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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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A Safe Travels Guide

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According to AAA, an estimated 35% of Americans plan to take a vacation this year of more than 50 miles away from home. Traveling to new cities and countries is fun and exciting. Whether your up-coming trip is a family vacation, a honeymoon, or a solo adventure, you need to make sure you are doing everything you can to protect yourself and your loved ones. Even we understand that sometimes you have to spend a little more money to remain safe, and that is okay!

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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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Buying Vs. Renting

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Are you looking for a new place to live? Maybe you’re family is growing and you need more space, or maybe you are graduating this spring and are ready to start life on your own. Either way, you probably have questions about whether to rent or buy. One is not necessarily better that the other. It is more of a situational factor, depending on what is important to you. The list below goes through some of the pros and cons of both renting and buying to help you make the right choice for you.

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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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Freeze Food Spending

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Are you looking for ways to save on meals? From grocery shopping strategies, restaurant tips, and food preservation; we have compiled lots of ways to keep you on budget and help you waste less!

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How to Successfully Shop on Black Friday

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Black Friday is fast, furious, and sometimes dangerous. It’s dangerous because Black Friday is a day when stores give away great deals on certain things, but also try to trap you into buying full-priced items.

To buy what you want and still keep a few dollars in your pocket, here are two things you should do:

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5 Smart Money Moves to Make This Fall

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It's time to start thinking about your year-end money strategy. Christmas and New Year's are closer than you think. Use the following strategies to make the rest of the year count.

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