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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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Is Chase Open on MLK Day?

Is Chase Open on MLK Day?

Chase is among one of more than 6,600 U.S. banks, but it holds about 9 percent of the country’s bank deposits (more than $1 trillion). When a bank of that size closes for the holidays, it’s safe to say that the potential impact on customer finances is pretty expansive. Observed on the third Monday of every

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What to Do When Your Online Bank Goes Under
Jan 18

What to Do When Your Online Bank Goes Under

Finding out that your online bank has failed isn’t exactly the greatest news, but online or traditional bank failures in general are not quite as common as it used to be. In 2014, there were just 18 bank failures, which is a far cry from the 157 that were reported in 2010. If you keep all

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6 Easy Ways to Avoid ATM Fees
Jan 17

6 Easy Ways to Avoid ATM Fees

What’s the one thing people hate more than paying for something? Paying for something they can get for free! Every year, Americans are charged millions of dollars for using an ATM that doesn’t belong to their bank. Currently, it’s the norm to pay about $5 for this fee, which may not seem like much, but these

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How the Zero-Sum Budget Can Save Your Finances If Your Income Varies
Jan 15

How the Zero-Sum Budget Can Save Your Finances If Your Income Varies

Do you ever look at your bank statement and wonder where in the world all your money went? I know I do. Tracking your money and setting a budget is a challenge for many people and it’s even harder when your income changes every month. This is a problem for the self-employed and commission-based salespeople,

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