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How to Achieve Your Financial Freedom

Author and finance expert Ryan Mack gives tips on breaking free from financial burdens

In his new book, Living in the Village: Build Your Financial Future and Strengthen Your…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Economista: 5 Strategies for Getting College Scholarships

Don't apply for scholarships without following these steps

It pays to be strategic with how you look for college financing. Check out these…

By Renita Burns

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Economista: Why Micro-lenders Will Replace Sallie Mae

Social lending becomes an alternative to private student loan giants

There seems to be a new trend taking root when it comes to college financing.…

By Renita Burns

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Economista: Micro-loans for College Students?

How social loans are becoming a viable source for student borrowers

Companies have been springing up offering a micro lending model to student loans which aims…

By Renita Burns

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Kids & Money: Paying for College and The Myth of Financial Independence

Money lessons we need to teach to our kids from K-12

Whether you have a child that’s prepping for college or your young one has finally…

By Renita Burns

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Dealing With Debt: More Ways to Finance Your Education

Everything you need to know to tame your debt and keep it under control

More options for managing student loan debt.

By Renita Burns

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Economista: How to Pay for Grad School

A money guide for 20-somethings

While some students are fortunate enough to attend grad school for free through various programs,…

By Renita Burns

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Kids & Money: How to Put Stocks in Your Child’s Name

Money lessons we need to teach to our kids from K-12

Since opening a brokerage account is out of the question for your minor opening a…

By Renita Burns

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Economista: Alternative Ways to Pay For College

Can�t get enough scholarship money and balking at students loans? Look no further.

Even after exhausting all the well-known avenues to help pay for college – scholarships, grants,…

By Renita Burns

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Millions Available to Pay for School

College scholarships for single mothers�and fathers, too

Women Who Rule the World, a one-day networking and dinner event sponsored by eLearners.com, a…

By Dale Coachman

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College Aid 101

How to save the most money and still remain eligible for the best financial aid package

Although inflation is relatively dormant in most areas of the economy, it’s running wild on…

By Donald Jay Korn

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Money Matters: College Savings Vehicles

Sending a nephew to college

Last December, I became the primary caregiver of my late sister’s 5-year-old son. I’m currently…

By John Simons

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Free and Low-Cost Resources to Help College Students Stay Afloat

Tuition is expensive, but living doesn�t have to be

There’s no question that college is one of the most memorable experiences in the transition…

By Renita Burns

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An Action Plan for Black Friday

Tips to help you brave the crowds and get the best deals

While the holiday shopping season is in full swing, the “official” kick off is nigh:…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Slash Your College Prep Expenses

How to cut the costs of pursuing higher education

Your college prep budget doesn’t have to break the bank. Check out these quick tips…

By Renita Burns

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The Homebuyers Toolkit: Let’s Talk Money

There may be grants to help you buy your home�if you know where to look

The biggest hurdle to homeownership for some is the down payment and closing costs. These…

By LaToya M. Smith

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What To Do Today to Prepare For This Year’s Taxes

Don�t let Uncle Sam catch you off guard

It’s not tax season yet, but by the time you finish feasting on turkey and…

By Renita Burns

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Tools to Help You Track Your Dollars

Take the stress out of money management

I recently tested three programs, Microsoft Excel, Mint.com, and Google Docs, to find the pros…

By Renita Burns

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Finding the Right Personal Finance Applications

See how these virtual money-tracking tools stack up

For your convenience – and my own – I tested three personal finance apps, iBear…

By Renita Burns

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Your Back to School Shopping — Made Affordably Easy

Find the best deals through proper planning

There’s something about the August air that stirs a sense of uneasiness and excitement among…

By Renita Burns

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Oh, the Mumbo-Jumbo

Don't let jargon lead you into a bad deal

At the behest of my landlord, I alone signed the lease on our first post-college…

By Renita Burns

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In Disaster, Cash Is King

Be prepared with an in-house emergency fund

If you lived in or around New York City during the summer of 2003, surely…

By Renita Burns

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College Finance 101: A Money-Saving Crash Course for Parents

Lesson 4: Think outside the box when exploring your options

In the closing portion of this crash course, we encourage parents and students to be…

By Donald Jay Korn

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College Finance 101: A Money-Saving Crash Course for Parents

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It’s great that you’re still basking in the warm, proud glow of your child’s high…

By Donald Jay Korn

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Money Planner for Teens

Cash Cache helps create goals and develop financial plan

Between iPods, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and text messaging, getting your teen’s attention long enough to…

By Renita Burns

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College Finance 101: A Money-Saving Crash Course for Parents

Lesson 3: Home purchase may save money in the long run

To save on room and board, consider a housing purchase. One way to trim this…

By Donald Jay Korn

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College Finance 101: A Money-Saving Crash Course for Parents

Lesson 2: Borrow wisely when exploring loan options

Most students finance their education with borrowed funds. According to FinAid.org, 65.6% of students graduate…

By Donald Jay Korn

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College Finance 101: A Money-Saving Crash Course for Parents

Ways to cut costs in paying for higher education

It’s great that you’re still basking in the warm, proud glow of your child’s high…

By Donald Jay Korn

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Parents, Back Away From the Piggy Bank!

