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How to Be Prepared for Unexpected Expenses

Jan 16, 2017 4:56:00 PM

If there's one thing in life that's certain, it's that plans often change. Your idea of a perfect vacation could go south with an unexpected illness, a broken down vehicle, or even the theft of some belongings. What was supposed to be a quiet winter season can turn stressful when the furnace breaks, or there's a sudden leak in the roof.

The common thread running through all of these events is money. When the unexpected occurs, it's usually not in the form of a winning lottery ticket. No, instead you unexpectedly find yourself parting with money. Here's what you need to know about unexpected expenses and a few tips on getting a good preparation plan in place.

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10 Debt Traps to Avoid in 2017

Jan 12, 2017 10:40:00 AM

It's never fun being broke or having to live paycheck to paycheck. Wondering if you'll be able to pay your bills is stressful, and access to money is often limited. Those who have escaped debt will tell you that it is both a struggle and one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself and your family. Maybe you just see the potential for trouble on the horizon and want to avoid total financial disaster. Whether you're crawling out of debt or hope to avoid its pitfalls, here are just ten debt traps to avoid in 2017.

1. Spending Too Much on a Home

Buying too much home is a common mistake that gets many people in over their heads in debt. A standard monthly benchmark for housing is 30% of your income. Many go up to 40%, but too many families fail to consider such things as property taxes, insurance, upkeep, and repairs in their budget.

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How to Make the Right Decisions

Jan 8, 2017 8:17:00 PM

Do you have difficulty making decisions? For many people, having to choose between even two simple alternatives is a stressful proposition, and life-changing decisions can be downright debilitating. If you'd rather not just throw caution to the wind and flip a coin when it comes to where you live, work, or who you spend your time with, some effective decision-making skills might be useful. Here are five exercises that can help you work through decisions, big and small so that you can come to better conclusions with less overall stress.

1. Identify Your Goals

It's difficult to make sound decisions if you don't have clear goals. In fact, people who aren't able to sit down and reflect on what they want are more likely to make bad decisions. If you want to avoid a series of bad, and potentially costly choices, sit down and list out your goals. The decisions that will help you achieve those goals will become more apparent.

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IntelliQuote Works to Help Individuals Secure Online Life Insurance Coverage in Response to a Nationwide Drop in Employer Provided Benefits

May 8, 2015 10:29:00 PM

IntelliQuote, a highly regarded online life insurance agency, is proud to offer guidance to the growing number of Americans losing employer provided health and life insurance coverage.

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IntelliQuote Proudly Embraces Social Media, Connecting with and Educating Consumers Nationwide

May 4, 2015 9:51:00 PM

IntelliQuote, the nation’s leading online life insurance brokerage, is proud to announce the initial success of a social media outreach campaign designed to engage and empower consumers through life insurance education. 

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IntelliQuote Life Insurance Agency Launches New Life Insurance Calculator and Begins Quoting Universal Life Products to Better Serve Their Customers

May 3, 2015 9:44:00 PM

IntelliQuote, a celebrated online life insurance agency,is proud to introduce a wide variety of Universal Life (UL) insurance policies to their vast product offering. In addition the thriving agency is excited to announce the launch of a new and improved life insurance calculator. Introducing new products, and launching this highly intuitive tool, are both part of an ongoing strategy to cater to the evolving needs of IntelliQuote’s valued customer base.

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IntelliQuote Experiences Year Over Year Rise in Life Insurance Applications; a Trend Indicative of Overall Industry Growth

May 2, 2015 9:39:00 PM

Revered life insurance agency IntelliQuote, proudly announces year over year growth in online applications in the first two quarters of 2012; a trend which is being reported throughout the life insurance industry. As one of the nation’s highest rated online life insurance agencies, IntelliQuote is catering to a recent influx of consumers interested in purchasing coverage. 

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