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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!

Financial Mistakes I Made When Buying A Home

By Chris Bibey

home buying mistakesBuying a home is one of the biggest decisions that you will ever make. This affects your personal life, as well as your money in a number of different ways. A couple months ago I purchased my second home. While I am generally happy with the deal I received, there are some things that I could have done better. In other words, I made a few financial mistakes along the way. But, instead of hiding them, I’d like to share them with you so you don’t make the same mistakes that I did. Here are a few mistakes I made that you can avoid with careful planning on your part.

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Should You Buy An Extended Car Warranty?

By Chris Bibey

should I buy an extended warrantyIf you just test drove a new car and are strongly considering buying it, then you’re probably feeling really good right now. But it’s not going to be long before you are ushered into the finance department to sign the paperwork. It is at this point that you will have to decide whether or not to purchase an extended auto warranty. If you are not expected to be presented with this option, you may find yourself confused. Although it may not seem like it, this is a big decision that will affect you at the time of your purchase as well as for many years to come. Generally speaking, an extended warranty is more or less an insurance policy for your vehicle. If something goes wrong within the warranty period you will not have to pay for the repair. The word “extended” is used because you are buying an additional warranty on top of the basic one that is offered by the manufacturer.

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Buying a Computer? Details to Consider

By Chris Bibey

tips for buying a computer

Are you in the process of buying a computer? There are so many options that your head may be spinning by now. While you may be confused, there are a few things you can do to make this process more enjoyable. To start, you need to make a list of what you need and don’t need.

Here are five details to consider when shopping for a computer:

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5 Tips For Doing Business Remotely

By Chris Bibey

Many people travel for business. Some take off for a day at a time; others spend weeks on the road. If you fit into this group, you probably know how important it is to be able to take your business with you no matter where you are headed. Business is becoming more remote, and it’s conducted around the world. It’s important to have the necessary tools and equipment to do business no matter where you are.

Here are five tips to follow if you are interested in taking your business on the road:

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How To Save Money When Traveling In Airports

By Chris Bibey

airport expensesAs you walk through any airport, you are going to see more than people, bags, and planes. You are going to be presented with the opportunity to take in and purchase everything from food to magazines to clothes and much more. How are you ever going to make it through the “airport mall” without spending any money? Retailers at malls prey on the fact that their goods and services are convenient, so they jack the price up just like a theme park. But with a little planning, you don’t have to spend any money in the airport. Here are three tips that you should keep in mind if you know you will be visiting an airport in the near future:

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How To Save Money At Expensive Restaurants

By Chris Bibey

eat at expensive expensive restaurants for lessDo you often avoid the nicest restaurants in your area because the amount of money it costs for a family of four or a dinner for two is just out of your price range? Although these restaurants may cost more, there are many ways that you can frequent them without breaking your budget. There’s nothing like a great dining experience to celebrate an event or to relax with your significant other. Here are several tips for saving money while dining at a more expensive restaurant:

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Personal Finance Round-Up: Travel on a Budget

By Money Crashers

Travel roundup editionWith summer rapidly approaching, it is safe to say that many of you are beginning to make vacation plans. But with money tight, getting away in the months to come will be a bit more difficult. Fortunately, there are ways that you can take a great vacation without spending a lot of money. For information on how to do this, check out pieces like: Travel on a Budget at Consumerism Commentary and Teach Your Way Around the World at Wise Bread.  There is a wealth of information from personal finance bloggers about how to save money while traveling.  The Internet has changed the way we travel, and with so much competition from online travel booking agents, you can always find a great deal to your destination.

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4 Reasons to Enroll in Online Master’s Degree Programs to Save Time and Money

By Chris Bibey

reasons to get masters degree onlineAre you interested in earning your master’s degree? Many people answer “yes,” but for one reason or another they never act on this desire. There are many reasons for this, ranging from the time that it takes to finish the coursework to the cost of tuition. While it does take time and money to receive a master’s degree, there is a way that you can save in both of these areas. By getting your master’s degree online, saving time and money is more than possible. In fact, it is to be expected. For those who immediately are rejecting this idea and want to go to a “top” school, keep in mind that a lot of the best universities and colleges have online programs as well!

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Five Ways To Have Free Fun This Spring

By Chris Bibey

free fun this springFor many, Spring is the best time of the year. After being cooped up inside during the winter months, you are waiting to get out and enjoy the fresh air. While there are many activities that you can take part in during the spring months, not all of them are free. In fact, some are very expensive. If you are interested in having free fun this spring, the five activities below will be perfect for you. We think that one or more of these will hit home and get you excited about the months to come.

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How I Saved $50 Per Month on Auto Insurance

By Chris Bibey

how to save money on auto insuranceIf you watch television, you are sure to see many commercials from auto insurance companies. All of them have the same common theme: they can save you the most money on your policy. This leads to the million dollar question. Which company actually offers the best rates? The only way to answer is to do your homework. Fortunately for you, I am going to provide a “cheat sheet” below.

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College and Credit Cards: The Debate between Students and Parents

By Chris Bibey

There are millions of college students spread from one side of the country to the next. The majority of them are strapped for cash. Some of them learn to live with less. Others make the mistake of opening a credit card.  If you are a college student, or recently graduated, you may recall asking your parents for a credit card at some point during your time in school. At the time, you surely had a good reason (at least in your mind) for doing so.  Some college students have a hard time understanding why it is a bad idea to carry a credit card. They think this is a way to better their life, both financially and socially. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth.

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Set a Budget for “Hobby” Expenses

By Chris Bibey

Hobby BudgetWhat is your hobby? What do you do to stay sane in a world that is full of stress? If you don’t have a hobby you need to find one. If you already have one, which a large portion of the population do, you know that keeping up with it can be quite expensive. A hobby can be anything from flying remote control airplanes to collecting baseball cards and anything in between. How much money you spend on your hobby every month is very important. Even though this is something you need in your life, it is not more important than “necessary expenses” such as your mortgage or rent, utilities, and food.

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Shop Online to Save Money on Auto Insurance

By Chris Bibey

If you are like most people, you pay your auto insurance premium every month never thinking about how much you could actually save by making a simple change. You may be wasting hundreds of dollars or more per year on the cost of auto insurance coverage. How does that make you feel? You are probably sick to your stomach! Fortunately, the internet can rescue you from this financial disaster. By shopping online you can save big-time money on auto insurance. With that in mind, you need to know exactly what goes into the process.

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How I Negotiated a Great Deal on my New Home

By Chris Bibey

Buying a homeLike many people, when I decided to buy a new home, one thing came to mind: negotiate the best deal possible. While this sounds simple in theory, if you have ever purchased a home, you know that this is not true. If you aren’t careful, the seller may end up getting the best of you. In order to get a good deal on a house, you must treat the purchase like you would any other large purchase. You must stay in control of the entire purchasing process, and you must educate yourself, even if you have the help of a competent real estate agent.

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