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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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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