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What to Consider Before Buying Your First Home

Rents are crazy high. I regularly meet with people who tell me they want to buy a house because that rent money is just going into someone else’s pocket. On the surface this seems like sound reasoning, but there are

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Buying vs. Leasing a Vehicle: The Eternal Battle

New Vehicle

I’m going to break down leasing a car versus buying a new vehicle. Let’s use, for example, a $300/month lease at 12,000 miles/year for 36 months – over the life of three cars. (That is 108 total months or 9

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Revenue Recapture

It is that time of year with qualifying Minnesotans getting refunds from the state for property taxes or rent paid. Or not. Some unhappy folks are not getting their tax refunds, thanks to Revenue Recapture. The Revenue Recapture Act authorizes

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How to Manage Money in a Relationship

Communication is key to a happy relationship and that also applies to managing money. The more you talk about it and work on it together, the better off you’ll be together. But different methods work for different couples. So here

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Frugality 101: Eat Your Weeds

We have extreme climate conditions here in Minnesota. One week we’re buried under 18 inches of snow, and the next week the weeds are a foot tall. That’s what it feels like, anyhow. The growth is frantic here once the

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