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What You Need to Know About RV Financing

If you've been wanting to join the millions of Americans who enjoy their free-wheeling RV vacations, you can, as long as you obtain RV financing. Before you go out and fall in love with the perfect recreational vehicle, do your homework about RV financing.

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How to Manage a Joint Checking Account

No two people are exactly alike, so when two people share a joint checking account there are sure to be some problems from time to time. These problems are compounded when one person is a saver and the other is a spender.

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Finance Lessons for Your Child

Okay, so your child’s financial milestones might not make for the prettiest pictures, but the reality of the matter is that raising children to responsibly manage finances is one of the most important aspects of their upbringing. With that in mind, it’s important to start early.

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Weather Protection Basics for Any Season

We’d say that it’s nearly the season to start worrying about the weather, but isn’t it always? Across stormy spring days, brutally hot summers, and freezing, snowy winters, weather protection for your home isn’t a seasonal concern.

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Three Tips for Keeping a Spending Journal

Do you check your bank account every time you buy a newspaper or cup of coffee? Probably not. What difference does a dollar here or there make? While an impulse purchase every now and then is no cause for alarm, you might be surprised at how fast small purchases can add up.

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Budget Creation for Financial Solvency

Getting your finances under control might be easier than you think. There’s no real science or magic formula behind proper money management. All it takes is some planning, honesty, and maybe a little sacrifice to make ends meet.

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5 Steps to be Financially Prepared for Hurricane Season

June 1st marked the official start of hurricane season. While many people prepare by stocking up on necessities like water, canned goods and batteries, the process of getting finances in order tends to be overlooked.

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Get Creative with Old Glassware: DIY Home Decor

Saving money on home décor is all about tapping into your inner muse. With a little bit of imagination and creativity, you can turn just about anything into displays that channel chic, adorable, rustic or sleek. Here are a few ideas for turning old glassware into thrifty decorations for the home.

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Streaming Service: Which Television Option Is Right for You?

Once upon a time, our television options were limited to the three channels that our rabbit-ear TV antennae could pick up. Fortunately, things work a little differently these days.

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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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