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Your spending habits not only affect you now but will impact you later in life.  That's why it is important to implement smart spending practices so you have more money, pay off debt, and build a savings.  This section will provide you with applicable tips on how to develop smart spending practices so you can start putting them into practice and make positive changes.

How can you minimize the financial damage of Back-to-School spending?

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Believe it or not, there is a new school year right around the corner and parents are rushing to make sure their students are prepared for the first day of classes; but at what financial cost? Here we have highlighted some suggestions for how to save some money this back-to-school season!

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The RAIN Method for Buying a Car

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The new year is right around the corner, which means this is the perfect time to be shopping for that “new year, new car” upgrade you have been waiting for. Whether you're looking for a brand new car or a reliable used ride, you want to get the most for your money. The process can be made easier by following the RAIN method: Research, Ask, Investigate, and Negotiate.

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10 Tips for Back-to-School Shopping

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This month’s blog comes from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office who discuss vital back-to-school shopping mistakes that could cost you big time.

With the new school year just around the corner, we’re providing tips for the fall shopping season, including knowing when rain checks may apply, when “free” offers may cost you, and ways to avoid scams.

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A Royal Price tag for a Royal Wedding: How does the Meghan/Harry wedding compare to the average commoners special day?

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It should come to no surprise that the royal wedding of Meghan Markel and Prince Harry will be a little bit on the pricy side. With the wedding season beginning in the U.S. as well, many brides are planning to look towards May 19th as inspiration for their own upcoming nuptials, but can the average bride fit the bill?

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The Best Ways to Use a Few Hundred Dollars

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Sometimes it can feel like you need thousands of dollars to move the needle on your finances even a little bit.

So if you find yourself with a few hundred dollars--say from a tax refund or an unexpected windfall--the temptation to spend it can be great. After all, how much difference can $500 make? But used wisely, even a few hundred dollars can put you on the road to a more financially secure future.

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How to Give Wisely This Holiday Season

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If you're going to give, it makes sense to do it intelligently and for the right reasons. Here are four steps to making sure your hard-earned money goes to a cause that reflects your values and will have the most impact.

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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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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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5 Things to Consider When Moving Out on Your Own

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Graduating college is a huge milestone, but moving out on your own, away from dorms and comfortable college-town apartments can be an even bigger step.

If you've recently graduated, here are five things to consider before making the big move.

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7 Ways You Can Afford to Go Back to School

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You don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to go back to school. If you know where to look, financial assistance is available for any level of involvement, whether it's online or in the classroom, for credit or just for the enjoyment.  Here's how you can afford it.

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