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Mid-year money checkup

6 ways to re-commit to the financial resolutions you might have forgotten.

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6 things to know before your Home Equity payment comes due

Home equity lines of credit are entering the repayment period for millions of homeowners.

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6 steps to make the most of the economic recovery

With interest rates projected upward this year, now is the time to plan your financial freedom.

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7 steps to successful single-parent budgeting

What single mothers and fathers need to know to plan their family's financial freedom.

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Prioritize your debts to pay off bills the smart way

5 steps to becoming debt-free as painlessly as possible.


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10 tips for debt-free dating

How to meet your match without blowing your budget.


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Does a brand new home keep its value?

No doubt about it, a newly constructed home has tremendous appeal. But will your brand new property keep its value? The answer is not so simple. More>>

8 steps you can take to go green and save money

Save hundreds of dollars -- and benefit the planet -- with these easy energy fixes.

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9 ways to work out without wearing out your bank account

Frugal fitness finds can put being active within reach of any budget.


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7 things to know about refinancing credit card debt

How to understand whether refinancing credit card debt into a personal loan is right for you.


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9 things to know about your credit score

FICO scores, the new Vantage Score and how a credit profile helps or hurts

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9 things to know about living within your means

New grads – and everyone else – can get on track for a healthy financial future. More>>

6 ways spring cleaning can save money and reduce debt

Start national financial literacy month with money-saving spring cleaning.

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Debt negotiation vs. credit counseling: What’s the difference?

Things you need to know before seeking help for serious financial hardship.


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9 ways to overcome retirement savings setbacks

Worried you won't be able to retire? Try these tips.

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8 best moments to teach your kids financial responsibility

These tools teach money management -- now and in the future


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Ready to buy a home? Good credit and planning are the keys

9 ways to overcome obstacles to owning a home.

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6 cost-conscious routes to boosting your home's value

Balance debt and value when choosing home improvement projects.
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Rent or sell your home?

How to choose the best way to handle a house you are leaving. More>>

How to have a baby without having a financial crisis

6 tips to help new parents put their money in order before bringing a child home


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A beginner’s guide to applying for financial aid

10 things to know when seeking financial assistance for college More>>

Buried in holiday debt? Pay it off fast

8 steps to eliminate credit card debt and work toward financial freedom in 2015.

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Get fit while keeping your wallet in shape

If you resolved to get healthier in the New Year, try these eight tips to do it affordably

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8 ways to make 2015 better financially than 2014

New Year's resolutions to save money can come true this year

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10 ways to change your spending habits to save big

Planning to save money can bring future peace of mind. More>>

9 smart tax moves to make before the new year

A little prep now can minimize the pain of paying income taxes. More>>

10 tips for cutting winter costs

Preparing for cold weather can help keep winter expenses manageable.

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Plan to save this holiday season

Avoid holiday debt and New Year regret by planning ahead.

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Fixes for 5 common financial mistakes

Keep slip-ups from damaging your credit.

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Save money on holiday meals

10 tips to host a delicious dinner without going into debt.

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End-of-year car buying tips

Score a new set of wheels with less hassle. More>>

The pros and cons of debt settlement

Four years after FTC changes, consumers still need to be cautious.

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Coping with financial stress

5 ways to handle money worries.

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Answers to kids' tough money questions

Smart ways to have the money talk. More>>

Scare up Halloween savings

Halloween has quickly become one of the top consumer-spending holidays. The National Retail Federation estimates that Americans spent close to $7 billion last year on costumes, candy, decorations, pumpkins and more.  More>>

Avoid these 5 costly money-saving mistakes

Tips for maximizing your savings potential More>>

Protect yourself against identity theft

More than 13 million Americans were victims of identity-theft fraud last year. The number of victims has increased by half a million people since 2012.  More>>

Unlocking the secrets to a financially happy relationship

Fall is now second only to summer as the most popular time to tie the knot. However, before a couple says, “I do,” it is important to first have a truthful heart-to-heart talk about finances. More>>

Get a handle on medical expenses

Fast action can keep debt under control

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Should you refinance your mortgage?

Weigh the pros and cons before deciding. More>>

The importance of an emergency fund

4 reasons you need to start saving now.

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Should you change banks?

Nearly 20 percent of consumers have considered switching their checking accounts to a different financial institution, a 2012 Consumer Reports survey found.  More>>

Job search do’s and don’ts

7 tips for landing a new job.

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Six financial steps to take when you move

How to avoid letting relocation damage your credit profile More>>

Wipe out debt for good

4 keys to free yourself of credit card debt. More>>

Five valuable credit report lessons

What you can learn from checking your credit profile.

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Affordable family fun

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7 inexpensive summertime activities.

