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Susan Strasbaugh added a discussion to the group Powers
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Taxes 101: What You Know May Impact What You Owe

“In this world,” American founding father Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” If taxes are indeed as inevitable as Franklin suggested, how do we make the best of our status as taxpayers? It starts with understanding the basics: the nature of the tax code and the responsibilities it bestows upon taxpaying individuals, couples and business entities, plus the advantages that come with being proactive about fulfilling those responsibilities,…See More
Jan 31, 2013
Susan Strasbaugh added a discussion to the group Powers
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10 Money Resolutions for the New Year

Want to start the New Year the right way? Then choose a New Year’s Resolution worth keeping. Why not pick one that can make a real difference where it counts — in your bank account? No need to be a hero here. Focusing on just one money resolution (instead of several) gives you the best chance of actually sticking to it, said John W. Eckel, CFP®, at Pinnacle Investment Management in Simsbury, Conn. “Limit yourself. You don’t want to get overwhelmed by trying to tackle too much.” Where to start?…See More
Dec 10, 2012
Susan Strasbaugh added a discussion to the group Powers
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7 Smart Spending Tips to Avoid the Holiday Humbug

Over one shoulder hovers an elf, devilishly waving a credit card, goading you to buy! buy! buy! this holiday season, without regard to the consequences. Over the other shoulder floats an angelic elf, strumming a harp, urging you to be generous yet sensible in your holiday spending. All the screaming deals, deep discounts and relentless advertising make it easy for consumers to ignore financial reality and their conscience during the holiday shopping season. Yet according to personal finance…See More
Nov 9, 2012
Susan Strasbaugh added a discussion to the group Powers
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Long-Term Care Insurance: Who Needs it?

The answer to the question posed in the headline, according to Peter C. Hafner, CFP® of Hafner Financial in Buffalo, N.Y., is just about everyone. “The real question,” said Hafner, “is, who doesn’t need long-term care insurance? If you can afford it, you should probably get it.” People need long-term care insurance, or LTCI, for many of the same reasons they need other kinds of insurance, whether it’s life, health, disability, homeowner’s, or automobile: to protect themselves and their loved…See More
Sep 26, 2012
Susan Strasbaugh added a discussion to the group Powers
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When ID Theft Strikes: 10 Ways to Strike Back

“It will never happen to me.” That’s probably what many of the roughly 15 million Americans who are victimized each year by identity theft tell themselves, before they discover it has indeed happened to them. According to the Rob Douglas, an identity theft expert with www.identitytheft.info/about identity theft costs those 15 million victims close to $50 billion in financial losses, or roughly $3,500 per person. And that figure doesn’t include…See More
Aug 15, 2012
Susan Strasbaugh added a discussion to the group Fountain
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When ID Theft Strikes: 10 Ways to Strike Back

“It will never happen to me.” That’s probably what many of the roughly 15 million Americans who are victimized each year by identity theft tell themselves, before they discover it has indeed happened to them. According to the Rob Douglas, an identity theft expert with www.identitytheft.info/about identity theft costs those 15 million victims close to $50 billion in financial losses, or roughly $3,500 per person. And that figure doesn’t include…See More
Aug 15, 2012
Susan Strasbaugh added a discussion to the group Central
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When ID Theft Strikes: 10 Ways to Strike Back

“It will never happen to me.” That’s probably what many of the roughly 15 million Americans who are victimized each year by identity theft tell themselves, before they discover it has indeed happened to them. According to the Rob Douglas, an identity theft expert with www.identitytheft.info/about identity theft costs those 15 million victims close to $50 billion in financial losses, or roughly $3,500 per person. And that figure doesn’t include…See More
Aug 15, 2012
Susan Strasbaugh added a discussion to the group Briargate
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When ID Theft Strikes: 10 Ways to Strike Back

“It will never happen to me.” That’s probably what many of the roughly 15 million Americans who are victimized each year by identity theft tell themselves, before they discover it has indeed happened to them. According to the Rob Douglas, an identity theft expert with www.identitytheft.info/about identity theft costs those 15 million victims close to $50 billion in financial losses, or roughly $3,500 per person. And that figure doesn’t include…See More
Aug 15, 2012
Susan Strasbaugh added a discussion to the group Powers
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Staying Power: Four Tips to Help Entrepreneurs Prosper in Turbulent Times

Entrepreneurs are risk-takers with the courage to stake their time and money on a business venture whose success is anything but guaranteed. But without such a guarantee, entrepreneurs also need to be smart financially by taking steps to protect themselves, their families and their businesses from the kind of economic turmoil that in recent years has negatively-impacted many small and mid-sized companies. From 2007 to 2010 the small business failure rate rose 40 percent, according to the global…See More
Jul 24, 2012
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Applying for Financial Aid: A Quick FAFSA Primer