Tapping into kids' funds in hard times a bad idea

Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? It may be mom or dad, according…

By renita burns

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Uh-Oh, I Can’t Repay My Student Loans

Four tips for grads struggling to avoid the perils of default

The parties are over, Thirsty Thursdays are a mere memory, and early morning wake-up calls…

By Renita Burns

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Money Savvy Pig for Kids

Boost the financial literacy of children beyond saving and spending

In today’s financial crunch, if you haven’t sprung into action to sharpen your child’s money…

By Renita Burns

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Love Don’t Cost a Thing

Personal touches can add bang to a wedding without the bucks

Television is overrun with shows about weddings. Some focus on finding a gown, some profile…

By Alisa Gumbs

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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Pushes for Financial Literacy Lessons

NYSE event highlights importance of money savvy

Duncan Niederauer NYSE CEO, John Hope Bryant, vice chairman of the U.S. President’s Advisory…

By Renita Burns

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Update: ‘Just in Case’ Specials

More companies are joining the brigade to get you to open up your wallet

If you read my earlier post on Just in Case specials you know that companies…

By Renita Burns

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When Your ‘Something Blue’ Meets the Pink Slip

What to do if a layoff forces you to slash your wedding budget

Sometimes the “for worse” part of “for better or for worse” comes early. In this…

By Alisa Gumbs

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It’s Earth Day. Get Some Real Green

Not really into saving the environment? Then focus on saving cold, hard cash.

Unless you live on another planet (literally), you know that today, April 22, is Earth…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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How to Plan a Wedding During a Recession

Say "I do" to the marriage but "I don�t" to the debt

There are some things you still need to spend money on, even when the economy’s…

By Alisa Gumbs

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Foreclosure Prevention Gone Awry?

'Justice League' clamps down on home mortgage scams

The ink on President Barack Obama’s massive stimulus plan hadn’t dried before spurious Websites sprouted…

By Renita Burns

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The Cutting Edge: Big Tax Refund? You Might Want to Think Twice

Overpaying Uncle Sam is like giving him an interest-free loan

There is such a thing as overpaying Uncle Sam. Though buxom tax returns can seem…

By Renita Burns

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The Cutting Edge: Tax Tips for First-Time Filers

Don�t let ignorance cost you money, time

If this is your first time filing as an independent, or you’ve just started taking…

By Renita Burns

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Teaching Our Kids the Financial Facts of Life

Every parent wants to support his or her child’s dreams and aspirations. Most have worked…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Say No to Overdraft Fees

10 Days Left to Tell Fed to Say No to Banks

Ever had to pay an additional $30 for a $5 hamburger or a $15 meal?…

By Renita Burns

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The Cutting Edge: ‘Just in Case’ Recession Specials

Companies offer deals tailored to an uncertain job market

Yesterday, I blogged on recession-friendly deals companies are offering. But there’s more to the wave…

By Renita Burns

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The Cutting Edge: Recession Specials

Deals sure to be kind to your wallet

For consumers clutching their purse strings and wallets, companies are hoping to loosen that grip…

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1. Make sure your investment portfolio has exposure to emerging markets like China and India. They recommend that no more than 10% of your portfolio holdings should be invested in these assets.

4. I Will Save At Least 10% of My Income

It’s not enough to just make ends meet with the salary you are earning. You…

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5. I Will Use Homeownership as a Foundation for Building Wealth

While these are uncertain economic times, financial experts agree that owning a home is still…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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6. I Will Devise an Investment Plan for My Retirement Needs and Childrens’ Education

The reality is that your chances of building wealth are optimized when you invest. It…

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7. I Will Ensure That My Entire Family Adheres to Sensible Money Management Principles

Talking about money matters at the dinner table may not have been polite conversation long…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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The Cutting Edge: Filling Out Your FAFSA

Tap all resources and start early to get the funds you need

If you’re entering college for the first time next fall, or you’re a returning student…

By Renita Burns

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The Cutting Edge: Don’t Get Taken By Your Tax Preparer

Diligence could save you trouble and money

We’re in the heat of tax season and if you haven’t filed yet, a bigger…

By renita burns

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The Cutting Edge: Managing the Aftermath of a Layoff

Know your options when you've lost your job

For those seeking financial stability after a layoff, aside from unemployment benefits and severance packages,…

By Renita Burns

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Three Tips for Managing Cash Flow

In a tight times, due diligence in tracking your dollars is key

With tightening credit markets, entrepreneurs are being advised to watch their dollars carefully. Many companies…

By Margarette Burnette

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The Cutting Edge: Money Market Accounts

Gain better rates and more savings

It was two years ago that I learned the compounding greatness of money market accounts.…

By Renita Burns

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Saving: The Solution for Women When Crisis Arise

Ladies, want to start saving, but aren’t sure how to start or are you concerned…

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Diligence is Key in Slashing Your Cell Phone Expenses

What every cell phone subscriber should know

While researching information about cutting costs on cell phone bills, I stumbled upon information on…

By Renita Burns

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Flex Your Buying Muscle

Flexible spending account a viable option to cover healthcare costs

If your insurance provider is cutting back while you are forced to pay more, don’t…

By Renita Burns

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You Don’t Have to Cancel Christmas, but…

Making a list and checking it twice could result in the best gift of all: a debt-free New Year.

The pressure has already started to get us to start our holiday shopping and spend…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Navigating Financial Aid

Tips for understanding the financial aid process

Navigating the financial aid process can be just as daunting and perplexing as choosing…

By Renita Burns

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Quality Connections: How to Use Social Media to Advance Your Professional Brand

Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit panelist LC Johnson teaches women how to brand themselves…

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Legacy Award Honoree: How Charlayne Hunter-Gault Helped Desegregate Schools

Legacy Award recipient and journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault was one of the first blacks to desegregate…

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