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Enjoy Thrift Store Shopping? Tips to Maximize Your Savings.

Thrift store shopping can be a great way to find stylish clothes or items for your home at affordable prices. As an added bonus, the money raised in a thrift store often goes to support charitable causes, at least in part.  Buying second hand also helps the environment, which is important to many people. Thrift […]

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5 Tips to Help You Keep Track of Your Finances This Year

It can be pretty difficult to keep track of your finances when you don’t know the basics — how much you’re really earning and how much you’re really spending. Sure, you may be aware of the number that should be on your paycheck, but is that the number that’s actually getting deposited into your bank […]

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Debt Consolidation: Will it Hurt Your Credit?

Your debt is starting to feel unmanageable. You can’t continue to juggle minimum payments and carry balances that don’t seem to go down. Something has to give. If you’re researching options for debt relief, you’ll likely come across two popular terms: Debt Management Plan and Debt Consolidation Loan. How do they work? How will they […]

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Did You Get a Year End Bonus? Here are 4 Smart Ways to Spend It!

The good news for American workers is this: Year End Bonus amounts are increasing. The bad news, which will come as no surprise to many of us: They aren’t so common anymore. According to Accounting Principals, a staffing and recruitment firm, year end bonus payouts in 2017 are increasing in value by 66 percent, but […]

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Need Money for College? Don’t Pay to Find It

If you need money for college, here’s how to avoid getting caught up in financial aid scams! Though college tuition and fees are rising much less than they did during the Great Recession, students are still paying more for a college education than they did in past years. That’s because the amount of college aid […]

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Identity Theft Top Consumer Concern

New study says bank fraud, Identity theft top consumers’ concerns When U.S. consumers were asked to rate their biggest fears in a recent survey, becoming the victim of a terrorist attack and even their own death or that of a loved one didn’t rank as their top worry. Identity theft and banking fraud were their […]

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5 Unexpected Costs of Home Renovations

As we look towards a new year,  updating and renovating your home may be on your list of goals. Have you considered all of the costs of home renovations? You may be looking towards a coming tax refund with plans to use it to renovate an outdated kitchen or bathroom. If you need to repair […]

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Online Resources to Help You Plan Your Charitable Donations

Your heart might be in the right place, but is your money? There’s no question: Americans can be generous. According to the Giving USA Foundation’s 2017 annual report, Americans gave charitable donations in excess of $390 billion in 2016 and that giving was driven by a rise in donations from individuals. People, on their own, donated […]

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Did You Have a Healthy Budget This Year?

If you started this year with a budget, pat yourself on the back — you’re in the minority. According to a Gallup poll, only about one in three Americans put together a written or digital household budget to document their income and expenses. Yet, for those struggling to make ends meet, creating a budget and […]

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Last Minute Holiday Shopping Tips

With the holiday season in full swing, it is easy for stressed consumers to stop paying attention to their budget. They may give in to the temptation to pull out their credit cards and assume they will figure out how to pay for things when the bills come in January.  If you are trying to […]

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