Tips to Reduce Your Power Bill

As the weather changes, your household energy bills may rise. When combined with regular rate increases from the power company, bigger electricity and gas bills could put a pinch on family finances.
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Tips to Teach Kids the Value of Money

After a recent study from the University of Cambridge, The Money Advice Service located in the United Kingdom says that kids’ money habits are formed by age seven.
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What is Financial Fitness and Why is it Important?

Your budget is a gym for your money
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How A Christmas Club Savings Account Can Help You Budget for the Holidays

With about 12 weeks left before Christmas, there’s still time to save for the upcoming holiday. For many people, this is a fun-filled but expensive time of year. Even if you didn’t set up a Christmas Club account at your bank or credit union, you still have time to set aside a bit of money from each paycheck to help keep your budget stable throughout the upcoming ...
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You Can Now Get Free Credit Freezes from Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion

As of Friday, September 21, 2018, consumers can get credit freezes through all three major credit reporting bureaus at no charge.
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What are some advantages to using cash for purchases?

In today’s society, there are multitudes of ways to access and pay for goods. From debit and credit cards, to pay services such as PayPal and Venmo, each type of payment method offers advantages and usually some disadvantages. One payment method which has many advantages is the good old greenback, or cash.
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Overlooked Auto Expenses

Beyond keeping gas in your car, driving has costs that many people forget to account for. Unexpected auto expenses can wreck your budget if you don’t have an emergency fund in place.
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Prepare for Unexpected Medical and Dental Bills

Even the most organized and financial competent people experience unexpected medical bills that could disrupt their budget. A simple eye infection that requires immediate treatment could cost $100-$200 at a walk-in or minute clinic. If you have insurance, that cost could be as low as $20 for the co-pay, but you may still be required to pay $80-$100 for the antibiotic ...
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Unexpected Expenses: Child Care and Elder Care Costs

For some families, elder care or child care expenses can come on quite suddenly and take more out of the family budget than the rent or mortgage payment. While everyone’s situation varies, the Child/Dependent tax credit offers some relief. It’s important to understand how this tax credit helps middle and low-income Americans afford to care for their loved ones while ...
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Recent IRS Tax Changes and Your Paycheck Withholdings

According to the IRS, a little over 70% of taxpayers received a refund in 2017. While many people enjoy the extra financial boost, the truth is that if you get a tax refund, it means you are overpaying the IRS throughout the year. A quick checkup could help you decide whether to file a new W-4 form with your employer to increase your paychecks.
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