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Katharine Paljug

Five Healthy Financial Habits for the Self-Employed

by Katharine Paljug November 20, 2014

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When I started my freelance writing business, I didn’t really know what I was doing. I had to learn as I went: how to find clients, how market my work… even how to keep myself on a schedule while working from home was a challenge! One thing I had going for me, though, was good […]

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Marriage & Money: How to Divide Bank Accounts

by Katharine Paljug November 17, 2014

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Where do you and your spouse put your money? It seems like a straightforward question, but for many new couples it’s a minefield. Should you combine everything into joint checking and savings accounts? Have individual accounts and put a portion of your income into common accounts? If you keep some of your money separate, does […]

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Going Back to School? Here’s How to Plan Financially

by Katharine Paljug November 4, 2014

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Have you or your spouse decided to go back to school? Congratulations! Whether the goal is a bachelor’s or an advanced degree, going back to school can be a great way to advance at your current job or switch to a new career. But in order to get that degree, the two of you will […]

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Pros and Cons of Accepting Help with Wedding Expenses

by Katharine Paljug June 19, 2013

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No matter what sort of budget you have in mind for your wedding, the prospect of getting some help with the ever-mounting wedding expenses seems like a godsend. It makes sense, then, that many couples are grateful when parents or other relatives offer to help out with the expenses. But if you’re not careful, letting […]

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Love and Money: Breaking a Lease after a Break-up

by Katharine Paljug June 5, 2013

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You moved in, you signed a lease, you split the rent… and then you split up. A breakup is hard under normal circumstances, but when it involves a shared living space – and doesn’t have the legal protection and process of a divorce – things can get messy. So how do you move forward? Breaking […]

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Women in Business: Who Do We Take Seriously?

by Katharine Paljug May 27, 2013

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In a recent article for Forbes, Meghan Casserly writes about the “pink ghetto” of female entrepreneurs and Jolie O’Dell’s “tweet heard ‘round the… blogosphere’” (as Casserly describes it): “Women: Stop making startups about fashion, shopping, & babies. At least for the next few years. You’re embarrassing me.” Casserly points out a big problem with this […]

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Investing for Beginners: Learn About the Stock Market

by Katharine Paljug May 20, 2013

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You’ve received a beginner’s guide to investing and have asked yourself if you’re ready to invest. But how much do you know about the stock market? If the answer is “not very much,” “nothing at all,” or “it’s a scary, scary place,” you’re not alone. Though women now make up a significant portion of stock […]

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How to Prepare for End of Life Finances

by Katharine Paljug May 10, 2013

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It can be hard to think of the end of your life when you’re in the middle of living it. No one ever expects to get fatally ill or end up in a car crash. But if the unthinkable happens, it will be devastating for those you leave behind. Not only are they grieving, but […]

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Tricks and Tips to Pay for Grad School

by Katharine Paljug April 22, 2013

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Grad schools that offer financial aid aren’t doing it to be nice and help you out.  Any university you might apply to wants to make itself look good, and they want to bring in students that will better the school’s image; offering financial aid is one way they attract desirable students. So getting an offer […]

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Where to Find Scholarships for College

by Katharine Paljug April 1, 2013

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College is becoming more expensive than ever. With historically high numbers of applicants and drastic funding cuts, many schools are offering only minimal financial aid.   Many students are left thinking that the only option is to take out huge loans and hope they’ll get a good enough job after graduation to pay off the debt. […]

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How to Give Your Two Weeks’ Notice

by Katharine Paljug March 27, 2013

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For many women, working up the nerve to hand in your two weeks’ notice is a long and terrifying process. Not because you don’t know if you should or not–usually, it’s pretty clear when a job just isn’t right. But the scary thought, “What happens next?” can keep even the savviest businesswoman paralyzed. How will […]

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The DOs and DON’Ts of Networking: How to Network Like a Pro

by Katharine Paljug March 18, 2013

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In any business, networking is a crucial part of growing your client base.  It’s also a key way to increase the number and variety of opportunities that come your way, and it can help you advance to the next level of your career. But business networking is a tricky thing. It can look and feel […]

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Tax Info: Choosing the Best Way to File Your Taxes

by Katharine Paljug February 25, 2013

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For all of us, filing taxes is a huge pain wrapped in a series of never-ending questions. With the rise of e-filing, smartphone, and tablet apps, in addition to the traditional filing methods, it seems like there are way too many options to pick from. So how do you choose the best filing method for […]

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How to Get Over the Working Mom Guilt: Tips from an Entrepreneur

by Katharine Paljug February 20, 2013

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Whether you are an employee, a small business owner, a consultant, or a CEO; if you are also a mother, you find yourself constantly faced with the choice: provide for the family and children you love, or spend more time with them? When the things we love come into conflict with the way we earn […]

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How to File Joint Taxes For the First Time

by Katharine Paljug February 13, 2013

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Filing taxes together for the first time is a stumbling block for many married couples. If you’ve already examined your financial situation and decided that filing jointly is the best choice for you and your spouse, then it’s important to go through the process of filing step by step to make sure nothing is left […]

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Married and Filing Taxes? How to Decide to File Joint or Separate

by Katharine Paljug February 11, 2013

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One of the first major financial challenges that married couples face is their first time filing taxes together.  Even if you are used to managing your own finances and tax reporting, adding another person to the equation can leave you facing a number of difficult decisions. How do you file taxes when married? Should you […]

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Money & Marriage: How Three Women Figured Out a System That Works for Them

by Katharine Paljug February 4, 2013

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Deciding how to manage money after marriage is a series of difficult decisions.  How many accounts should you have? Who handles bills, taxes, savings, and retirement planning? How much should be combined and how much should be kept separate? These choices are difficult because there is no one right answer for everyone, and the system […]

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Students and Money: Is Your College Student Ready for a Credit Card?

by Katharine Paljug December 21, 2012

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After the financial crisis in 2008, many banks and parents decided credit for those between 18 and 22 was a terrible idea.  Students were already accumulating hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt in student loans, they decided, giving them credits cards as well just seemed like a recipe for disaster.  Managing credit should wait […]

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