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The Age Old Question: Should You Pay Off Debt or Save?

Penny Pinchin' Mom

So, you want to get started on debt repayment so you can focus on other financial goals? However, if you pay off these debts, there will be nothing left for investments in these tough financial times. Doing this actually gave me the peace of mind that I needed to focus on my financial goals.

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Small Money Mistakes That Have Big Consequences

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Not Having an Emergency Fund It is dangerous to spend every cent you earn and not to have buffer against illness, injury, job loss or hard economic times. Not Having a Financial Plan Having clear financial goals helps you control spending and increase savings because you know where you are headed.

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Top Tips for Strengthening Your Money Mojo

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

You want to be able to contribute to investment accounts and build up a solid savings to get you through an emergency or unexpected job loss. So, don’t set goals based on a monthly budget that has some wiggle room in it for fun things, things that enhance your life.

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Managing Family Finances: Tips and Strategies for a Better Financial Future

Penny Pinchin' Mom

Emergencies constitute things like: Job loss Medical emergencies Accidents Unplanned large purchases (necessary large purchases) Natural disaster expenses You absolutely need to have this money set aside somewhere it can be easily accessed but also not within your day-to-day reach.

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Meet Jackie. She and Her Husband Paid off $147,000 in Debt | Debt Free Stories

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We also went through multiple job losses, surgeries, huge car repairs, etc. We actually talk about money and our short- and long-term financial goals a lot, but not so much about spending. What are your financial goals now? Quitting my job was a big financial goal that I just made happen.

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Find out how Jessica paid off $56,000 of student loans, credit cards, and a car loan.

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It took me five years to pay off my debt but two of those years I had a job loss, I was taking care of my grandparents and I had lost my motivation and drive to pay off the debt. What are your financial goals now? My next big hairy audacious goal is to buy a home with cash! I had planned to pay it all off in 2.5