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  Finding and Interviewing Tax Advisors & Preparers
  Deciding to Hire Tax Help for Tax Return Preparation and Advice
  Getting a Safe, Reliable and Cost-Effective Car Without Breaking Your Budget
  Can You Count on Future Home Price Appreciation?
  Critical Things to do Before You Invest
  Saving More Isn't Always Better
  Financial Apps: The Best and the Rest
  Reviewing an Article from the New York Times Business Section
  Reward Credit Cards and Traveling for Free and Reduced Costs
  Should You Max Out on Your Retirement Account Contributions?
  Starting a Small Business for Tax Write-Offs
  Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
  Finding the Best Deals on Bank Checking Accounts
  Are Fitness Tracker Watches Worth Your Money and Time?
  Should You Count Your Home's Equity Toward Retirement?
  Getting Your Career and Finances on the Best Track
  Understanding and Planning Around Penalties for Early Retirement Account Withdrawals
  Dealing With Financial Service Customer Service Problems
  Update: An Income Tax Reducer You Have Probably Overlooked
  Are Social Security and Pension Payments Like Holding Bonds?
  Update: 100+% Return on Investment!
  Should You Pay Down Your Mortgage?
  Highway and Bridge Tolls Add Greatly to Car Driving Costs
  Making Home Security Systems More Affordable and Accessible
  The Keys to Making Solid Returns in the Stock Market
  Article Argues Emergency Funds Are a "Bad Idea"
  Money Management Tips to Help You Stop Fighting and Start Uniting
  Do Financial Broadcasters Have a Hidden Agenda?
  Online Daily Fantasy Sports Betting Websites
  How Large a Downpayment When Buying a Home?
  Standing Up for Yourself and Your Consumer Rights
  My Pillow: Is It the Best Pillow in the Whole Wide World?
  Dealing With Family Elder Care, Caregiver Agreements and Related Financial Issues
  Understanding and Voting in Political Contests
  Combating the Rising Tide of Healthcare Expenses
  Update: Talking Back to Your Dentist, Eye Doctor, etc.
  Cell Phones, Texting, Data Plans and More Bells and Whistles
  Should You Invest Through a Robo-Advisor Like Betterment?
  Private Banks and Investment Firms Expand Offerings
  Timeshares for Sale at Vacation Destinations




Listen to Eric's Song

Paul Shaffer (below left) and his David Letterman Band recorded Eric's song which was written by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame song writer Jake Holmes.

This song made possible by Eric's donation to