight on budget.

Even if you can only put away small amounts each week, is all …

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Why Do People Use Payday Loans?

Anyone with a bank account knows the drill—after so many days of positive banking history, you’re going to start getting bombarded by letters and emails to sign up for their newest lending products. We’ve all seen the same headlines: Get a low-interest business loan today! Sign up for our credit card with zero percent interest for six months! With so many ways to get a loan, why do people use …

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Cash Advances: How They Work and How They Can Help

Let’s face it: not having cash on hand can be frustrating. Credit card bills, car payments, and rent schedules don’t always line up with our paycheques, leaving us strapped for cash at the last minute. We’ve all been there!

Add in the last-minute expenses like having to replace the brakes in your car, purchasing a new water heater, or—knock on wood—accidentally dropping your phone in the toilet, and you could …

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Everything You Need to Know about Credit Card Cash Advances

Credit card cash advances are amounts of money which people are permitted to "borrow" from their credit card companies. These advances are generally processed via ATM withdrawals or deposited checks. Unlike other types of loans, credit card cash advances almost always come along with hefty interest rates, usually notably higher than the interest rate of the associated credit card. Furthermore, the interest tied to credit card cash advances generally begins …

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How to Build a Business Without Going into Debt

One of the greatest hurdles in building a business is capital, or lack thereof. A lack of capital and financial resources subsequently prompts aspiring entrepreneurs to believe that borrowing money is their only option. Of course, this belief is inaccurate. The pitfalls of going into debt are well-documented, but thankfully other alternatives do exist.

Build Gradually

Many ambitious and aspiring entrepreneurs aim to open their businesses as soon as possible. …

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Building an Emergency Fund on a Tight Budget

The existence of a healthy emergency fund is absolutely paramount for any adult. Unexpected expenses and occurrences happen all the time, often when people least expect them. A plentiful emergency fund can, and often does, determine whether or not an individual or family is ruined by financial hardship or able to foot the unexpected bill. Despite the importance of an emergency fund, not everyone has one. One of the most …

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Knowing Whether or Not to Loan Money to Someone

At one point or another, most people will find themselves in situations where they asked for a loan. The person making this request may be a relative, close friend, or even a co-worker. Loaning money comes with its own risks and stigmas; what if the borrower takes too long to return the money? What if they can't afford to pay back the loan? Worst of all, what if they simply …

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How to Pay Back a Loan

There are many people who wind up taking out loans at one point or another. Perhaps they needed the funds to invest in their education, pay bills, cover a sudden emergency, etc. However, regardless of the reason, the ultimate reality is that borrowed funds must be paid back. Unfortunately, there are countless individuals who struggle with paying back loans which they took out. This ultimately doesn't bode well, seeing as …

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