The Money Mentor Blog
6/16/16  Grab Bag
How much does it cost to raise a child in the U.S.?

Our blogger Allison is expecting a baby any day now, and to prepare for the financial shock of parenthood, she has researched what every new parent needs to know about being financially prepared for baby. 

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6/7/16  HousingSavings & Retirement
Where to retire abroad? 7 popular destinations

Heading towards retirement but worried about how to afford it? You may have an easier financial time of it by choosing to retire outside of the United States, where your savings can go further. 

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6/7/16  Smart Spending Tips
The top 10 summer road trip essentials

When planning what to bring on a road trip, there are obvious items (keys? check!), but there are also plenty of things you might only think about once your car’s passed a state line -- especially things with a financial bent.

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5/26/16  Housing
Is a for-sale-by-owner home the right move for you?

If you’re thinking of selling your home, you may be considering the do-it-yourself route: a For Sale By Owner (FSBO) home listing. Learn more about the pros (you can potentially save thousands!) and cons (lower average sales price, plus time, energy, and negotiation commitments) of FSBO.  

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5/23/16  Smart Spending Tips
Do you need added insurance when you rent a car?

You may know that most auto insurance policies also cover you when you are driving a rental car.  But did you know that if you don't own a car – and thus don't have auto insurance – paying for a rental car with your Alliant Visa credit card gives you Collision Damage Waiver coverage? You can say "no thanks" to the rental company's add-on policy that costs you $$$.  

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5/18/16  Housing
Home values continue to increase in most markets

The housing market continues to report strong growth in home values, despite a slower rate of appreciation in oil states. A key contributing factor to the continued good news in the housing sector is historically low interest rates that make homes affordable for more consumers.

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