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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 Find Cheap European Travel Deals

By Chris Bibey

Cheap European Travel DealsMany people who are interested in visiting Europe never make the trip because of one thing: money. They think that this trip will break the bank. In turn, they never take the time to consider all their options. Believe it or not, there are many ways to travel Europe on a budget. This holds true no matter which country you are visiting from. To find cheap European travel deals, you must keep an open mind. Those who are only interested in the major cities and five star hotels are going to find out soon enough that the cost is growing out of control. Here are several tips for visiting Europe on a budget:

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Tips for Saving Money on a Cruise

By Chris Bibey

saving on a cruiseAre you interested in taking a cruise this summer? This is a great way to vacation by yourself, with a partner, or with your entire family. But just like any vacation you probably have one thing on your mind: money. Sure, you want to have a good time, but you can only do so if your budget is under control. Fortunately, there are many ways that you can save on a cruise both when booking and when you are finally on the ship. The following money saving tips are useful for anybody who is going to be sailing the high seas this summer:

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What You Can Do Now To Save On Your 2010 Tax Return

By Chris Bibey

five ways to save on taxesYou just filed your 2009 tax return a couple months ago. For this reason, you probably want to take some time off and forget about the IRS for a while. Even though this is tempting, now is the time that you really have to put your mind to work. If you want to save on your 2010 taxes, you cannot afford to put this off. As soon as 2011 arrives, most of your opportunities to save will be long gone. Here are five things you can do now to save on taxes for next year:

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Evaluate Your Insurance Policies When Money Is Tight

By Chris Bibey

buying insurance on a budgetWhen money is tight, it is a good idea to review your budget for expenses that you are able to cut back on. One category that you must pay close attention to is insurance. With this in mind, it is important to note that some policies are more important than others. While you may be able to cut back in one area, keeping the same coverage in another is essential to the well being of you, your family, and your finances. Knowing what coverages you should have more of and can cut back on is the tricky part. We recommend that you consult with your insurance agent and another professional with an unbiased opinion before canceling, reducing, or adding any coverages to your insurance policies.

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How to Prepare for an Online Video Interview

By Chris Bibey

Prepare for an Online Video InterviewMore companies than ever are looking for ways to save time and money when interviewing prospective employees. For this reason, online video interviews are more common than ever before. With this type of interview, the company and interviewee are able to save a lot of time. Along the same lines, both parties can save a bit of money as well. Preparing for an online video interview can be stressful. After all, most people have never been involved with one of these. While you may not know what to expect, there are several things you can do to ensure that you are 100% prepared:

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How to Save Money On Your Electric Bill This Summer

By Chris Bibey

save on your Electric Bill this summerHow much money do you generally spend on electricity during the fall and spring months? Does this number seem to grow every summer when the weather turns warm? That’s because you’re not making a conscious effort to reduce the amount of energy you’re using, and the air conditioner is the main culprit of the spike in energy costs. This is a problem that many people face, especially those who are on a tight budget. Although your electric bill may tend to increase during the summer, there are some things you can do to keep the costs to a minimum:

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Five Simple Habits That Will Make You Rich

By Chris Bibey

habits that can make you richI wanna be rich! This is a goal that many people share. Unfortunately, only 5% of people actually achieve substantial wealth in their lifetime. If you are going to get rich at some point in your life, you need to stay on track, day in and day out. The path that you are on right now may not be the one you want to continue to follow. These five habits can help get you in the right frame of mind and hopefully assist you in building significant wealth:

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Five Tips for Reading Your Bank Statement

By Chris Bibey

how to read bank statementDo you know how to read your bank statement? Some people never take the time to learn how. Instead, they throw out their statement or delete it from their inbox before taking a closer look. If you are in this habit, there is no better time than now to make a change. Learning how to read your bank statement is not as difficult as you may think. Once you know what you are looking for, you will feel much better about your finances.

Here are five tips for reading your bank statement with success:

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How To Fix Errors On Your Credit Report For FREE

By Chris Bibey

credit report errorsMany studies over the years have shown that a large number of credit reports include at least one error. Some believe this number to be as high as 80 percent. So, with that in mind, the million dollar question is: when was the last time you reviewed your credit report for inaccuracies? If you do come across an error, it is very important that you take the proper steps in getting it fixed. Not only can you do this yourself, but it should not cost you any money other than postage.

Here are the steps to follow if you need to fix an error on your credit report:

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How To Avoid Hidden Fees from your Cable Company

By Chris Bibey

hidden fees from cable companyFor many people, watching television is a way of life. Even when money was tight, many keep their cable service because it is one of their only sources of entertainment. While cable television is more expensive than ever, you may be spending on more than just service. I don’t know about you, but every time I get my cable bill, I feel like the price has gone up. Over the past month, I have been hit with several “hidden fees” by my cable company. Along with this, I have learned of additional fees by calling around and speaking with other providers.

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Design on a Dime: Bathroom Edition

By Chris Bibey

budget bathroom ideasAre you one of those people who believe that a bathroom remodel has to cost tens of thousands of dollars? While the sky truly is the limit, you may be on a budget and there is nothing wrong with that. Contrary to popular belief, there are many ways to update any bathroom in your home without overspending. Kitchens and bathrooms are the rooms where you’ll get the biggest return on your investment. People can live with a living room looking a little outdated, because usually a little paint and flooring can freshen up any room, but kitchens and bathrooms are different. Remodeling your bathrooms will add a ton of value to your home and help you sell it for more money and faster when that time comes.

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Design on a Dime: Kitchen Edition

By Chris Bibey

kitchen design on a dimeMost people spend a lot of time in their kitchen. Of course, if you do not like the design and overall appearance, you probably cringe every time you begin to prepare a meal. While a total kitchen remodel can cost tens of thousands of dollars, there are many changes you can make on the cheap, and you don’t always have to sacrifice quality for price. Here are several ways to update your kitchen without breaking the bank:

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3 Options For Paying Your Tax Debt

By Chris Bibey

tax debt payment optionsDebt can cause a lot of stress no matter what kind it is. But when it comes to tax debt, things can get bad in a hurry. The last thing you want is for the IRS to be on your tail. Unlike other creditors, they have the power to do things such as take money from your paycheck and bank account and seize your property. Although dealing with tax debt can be stressful, with many options for paying, you should not be stuck in an impossible situation. Remember, if you owe money to the IRS, it should be the payment that trumps all other debt payments, other than your mortgage. Always pay the IRS first, because they can do things to collect the money unlike any other collector, such as garnishing your wages without a judgment. No matter how you feel about the IRS, don’t mess with them!

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Tips For Managing Your Money While Unemployed

By Chris Bibey

tips for unemployed managing moneyWith more than 10% of Americans unemployed, it goes without saying that millions are in need of financial advice. Managing your money while unemployed is a unique experience. If nothing else, it is much different than the way that you manage your situation when you have a job. Before we go any further, keep this in mind: everybody who is unemployed is in a different position. One person may have no money coming in and no savings and another may be married and have the luxury of relying on another income and an emergency fund until they find a position.

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Considerations when Opening a Joint Bank Account with a Spouse

By Chris Bibey

open a joint bank accountContrary to what many couples believe, opening a joint bank account is a big financial step. This signifies trust in each other, as well as confidence that the other person is going to act responsibly. Most couples who are interested in opening a joint account are newlyweds. Of course, this is not always the case. If you are in the process of doing this, here are some things to think about:

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