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5 Worthwhile Methods to Stop Emotional Spending for Good
Jan 27

5 Worthwhile Methods to Stop Emotional Spending for Good

If your first instinct is to head to the mall for a little bit of retail therapy after a bad day, you’re not alone. According to one 2013 survey, nearly 52 percent of Americans admit to using shopping as a way to improve their mood. While studies have linked spending to a temporary boost in happiness

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Capitalize on Home Ownership Tax Benefits With These Deductions
Jan 26

Capitalize on Home Ownership Tax Benefits With These Deductions

If you purchased your first home in 2014 you’ll soon be enjoying one of the true joys of home ownership. Tax season is here and it’s time to celebrate the home ownership tax benefits granted by Uncle Sam — and we’re not just talking about the tax deduction for mortgage interest. Let’s take a look at

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Best 5 Money Management Apps for Freelancers
Jan 25

Best 5 Money Management Apps for Freelancers

The freelance life isn’t right for everyone and making it work takes a lot of trial and error, especially when it comes to how you handle your money. After half a decade of doing the freelance thing full-time, I’ve developed a solid system for budgeting, saving and paying bills but it’s still not as sophisticated as

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How to Get a Tax Saver’s Credit In Your 20s
Jan 23

How to Get a Tax Saver’s Credit In Your 20s

When you’re in your 20s, your tax filing is usually pretty straightforward. Unless you buy a house or you travel a lot for your job, you’re not going to be claiming a lot of deductions, aside from writing off the interest you’re paying on your student loans. While that means less paperwork at tax time,

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How to Use Mint: 4 More Tips and Tricks
Jan 22

How to Use Mint: 4 More Tips and Tricks

Out of all the different personal finance apps that are available, Mint is one that frequently outshines the competition. Its user-friendly design makes staying on top of your budget a little less frustrating and it doesn’t hurt that it’s free to download. While Mint seems basic on the surface, there are tons of ways you

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4 Instances When Paying Off Student Loans Early Is a Bad Idea

4 Instances When Paying Off Student Loans Early Is a Bad Idea

When you’re buried in student loan debt, unloading it as quickly as possible seems like the obvious choice. While there are some emotional and financial benefits to paying off student loans faster, there may be a better way to put your money to work. We came across this discussion on Money Talk and thought it

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5 Ways to Build Long-Term Savings With These Money-Saving Tips for 2015
Jan 21

5 Ways to Build Long-Term Savings With These Money-Saving Tips for 2015

Make 2015 the year to save and invest more money than you ever have. The trick is to stop wasting money on expenses you can control. Here are some money-saving tips for 2015 that can help pad your pocketbook. 1. Auto insurance Television commercials ask you this question all of the time: Are you paying

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What New Grads Need to Know About Filing Taxes for the First Time
Jan 20

What New Grads Need to Know About Filing Taxes for the First Time

Tax season is in full swing and if it’s your first time filing, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed. Deciphering the complexities of the tax code is near impossible unless you’re a tax expert and even then, it can still be tricky. If you’re not sure what you’re doing or you overlook something by

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4 Reasons You’re Ready to Move to an Online Bank

4 Reasons You’re Ready to Move to an Online Bank

Big banks have gotten a bad reputation over the last decade or so, as customers are increasingly facing higher fees and less than stellar customer service. Not only that, 78 percent of Americans still blame big banks for the financial crisis, according to a 2014 consumer banking study conducted by Harris Poll. Online banks, by

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How Safe Is Mint?
Jan 19

How Safe Is Mint?

If you need an easy-to-use tool for tracking your spending and keeping tabs on your budget, Mint.com is an excellent choice. Instead of visiting multiple sites to check your bank account or credit card balances, you can view everything at once using this free app. With so many security breaches making the news in 2014,

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