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Emergency Fund—Start Small, Think Big

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Many people wonder how they can build an emergency fund when they’re trying to pay off their debts. It isn't as hard as you might think. The strategy is to start small, change a few habits, and change your mind set.

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Getting Out of Debt as a Couple

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Debt your partner has can be a cause for concern. When it comes to love and money, of course you and your significant other love each other. It’s also critically important to know where the other person stands financially. Debts brought into the relationship could affect your financial well-being and ability to reach milestone goals in your life together. Here are some tips on getting out of debt as a couple:

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Preparing Financially for a Family

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Anticipating the birth of your first baby is at once exciting and intimidating. Along with the countless joys this new little person brings comes the insistence that you plan your family’s financial future wisely. Still, rather than be daunted by the facts – according to recent estimates, raising a child from birth to age 18 costs on average about $230,000 – it’s best to start at the beginning with a reasonable budget, thoughtful planning and a long-term dedication to savings.

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Financial Literacy Quiz

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How financially literate are you? Do you have the skills and knowledge to spend money wisely, save for emergencies, use credit cards sensibly, and protect your identity from being stolen?

This short quiz will help you test your financial literacy to see where you need to focus to improve your financial future.

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What Does Your Tax Refund Say About You

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How much are you getting back in tax refunds this year? A little, a lot? Are you one of those people confused as to why you owe money while all your friends and family are getting a nice check in the mail?
The average tax refund is more than $2,000. While it may seem pretty awesome to get that big check in the mail, it's actually an indication that you may be overwithholding.

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Strategies to Make College More Affordable

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With the price of college still on an upward trajectory, families are looking for ways to make higher education affordable.

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Balancing Debt and Saving

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When you want to pay off debt fast, that impulse often means depleting your savings. So how do you pay off debt AND save money?

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Financial Advice You Should Never Follow

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The beauty of the Internet is that anyone can start a blog. The ugly truth about the Internet is that anyone can start a blog. And no, that's no typo. There's a lot of content floating out there about how to manage your money and build long-term wealth, but not all of it is good.

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Savings and Benefits of Buying Used Wheels

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Ever wonder why the used-car industry is such a big hit? The price tag attached to a used vehicle is usually several thousand dollars less than for new cars. If you buy a new car, it typically depreciates about 20% in value the minute you drive it off the lot.

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Six Rules for Managing Credit Card Debt

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If you want to be the master of your credit card debt load, follow these key rules:

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