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5 Financial Steps to Take Before Becoming a Stay-at-Home Parent
Yesterday, Dec 17

5 Financial Steps to Take Before Becoming a Stay-at-Home Parent

Welcoming a new addition to your family for the first time is a big step and it’s definitely not something you want to do without planning ahead. Aside from buying all the essential baby gear, you also need to work out your financial strategy, especially when one parent is planning to leave their job and

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6 Private Student Loan Facts Lenders Won’t Tell You About
Dec 16

6 Private Student Loan Facts Lenders Won’t Tell You About

Borrowing money to pay for college has become the norm for many  young adults these days, with total student loan debt in the U.S. topping $1 trillion. While most of that consists of federal loans, students are also borrowing from private lenders to the tune of approximately $165 billion. While private loans can help to fill

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What to Do When You Get Laid Off: 10 Ways to Bounce Back

What to Do When You Get Laid Off: 10 Ways to Bounce Back

What to do when you get laid off?  It’s a sobering and sometimes scary question that about 300,000 Americans have to ask themselves each week, according to the U.S. Department of Labor which reports weekly jobless claims — the latest number of Americans filing unemployment insurance benefits. So, if you got laid off yesterday, last

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5 Smart Moves to Make During Your Student Loan Grace Period
Dec 15

5 Smart Moves to Make During Your Student Loan Grace Period

The student loan grace period is meant to give grads some time to adjust during the transition from college to the working world. Essentially, you’ve got a six-month window to find a job so you can be financially prepared for when your loan payments are due. The mistake that many grads make is thinking that

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The Indicators of a Good Economy You Should Know About
Dec 14

The Indicators of a Good Economy You Should Know About

How is the economy doing? How can anybody tell? In the news, there is always a lot of talk about gas prices, unemployment figures, the stock market, gross domestic product, consumer spending, consumer confidence, but what does it all mean? What are some real indicators of a good economy? The unemployment rate Everyone knows how

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7 Apps to Find the Best Deals for Your Holiday Shopping
Dec 13

7 Apps to Find the Best Deals for Your Holiday Shopping

With roughly two weeks left in the holiday shopping season, it’s crunch time for those of us who haven’t quite crossed off all the items on their list. At this stage in the game, it’s easy to overspend if you haven’t planned ahead but you still have time to snag some deals. Using your smartphone

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10 Reasons Not to Take Out a Reverse Mortgage
Dec 12

10 Reasons Not to Take Out a Reverse Mortgage

They say, home is where your heart is, well for millions of older Americans it’s also where their money is. According to the National Lenders Association (NRMLA), collective home equity for seniors 62 and older is $3.73 trillion, up 22 percent since spring 2012. And this year, as they have for the last four years,

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What to Consider Before Buying a New Home and Renting Out Your Old Home
Dec 11

What to Consider Before Buying a New Home and Renting Out Your Old Home

You’ve decided to move out of your home. For whatever reason, it’s time to move and you’ve laid out a plan as to what will happen next. The traditional move is to sell your old home and move into a new home. Depending on what your financial situation is, sometimes that home is a larger

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9 Annoying Bank Policies That Make No Sense

9 Annoying Bank Policies That Make No Sense

Sticking your money under the mattress is one way to keep it safe but if you’re like most people, you probably prefer to stash it in the bank. Unfortunately, that can open the door to some unnecessary headaches when you’re trying to manage your cash. While banks are governed by federal regulations, they have some

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How to Cope With Your Future Spouse’s Overwhelming Student Loan Debt
Dec 10

How to Cope With Your Future Spouse’s Overwhelming Student Loan Debt

One of the toughest transitions that many couples face after tying the knot is figuring out how to merge their money. That means working out a budget, setting some goals and deciding on a plan for tackling your debt. When one of you is staring down six figures in student loans, it can loom like

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