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Chris Bibey is a freelance writer who over the years has honed his personal finance experience by writing more than 100 feature articles on the subject. In his spare time, Chris enjoys sports - West Virginia football in particular!

How to Choose a CPA

By Chris Bibey

Are you interested in hiring a certified public accountant (CPA)? As an individual, a CPA can help you file taxes while answering any financial questions that are on your mind. At the same time, many CPA’s specialize in working with business owners as well. Some people immediately reject the idea of hiring a CPA for their taxes beacuse of the upfront costs above and beyond a service like TurboTax. But, often these professionals can ultimately save you a ton of money with their expertise by using techniques and strategies that a computer program (or yourself) would not even know about.

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How to Find and Manage a Second Job

By Chris Bibey

manage second jobSo, you are thinking about getting a second job? This is never an easy decision. While there are definite drawbacks of securing a second job including all the extra time you will need to devote away from your family, friends, and personal hobbies, you don’t want to overlook the benefits and advantages. After all, you are doing this for a reason, right?

Before you send in your first application, it is important that you realize what you are getting into. Managing a second job, while staying productive in other areas of your life, including your family and primary employment, is not as simple as it sounds.

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Debate: Single Family Home or Townhouse?

By Chris Bibey

Are you in the market for a new home? Have you been looking for both single family homes and townhouses? While most people realize that the two options have significant appearance differences on the outside, many are unaware of the finer details as well as the pros and cons of each. Before you decide for or against either option, it is important to compare both and then determine which one is right for you, your family (if others will be living with you), and your budget.

Single Family Home Benefits

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Pros and Cons of Visiting the Car Dealer for Service

By Chris Bibey

Car Dealer ServiceHow do you feel about visiting a dealership for vehicle service? Some people believe that this is the best idea. Others believe that it is the biggest mistake one can make when it comes to maintaining their vehicle. If you are on the fence it is essential that you are aware of both the pros and cons of visiting a dealer for service.

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Identity Theft: What To Do If You’re A Victim

By Chris Bibey

identity theft stepsIdentity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world. Due to the age of the Internet when we’re buying things online and sharing our personal information, our identity has become more vulnerable than ever. Virtually anyone with an Internet connection and some hacking savvy can find your personal information and steal it. If you have been a victim of identity theft or think that this is the case, there are several things you can do to get your personal and financial lives back on track. The last thing you want to do is let this slide, and hope that everything works out in the long run. Even though you may not feel up to it, there are several steps you have to take in order to restore your good name:

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Investment Fees You Need To Know About

By Chris Bibey

investment feesBefore you invest your money, it is important to be aware of the fees attached to your particular type of investments. Any respectable, professional advisor should be able to explain every fee in great detail. The problem is that when we invest in our retirement accounts such as a 401(k) or IRA, we often don’t think about the fees associated with each mutual fund, ETF, stock, or bond. Before you do anything with your money, the following six fees are worth asking about:

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Save Money On Hidden Contractor Fees

By Chris Bibey

hidden contractor feesNo matter why you are hiring a contractor, one thing is for sure: you are going to be spending a good amount of money. In addition to supplies, you are paying for labor. Hiring a contractor is a great idea when you’ve decided the best solution is to bring in a professional rather than do it yourself. That being said, there are hidden fees that can turn this entire process into a nightmare. Below are several hidden contractor fees that I have personally “caught” over the past few months:

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Pros and Cons of Debt Consolidation

By Chris Bibey

debt consolidation pros and consWhat do you know about debt consolidation? If you have a lot of debt, there is a good chance that you have been thinking about consolidation and what it can do for you. Before you do anything, keep this in mind: there are both pros and cons of debt consolidation. While you may think that this is the right move for you, once you realize the potential drawbacks you may change your position. From television commercials to Internet advertisements, you have probably come across several companies that specialize in debt consolidation. The problem with these advertising spots is that they only talk about the benefits. Unfortunately, this has tricked many people into consolidation when it was not the best decision for them.

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5 Reasons To Use Personal Finance Budgeting Applications

By Chris Bibey

What type of personal budget software do you use? Wait! Don’t tell me you are one of those people who think they are better off without software and computers. While there is nothing wrong with using a traditional accounting method (pencil and paper), once you introduce personal budget software into your life, you will realize that you are on a better path. There was a day when I thought that personal budget software was a waste of time and money. But once I gave it a try (I use Quicken) it was east to see that I was wrong. Here are my top five reasons for using personal budget software:

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Are You Really Saving Money With Do-It-Yourself Repairs?

By Chris Bibey

save money do it yourself repairsSome homeowners do not believe in calling contractors when they need help with a project. Instead, they are a do-it-yourself homeowner until the day they die. While there is nothing wrong with taking on some jobs yourself, you have to know where to draw the line. One thing is true about the majority of do it yourselfers: they are trying to save as much money as possible. Saving is a definite possibility when you do the work yourself. That being said, you may end up spending more than you would have by hiring a professional. This happens more times than most people believe. Sometimes you need to seriously consider whether you should do a project yourself or bring in the pros.

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What You Can Learn From My Negotiations With Contractors

By Chris Bibey

contractor negotiationsSince moving into my new home several months ago it seems like I have been on the phone with contractors day after day. During this time, I have compiled many tips that have helped me not only get the best deal but also hire the right person for the job.

Here are five things you can learn from my negotiations:

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What You Should Consider Before Changing Cell Phone Providers

By Chris Bibey

changing cell phone providersBefore you change cell phone providers, there are many details that you must first consider. While there is nothing wrong with doing this, remember that the grass is not always greener on the other side. You need to weigh the pros and cons of sticking with your current provider, as well as what you will get by making a change. Here are several of the most important details to consider:

1. How much will it cost to make a change? Believe it or not, there is probably a fee for canceling your current contract. You agreed to pay this fee upon signing your contract, but probably don’t remember because it was so long ago or it was in the fine print that you didn’t read.

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How to Get Over a Bad Car Loan

By Chris Bibey

ways to fix a bad car loanThere is nothing worse than buying a car, being excited for a couple of days, and then realizing that you made a huge mistake. A bad car loan can quickly sap all your energy, while also causing financial worries. Even though you may think there is no solution, there are several things you can consider. Here are five ways to get over a bad car loan:

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Personal Finance Round-Up: Documents That You Must Have

By Money Crashers

financial documents that you needMany people avoid creating and/or updating particular financial documents because of the stress it brings. While you may be able to get away with this for the time being, with each passing day you are taking more of a risk. Bargaineering.com has a great article about 6 Documents You Need But Hate Thinking About. This article touches on the documents that need to be complete and in place upon your death.

Below are several other personal finance posts that you don’t want to miss:

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Combine Business Travel With Pleasure While On A Budget

By Chris Bibey

business travel and pleasureJust because you are traveling for business doesn’t mean you have to leave all the fun at home. In fact, this is a great time to combine business with pleasure. While you are out of the office visiting clients you should be looking for ways to have fun in a different city. Of course, you need to keep a close watch on your budget along the way. There is a fine line between spending money on business related expenses (and having them reimbursed), and going overboard with your own checkbook in hand. Here are several tips for combining business travel with pleasure:

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