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3 Tips to Thrifty Travel

Who wouldn’t mind spending this summer sipping bubbly on a private island? Well, until that lotto ticket cashes out, it’s probably going to take travelling on a budget to get you there. There are lots of ways to stretch a dollar when you’re hitting the road. Here are some of the basics.

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Keeping Cool on a Budget: 3 Refreshing Homemade Drinks for the Summer

With summer around the corner, you’re probably looking to beat the heat without breaking your wallet. If you want to stay cool and keep it classy, here are a few summer drink recipes that you can handle at home.

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Newlyweds: How to Join Finances and Keep the Peace

One of the biggest challenges faced by new couples today is money management. The hard truth is, joining finances with someone else can be tough. While the solution may vary from couple to couple, there are several practices to keep in mind that can benefit us all.

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10 Money Lessons for Kids

Kids who learn to be financially savvy definitely have an edge in life once they leave home. Instead of learning about debt the hard way, they’ll be more likely to be inspired to opens IRAs and save for down payments on a home, car, or other important purchases. But kids don't learn about money on their own. It takes deliberate parental guidance to instill kids with good money sense.

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3 Tips For Lending Money to Friends and Family

The strongest of relationships can be tested when money comes into play. That's why many people feel uneasy about lending money to their loved ones. They want to help, but often worry if their relationship will be affected. If you're considering lending money to friends or family members, know that it is possible to have a positive experience --but you've got to establish your personal boundaries, set some ground rules, and put the loan in writing.

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Protect Yourself From Tax Theft Fraud

Tax time is coming to a close, but if you haven’t filed yet, there's one thing you should keep in mind: tax theft fraud. Over the past few years, the IRS increased their efforts to help thousands of Americans affected by tax fraud through identity theft. But what does this mean to you, and how can you prevent your own identity being stolen through tax fraud?

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Credit Unions vs. Big Banks

Maybe you’re considering switching financial institutions and you’re not quite sure what you’re looking for. We’re here to help. The difference between credit unions and big banks is huge, and if you’re looking to switch, a credit union is the way to go. Here's why...

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Pros and Cons of a Health Savings Account

When it comes time to choose insurance coverage, you'd like to find the best option, but is a health savings account (HSA) the best route? Here are a few of the pros and cons to health savings accounts.

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The Real Deal With Discount Sites

Sites like Groupon and LivingSocial promise unique deals with deep discounts and it's certainly possible to find such offers, but do these sites consistently provide money-saving offers? Here are a few things to consider before committing yourself to the siren song of a coupon site.

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Renter’s Insurance 101: Financial Security and Peace of Mind

Life is unpredictable. Accidents happen when we least expect them, and the consequences can put a serious strain on your wallet. If you’re renting property and want to avoid the financial burden of replacing all of your treasured belongings in case of an unexpected disaster, you may want to consider purchasing renter’s insurance to keep yourself safe.

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College Students and Credit: What Your Student Needs to Know

College is an exciting time for young adults eager to make their way in the world. It’s a time for growth, change, and the development of habits that will be with them for the rest of their lives.

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Save in Time for Spring Break Travel

Is there any better way to shake off winter blues than with an awesome spring break trip? The good news is, your warm weather festivities don’t have to break the bank when you indulge in a little early planning and follow these smart spring break savings tips.

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IRAs and Their Benefits for Millennials

While many recent graduates are too busy celebrating to even begin to think about their retirement plans, there’s no time to waste when it comes to investing.

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Should You Consider Taking Out a Loan For a Boat, RV, or Camper?

Got your heart set on an RV, boat, or camper? Here are a few things to think about before you begin shopping!

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Early Investments: CD Accounts for Kids

Your little ones are growing fast. Before you know it, they’ll be done with school, out the door, and heading off to college. Wouldn’t it be great if you could prepare them with a little financial wisdom before that time?

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