Applying for Financial Aid: A Quick FAFSA Primer With the price of a college education rising anywhere from 5 to 10 percent nationally each year, even in difficult economic times, students and families are relying on financial aid more heavily now than ever before. In 2010-11, for example, undergraduate students received an average of $12,455 per full-time equivalent student in financial aid, according to the College Board. But how to get a share of those funds? Time to get to know FAFSA — Free…See More
Mar 8, 2012
Susan Strasbaugh added a discussion to the group Fountain
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Add These 10 Tasks to Your 2012 To Do List

Add These 10 Tasks to Your 2012 To Do List What does 2012 have in store for you? Alongside the anniversaries, birthdays, vacations and other big dates looming in the year ahead, here are 10 key dates that financial planning experts suggest you circle on your calendar (or in your smartphone calendar app). Let’s count them down:10. Open a 2012 tax folder. Here’s the place to put all your tax…See More
Feb 23, 2012
Susan Strasbaugh added a discussion to the group Central
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Add These 10 Tasks to Your 2012 To Do List

Add These 10 Tasks to Your 2012 To Do List What does 2012 have in store for you? Alongside the anniversaries, birthdays, vacations and other big dates looming in the year ahead, here are 10 key dates that financial planning experts suggest you circle on your calendar (or in your smartphone calendar app). Let’s count them down:10. Open a 2012 tax folder. Here’s the place to put all your tax…See More
Feb 23, 2012
Susan Strasbaugh added a discussion to the group Central
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Even Everyday Folks Need a Financial Plan

Even Everyday Folks Need a Financial Plan Everyone has a financial plan, whether they realize it or not. “It’s the financial life you are living right now,” explains Leslie Beck, a certified financial planner at Compass Wealth Management in Maplewood, N.J. A person’s goals and aspirations, the choices they make everyday about how to spend, save, invest and share their money to get them where they want to go, these constitute a financial plan, said Beck. The real question is whether the choices…See More
Feb 9, 2012
Susan Strasbaugh added a discussion to the group Briargate
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10 Ideas for a New Year’s Resolution Worth Keeping

10 Ideas for a New Year’s Resolution Worth Keeping New Year’s resolutions, the skeptics say, are made to be broken. How about if you could prove the skeptics wrong by making a resolution you can actually keep, one that if kept, may drastically improve your financial outlook for 2012 and beyond? Instead of a grand gesture, total abstinence from sweets, for example, or quitting a bad habit cold turkey at the stroke of midnight Jan. 1 try making a resolution that’s ambitious yet eminently…See More
Jan 4, 2012
Susan Strasbaugh added a discussion to the group Powers
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10 Ideas for a New Year’s Resolution Worth Keeping

10 Ideas for a New Year’s Resolution Worth Keeping New Year’s resolutions, the skeptics say, are made to be broken. How about if you could prove the skeptics wrong by making a resolution you can actually keep, one that if kept, may drastically improve your financial outlook for 2012 and beyond? Instead of a grand gesture, total abstinence from sweets, for example, or quitting a bad habit cold turkey at the stroke of midnight Jan. 1 try making a resolution that’s ambitious yet eminently…See More
Jan 4, 2012
Susan Strasbaugh added a discussion to the group Central
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10 Ideas for a New Year's Resolution Worth Keeping

10 Ideas for a New Year’s Resolution Worth Keeping New Year’s resolutions, the skeptics say, are made to be broken. How about if you could prove the skeptics wrong by making a resolution you can actually keep, one that if kept, may drastically improve your financial outlook for 2012 and beyond? Instead of a grand gesture, total abstinence from sweets, for example, or quitting a bad habit cold turkey at the stroke of midnight Jan. 1 try making a resolution that’s ambitious yet eminently…See More
Jan 4, 2012

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At 5:59pm on August 5, 2010, Bob Stephens said…
Donna ... I appreciate you posting and we're glad to have back a contributor from 'Your Hub' days! If you can, and Susan doesn't mind, add her profile photo to her page so I can use it in the weekly print edition. It's a long story with no art, so that'll help a bit. Holler if you need help with anything! My cell is 648-9076.
At 4:38pm on August 5, 2010, Katy Booth said…
Hi Susan!

Welcome to Fresh*Ink -- hope you will find the site a fun place to post your photos and thoughts and see what else is going on around the Springs! Feel free to join any communities you'd like and let us know what you're up to!

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