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Cashier’s Check 101: When You Need One and How to Get It

If you’re about to make a major purchase such as a new home or car, and you plan to use a significant amount of your own money, you’ll probably be asked to pay with a cashier’s check. If this process is new to you, here’s what you need to know. What is a cashier’s check? […]

Make Over Your Mortgage

Hardwood floors. Sleek new appliances. Back yard landscaping. If you own a home, chances are you have a pretty good idea about the steps you can take to improve it. But did you realize you can freshen and improve another aspect of your home? You can make over your mortgage by refinancing. There are some […]

7 Money-Savings Tips for Teens

Most teenagers probably won’t leap at the prospect of learning about personal finance on their own. That’s why it’s important to take the time to teach them smart money management. To get the conversation started, here are seven topics worth discussing to help your teen avoid costly financial missteps in the future. Encourage your teen […]

6 Ways to Save More Money in the New Year

Even if saving has never been your thing and money is tight, the coming of a new year is an opportunity to change old financial habits. Here are some ways to become a more efficient saver. 1. Budget Budgeting helps you organize your finances so you have money left over to save each month. It […]

Steps to Opening a Small Business

It takes more than a great idea and entrepreneurial spirit to be your own boss. But if you follow the right path, that dream can be within reach. Here’s what you need to do to start a small business. Create your business plan A solid business plan helps you organize your ideas and attract potential […]

How Debit Card Fraud Happens and How to Avoid It

For many people, debit cards are the perfect plastic. They offer most of the conveniences of credit cards with no risk of accumulating debt. But like credit cards, debit cards are vulnerable to rip-off artists. And debit card fraud is particularly scary because thieves can withdraw money directly from your checking account. Here’s how debit […]

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Using Equity to Winterize Your Home

There are all sorts of ways to guard your home from the winter elements. Some are cheap and may even fall in the do-it-yourself category, like adding weather stripping and caulking. Other endeavors, such as swapping out single-pane windows for energy-efficient double panes, or replacing a furnace, are beyond the skill set of most homeowners […]

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5 Steps to Get Out of Holiday Debt

It’s a holiday leftover many of us carry around for months. It’s not Aunt Edna’s fruitcake or even those few extra pounds amassed from all the holiday treats. It’s the excess credit card debt that comes from spending more than you can afford during the holiday season. Unfortunately, for many Americans, a few festive days […]

A Lower Cell Phone Bill is Calling

Cell phones. Most of us can’t live without them. We can, however, live without the monthly bills that sometimes come with having one. With all the bells and whistles with today’s cell phones, including smartphones, it’s easy to get lured in by the shiny new models. However, a new phone can quickly lose its luster […]

5 Smart Things to Do with Your Tax Return

What’s not to love about receiving money? It’s why millions and millions of people play the lottery each year. And while most won’t be lucky enough to win the jackpot, they may very well receive money in a far more common way — getting a tax refund. For some Americans, tax time is a time […]

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