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2013 - The Year of Your Financial Progress

Kiffur Wrote: Dec 30, 2012 5:38 AM
Thank you. Since I'd been planning on making this year the one in which I'd start to get my finances in order - seeing what the government is, or ISN'T doing - should be a definite lesson for all of us. I have no desire to continue along the same straight path to destruction as POTUS and Congress are determined to take this country. Your column gave me further impetus to start even before January 1, like today, even.

We are at that time of the year where we start to think about all the things that we haven’t accomplished yet and embark on setting goals to improve ourselves and change behaviors. Despite best efforts, the resolutions most make before the start of a New Year start out strong, but rarely last past Valentine’s Day, especially those that concern advancing a financial position.

Debt from holiday shopping, unexpected expenses, and uncertainty about tax rates and the broader economic outlook have the potential to derail the best intentions to  improve personal financial progress.

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