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Preparing For Hurricane Season

As a homeowner, a hurricane can prove to be your biggest nightmare. Storm damages caused by flooding, strong winds and airborne projectiles can cost thousands to fix. Of course, there are steps you can take to protect your property, but where do you begin? It’s all so overwhelming!

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Beware of Social Media Scams

Over the last few years, social media scams have exploded, with fake Twitter and Facebook profiles increasing by 100% in just one year. That also means there are several types of social media scams, most which involve a phishing scheme component.

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All You Need to Know About the New Payroll Tax Rates

Have you been wondering what happened to your paycheck? Why do the amounts withheld look different? And why did your salary get a boost?

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The 20% Down Myth

If you’re desperate to own a home of your own, you are likely saving up until you have 20% of your dream home’s total value. All that’s great, but the fact is you don’t need to put down 20%.

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7 Ways To Spring Clean For Extra Cash

It’s time to get your house in shape but there’s more than just a neat house awaiting the end of all that hard work. With just a few steps, you can put some extra cash in your wallet. 

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Medical Identity Theft

Medicare is replacing its old cards with new ones. They contain an 11-digit code instead of a Social Security number. Unfortunately, even though the cards have not yet been issued, scammers are taking advantage of this change. 

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Rising Interest Rates

Interest rates have been steadily increasing over the last year. So, if you’re thinking of taking out a large loan in the near future, you might be waiting until those rates start going down again. Here’s why that might not be the best idea.

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A Dozen Tricks to Sell Your Home Quickly

If you’re looking to sell your home and start over elsewhere, you likely want that sale to happen as quickly as possible. 

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Saving on Home Renovations

Is your home in desperate need of a facelift? As you probably know, renovations don’t come cheap. In fact, the average kitchen remodel tops $60,000 and bathroom overhauls can cost $18,000!

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Take it to the Piggybank: Savings Accounts and Your Kids.

Money management is an important skill to have for young adults as they start moving out and heading off to college. The earlier the basic lessons of a savings account are taught to children, the more comfortable they'll be handling their new financial responsibilities when they do move out on their own. Starter bank accounts is an effective way to begin teaching fiscal responsibility at an early age. 

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Make Your Tax Refund Work for You!

Every year, the middle of April marks the end of the federal tax return filing season. For many Americans, that can mean seemingly endless forms, paystubs, and other paperwork. However, tax time can also be a unique opportunity for saving for your future! You can maximize tax time in three easy ways and have your tax refund work for you.

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Balancing Your Savings: Retirement vs Everything Else

Should I save money or pay down debt? Should I pay for my child’s education or save for retirement? Should I pay down my student loans or build my savings? These are valid questions, as many of us have multiple savings and debt repayment goals to achieve at the same time. Figuring out how to prioritize them can be a struggle.

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One Month at a Time - Smart Habits for Frugal Lifestyles

We’ll share a secret with you about financial security: It doesn’t matter how much money you make, it’s about the decisions you make. Living a frugal lifestyle of financial independence doesn’t need to be difficult. It’s all about small steps.

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Save Automatically

The easiest and most effective way to save is automatically. This is how millions of employees save through 401(k) and other retirement programs at work. It is also how millions of Americans save at their bank or credit union.

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How Planning Ahead Saves Money in the Long Run

It’s more than just knowing how much money is coming in and how much is going out; it involves recognizing how planning for the future can save you money in the moment. The secret to being prepared financially is to plan in advance for your expenses.

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