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Get Your Finances in Shape in 2017

Apr 13, 2017 9:04:00 PM

If you've ever had a surprise tax bill or a large unexpected expense in the past, you've probably learned the value to wise financial planning. Even if you haven't had one of these financial emergencies fall into your lap, you probably know someone who has and have witnessed their struggles. 

Not only is having your finances in order just the mature thing to do, but it will also teach you some important skills and put you in the best position to protect your family's financial future. Here are several ways that you can get your personal finances in order for 2017.

Set Some Financial Goals

A useful exercise when you have resolved to take a close look at your finances is to sit down and set some goals. If you've always had difficulty when tax time rolls around, perhaps better tax planning should go on that list. If high-interest debt is an issue for you, you might want to pay off debt to free up room in your budget. Write down some short-term and long-term financial goals.

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Eating Healthy on a Budget: That's a Game You Can Win

Apr 6, 2017 9:14:00 AM

Have you avoided a healthy diet because you think that it will cost you more to consume foods that are better for you? In some cases, a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables could break the bank. It is certainly possible to eat healthy and stay on a strict budget. Here are some tips to help you win that elusive prize.

1. Affordable Proteins

Protein is an essential part of a healthy diet. While fresh fish and filet mignon might not make it on your budget-conscious list, there are several tasty items that can. For meats, you'll find the best values in chicken and turkey products. Eggs, canned tuna, and various types of legumes (lentils, beans, chickpeas) provide excellent nutrient values per unit. While there is just a hint of protein in rice, you might still consider adding this low-cost food to your diet for its fiber and nutrient value.

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