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Jen Carl

Jen Carl is a writer, blogger and mom living in Raleigh, NC. Once a big city career girl, she happily traded it in for a quiet life in the south. Jen is a reformed shopaholic who loves to help convert others to her thrifty ways. Her expertise includes budgeting, saving money and parenting. Jen enjoys crafting, cooking and DIY projects.

Posts by Jen Carl

family death preperations

3 Things to Prep Your Family for in Case of Your Death

Your death is probably the last thing you want to think about, but you can’t afford not to – especially when you have a family that you will be leaving behind. A wise person once said that the only thing… read more…

Want to Keep Your Credit Score High? Don't Close Those Old, Unused Credit Cards Just Yet
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Want to Keep Your Credit Score High? Don’t Close Those Old, Unused Credit Cards Just Yet

Keeping your credit score high isn’t as simple as paying your bills on time (though that helps!). There are many other factors to consider. I was always under the assumption that you want to close old credit cards that have no value to you. Check out our credit card calculator. As a teenager and twenty-something,… read more…

Are You Paying Too Much? How to Lower Your Property Tax | SmartAsset

Are You Paying Too Much? How to Lower Your Property Tax

As a homeowner, the one thing I dread the most each year is my property tax bill. Even though we currently rent our place now, we still have our old house as an income property. The tax bill still comes each year. Over time our taxes have crept up little by little even though our… read more…

shopping for cell phone plan
Personal Finance

How to Keep Your Sanity When Shopping for a Cell Phone Plan

Are you getting the best deal on your cell phone? Did you ever take the time to compare other companies or do you just pay your phone bill because you don’t want to take the time to shop around? I am one of those people. I love to save money but I can never get… read more…

house for rent

5 Tips For Renting Your Home

People choose to rent their homes for a variety of reasons. Maybe they were temporarily relocated by their employer or their relocation was so fast, they didn’t have time to sell. When the housing market crashed, a new wave of landlords emerged. Many people found themselves upside down in their homes, but needed to move… read more…

Ten Credit Commandments You Should Live By
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Ten Credit Commandments You Should Live By

Do you want to buy a house or car in the future and your credit has been less than perfect? Have you broken some of the rules of credit and afraid it will come back to haunt you? Having good credit is essential, especially in this economy. Banks and lenders are becoming more stringent about… read more…