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Buying a house for the first time is right up there with major milestones like getting married and having a baby. It’s exciting, maddening, and the biggest investment most people will make.

It’s a big deal for you—so get ready for the great inquisition. You don’t even want to approach a lender if you don’t have your finances in shape—but don’t worry, we can help. 

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As you make plans for your New Year’s celebration, take a moment to think about what comes after the dinners, the parties, and the hangover.

On January 2nd, life will resume—and that means getting out of the holiday bubble and facing your finances. But that doesn’t have to be overwhelming or a downer. You just need a game plan. 

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If you’re expecting a new baby, you probably know that your finances are about to change … but maybe you’re not sure exactly how much they’re going to change, or in what ways. I can relate.

When my wife was pregnant, we spent a lot of time talking about the potential cost of childcare. What we didn’t talk about were the small purchases that add up over time: diapers and wipes, milk storage bags, and teething wafers. Oh, and every single swaddle or sleep sack that got an Amazon reviewer’s child to sleep through the night. 

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The holiday season has commonly been referred to as “engagement season,” marking the most popular time of year for proposals. Now that January has hit and the glow of the holidays have worn off, a lot of couples are doing the hard work of answering the question "How are we going to pay for our wedding?"

While thinking of ways to cut down on costs can go a long way, you may also just need a boost in income. In honor of engagement season, here are five surprising ways to earn extra money for your wedding.

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You have the perfect crib, the safest car seat, the hippest stroller, and enough outfits to last for a year. But what about life insurance? Did you take out a policy for the newest addition to your family?

If you spend any time online or looking at parenting magazines, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the ads for child life insurance.

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Editor's note: We know a lot of our readers would like to make the somewhat-scary leap to from employee to solopreneur. Here, one of our writers shares her journey about that transition. 

I looked around the room one last time before turning out the lights. Moving in slow motion, I still wasn't sure if this was the right thing to do.

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