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Financial Fixes for 3 Sneaky Summer Expenses
Jun 24

Financial Fixes for 3 Sneaky Summer Expenses

Summer time is when many of us get a bit lax with our finances – and it’s easy to see why. The weather is nice outside, the kids may be off from school, and vacation or travel plans beckon. None of this puts you in the mindset of watching your bills or sticking to a

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13 Signs You’re Still Broke
Jun 23

13 Signs You’re Still Broke

1. You have to constantly explain to people that you’re not homeless — you choose to look this way.   2. Waiting for the restroom is an everyday occurrence because you live in a tiny apartment with roommates. 3. You don’t eat out often, but when you do, it’s from the dollar menu. 4. You

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Why a Lost Wallet Will Definitely Ruin Your Trip But Not Your Finances
Jun 22

Why a Lost Wallet Will Definitely Ruin Your Trip But Not Your Finances

Is there anything scarier than losing your wallet in a foreign destination? Imagine reaching into your pocket or purse and finding that it’s gone. If you’re like most Americans, your wallet is essential to everyday life. But now your ID, credit cards, and cash have all been lost in the blink of an eye. When

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7 Mid-Year Money Moves to Make Now That Will Take the Pain Away During Tax Time
Jun 21

7 Mid-Year Money Moves to Make Now That Will Take the Pain Away During Tax Time

Avoid The Downsides Of Downsizing In Retirement 5 Ways To Get Maximum Student Financial Aid After April 15, most of us are happy to ban all thoughts of income tax until next April’s deadline looms. But taking a little time to do a midyear check-in and tuneup can really be worth it – saving you last-minute panic

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What Every 20-Something Should Know About Credit Scores for a Hopeful Future
Jun 20

What Every 20-Something Should Know About Credit Scores for a Hopeful Future

When you are in your 20s, life is a balancing act. Rent, utilities, food, student loans, credit card payments, and other obligations all need to be juggled, and usually on minimal income. You might be depending on a roommate or three to get by, and money might not be pouring in smoothly enough to keep

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Why a Joint Checking Account Is Pointless for You If You Can’t Answer This One Question
Jun 19

Why a Joint Checking Account Is Pointless for You If You Can’t Answer This One Question

A joint checking account allows multiple individuals to jointly contribute to, withdraw from, and access the same pool of money, or funds. Often married couples open joint accounts in order to simplify managing the household finances. Each individual that is listed as a joint manager to the account is assumed to be an equal owner (unless special circumstances prevail),

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How to Fight for Your Stolen Money In a Credit Card Dispute So You Come Out Winning
Jun 18

How to Fight for Your Stolen Money In a Credit Card Dispute So You Come Out Winning

Be honest: How often do you go through your credit card statement to check for errors? Billing errors happen all the time and if you aren’t cognizant of them, you could end up losing a lot of money. From getting billed for something you never bought to facing duplicate charges for purchasing a single item — there

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5 Reasons Why Cosigning for a Loan Is Always Bad News
Jun 16

5 Reasons Why Cosigning for a Loan Is Always Bad News

Suppose a loved one or child approaches you and asks you to cosign on a loan. Maybe he or she needs help purchasing a car or home and promises never to miss the monthly payments. Your loved one explains that he or she doesn’t have an established credit record or has experienced problems with credit

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Boost Your Savings By Never Paying Full Price for These 10 Everyday Services and Items

Boost Your Savings By Never Paying Full Price for These 10 Everyday Services and Items

Do you consider yourself to be part of the middle class? Five years after experiencing the worst recession since the Great Depression, millions of Americans remain unemployed, real wages have become stagnant, and fewer families can afford to buy median-priced homes. A recent poll of 1,504 adults from the Pew Research Center found that the

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7 Signs Your Loyalty Program Isn’t Rewarding Enough and Why You Should Quit
Jun 14

7 Signs Your Loyalty Program Isn’t Rewarding Enough and Why You Should Quit

Companies have long used loyalty programs as a way to get consumers to repeat business. Whether it’s airlines encouraging travelers to stick with one carrier by offering miles for flying, professional sports teams giving gifts as incentives to keep season ticket holders loyal, or credit cards enticing consumers with rewards for swiping their plastic —

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