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Insurance is a boring subject at best — and morbid, at worst. Ever heard a lively party discussion around homeowners or life insurance? Exactly. But it’s a necessary evil: ignore your insurance policies, and you may end up in deep trouble if disaster strikes. Or quite the opposite: you may be overpaying hundreds or thousands of dollars a year for policies or coverage you don’t really need.
In this week’s money management roundup, we take a look at what some of our favorite personal finance bloggers and publications have to say about insurance.
1. More isn’t always better: that’s the case, at least, when it comes to insurance. Savvy Sugar takes a look at a few policies you just don’t need.
2. Car insurance is one of those necessary evils. It’s sure helpful when emergency strikes, but paying those premiums is like swimming with an anvil. Kiplinger shows you a couple of ways to lower your car insurance costs.
3. Buying a home is a long, complicated process — and avoiding the many pitfalls along the way is key to staying sane. Not Made of Money helps you dodge the Private Mortgage Insurance trap.
4. Real estate is back in the news, and The Digerati Life looks at some of the biggest mistakes that lead us to where we are today. One entreprenuer (with no job) financed 10 homes hoping to sell quick and cash in during the housing boom. So, have we learned our lesson?
5. Or has the pendulum swung too far in the other direction? USA Today looks at potential homeowners with near perfect credit who still can’t get a loan.
6. And what about the sellers? Stuck in a down market has left people trying anything to get rid of their home. Bible Money Matters gives you 10 ideas that may help you sell your home fast.
7. With summer coming to a close, you may be tapped out on the abundance of weddings and don’t have another dime for another KitchenAid appliance. Here are some unique gift ideas from Money Crashers.
8. Does a shopping trip leave you feeling guilty? Cash Money Life teaches you the art of shopping with a clear conscience.
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