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10 Smart Ways to Prepare for Your Taxes If You Freelance
Jan 05

10 Smart Ways to Prepare for Your Taxes If You Freelance

Becoming a freelancer doesn’t just change the way you work; it also changes the way you manage your money. One area that requires special attention when you’re self-employed is your tax filing. To be successful as a freelancer, you have to treat it like a business in terms of marketing yourself and how you treat

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Ways to Tap Into Your Retirement Fund Early and What You’ll Owe In Taxes

Ways to Tap Into Your Retirement Fund Early and What You’ll Owe In Taxes

If you’ve been saving regularly, you’ve likely built up a decent nest egg in your retirement plan. When you’ve got some hefty bills coming your way, it might be tempting to cash out some of your savings. Is this a good idea? Well, it really depends on a few different factors. There are costs to

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How to Find Freelance Work Without Wasting Your Time or Money
Jan 04

How to Find Freelance Work Without Wasting Your Time or Money

Going from a 9 to 5 gig to a full-time freelance career usually isn’t something you can do overnight. Unless you luck out and the work falls in your lap, you’re going to have to spend some of your time hustling up jobs. Trying to nab clients can be frustrating, especially since you’re not getting paid for

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4 Moves You Need to Make Immediately After Your Credit Card Is Hacked
Jan 03

4 Moves You Need to Make Immediately After Your Credit Card Is Hacked

If you paid for the bulk of your holiday shopping with plastic, you may not be looking forward to your first statement of the new year but you can’t afford not to. The holidays are prime time for identity thieves who want to get their hands on your personal information, as two MyBankTracker staffers recently

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Bank Smarter In 2015 With These 4 Financial Resolutions
Jan 02

Bank Smarter In 2015 With These 4 Financial Resolutions

Once the new year rolls around, people start thinking about what they plan to do differently and for many of them, that means getting a better grip on their money. Paying off debt, finally learning to live on a budget and saving more all rank highly on the list of most popular financial resolutions. If

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How Do You Know When Debt Settlement Is Worth It?
Jan 01

How Do You Know When Debt Settlement Is Worth It?

As a college student with essentially no knowledge of personal finance, I didn’t really understand what I was signing up for when I opened half a dozen credit cards. All I knew was that I now had a way to buy the stuff I wanted, along with a stack of free t-shirts. What I didn’t

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The Top 5 Financial News of 2014 That Will Continue to Save You Money In 2015
Dec 31

The Top 5 Financial News of 2014 That Will Continue to Save You Money In 2015

2015 is here. Doesn’t it feel like 2014 just flew by? It’s amazing though just how much has happened in the last year. We had elections that changed the political balance in the United States, a return to the Cold War days with Russia stirring a revolt in the Ukraine, and multiple commercial planes crashing

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How I Successfully Paid Off $5,000 In Credit Card Debt
Dec 27

How I Successfully Paid Off $5,000 In Credit Card Debt

When you’re stuck in credit card debt, it can feel like there’s no way out. I know that’s how I felt. I graduated college debt-free but after a couple years of careless spending, I built up a hefty credit card balance of $5,000. I knew things had to change and fast. Fortunately, I was able

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Should You Ditch Your AMEX Bluebird Card for Chime?
Dec 26

Should You Ditch Your AMEX Bluebird Card for Chime?

Prepaid cards are a great alternative to a debit card if you don’t like having to deal with the bank on a regular basis or you just want a convenient way to spend without carrying around a walletful of cash. With so many different ones to choose from, taking the time to compare prepaid cards

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5 Money-Saving Bank Account Perks You’re Not Taking Advantage Of
Dec 25

5 Money-Saving Bank Account Perks You’re Not Taking Advantage Of

Opening a new checking or savings account usually involves a certain amount of paperwork and if you’re like most people, you probably don’t take time to read through all of it. I readily admit that I’ve skimmed over things like fee schedules and disclosure statements more than once. The problem is that when you’re not

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