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Rebound from financial pitfalls

4 steps to getting your money affairs back in order.

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Avoid vacation debt by staying home this summer – and still have fun

  Make the most of a staycation with 10 local (and affordable) activities. More>>

Save on moving expenses to stay out of debt

Seven strategies to cut relocation costs.

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Make time for a mid-year money checkup

Now is the time to get finances back on track and dig out of debt. More>>

Plan an affordable vacation without going into debt

Stay within your means and still have fun.
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Plan a dream wedding on a dime

Say “I do” without breaking the bank.
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Say good riddance to debt

When you factor in mortgages, car loans, student loans and credit cards, the average American is more than $225,000 in debt. More>>

Tips for repaying student loans

Be smart about paying off education debt.
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4 places to provide money lessons for youngsters

Schools spend a lot of time teaching children reading, writing and arithmetic. Unfortunately, math lessons rarely include a course on how to manage finances.
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5 signs you are ready for home ownership

Owning a home is still many people’s idea of the American dream. Yet purchasing a home still requires a major financial investment and a long-term commitment.
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Test your money smarts

Take this quiz to gauge your financial IQ.
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Investing 101

Market investment tips for beginners. More>>

Secrets of debt collection agencies

It can be unsettling when a debt collector tracks you down and inquires about repayment. But owing money to a creditor does not place you completely at its mercy. More>>

Cash in on spring cleaning

6 ways clutter-busting can save you money. More>>

6 ways to cut child care costs

Ensure quality care at an affordable price More>>

Save money with social media

Find discounts and deals on Facebook and more. More>>

5 simple steps to creating a budget

A budget plays a vital role in helping manage your money, getting out of debt and staying that way. It is also a must for ensuring your long-term financial future. More>>

Romance on a budget

6 low-cost ways to show your love this Valentine's Day. More>>

5 things you need to know about the Affordable Care Act

Learn how health care reform may impact your finances. More>>

5 steps to protect your credit

Recent data breaches remind consumers to secure financial information. More>>

5 new year's resolutions for financial improvement

As you resolve to make some changes in 2014, do not forget about improving your financial health. More>>

Make 2014 the year to save money

Whether you are recovering from a holiday spending hangover or simply resolving to do better fiscally in the future, the clean slate of a new year is a perfect time to reassess your finances. More>>

4 bad money habits to break in 2014

Make 2014 your fiscally fittest year yet by kicking these bad money habits. More>>

Make the most of charitable giving and tax breaks

Giving now can save money later on taxes.
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Avoid these 6 holiday spending mistakes

This may be the most wonderful time of the year. But the holiday season also can be one of the costliest. More>>

Save money this holiday season

Avoid a spending hangover with these 5 smart tips. More>>

Keep yourself and your bank account healthy

5 steps to managing medical debt.
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Steps to saving for a down payment

Be smart with your money and move into your dream home sooner. More>>

The DOs and DON'Ts of applying for credit

Understand your risks and obligations. More>>

The changing face of debt settlement

The deeper Americans go into debt, the greater the need for debt relief assistance. If you find yourself in very serious debt, here is what you need to know about getting help. More>>

Financial survival tips for furloughed workers

Many of those who have suddenly find themselves without incomes are facing tough times. These steps can help see you through this lean time. More>>

Manage the costs of pet ownership

If your home is one of the 60 percent of U.S. households that have a pet, here are some things that you can do to ensure the well-being of your beloved furry family member without breaking the bank. More>>

Find your financial footing after bankruptcy

Six tips to get you back on track. More>>

6 financial tips for the savvy single

Taking care of business when you take care of yourself. More>>

How to survive a job loss

Here are 8 tips to help you get through lean times.
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Never too early or too late to plan for retirement

Retirement can sound almost too good to be true. Unfortunately, fewer than half know how much to save in order to maintain something close their current lifestyle. More>>

The company you're keeping on Facebook could affect your credit score

There are a number of valid reasons why you need to keep watch of the people you add and keep on Facebook. More lending outlets are turning to checking social connections online to evaluate people's loan eligibility. More>>

Top 12 vacation money savers

Whether you’re hopping in the car with the family for a weekend getaway or flying across the country, you can follow these simple tips to total vacation bliss. More>>

Save money for Mother's Day, or any day

Whether you've always wanted to take mom to Mexico or splurge on a day at the spa, here are some easy tips for saving up dinero for Mother's Day and all year round! More>>

How to say no to your boss

To create a good work-life balance, you might have to learn to say no to your bosses. More>>

"Scrooge Index" shows that New York is America's least charitable city

America's richest communities have been cross-referenced with how much, or little, those who live there give to charity. If you're looking for donations, you may want to avoid New York. More>>

4 tips for a tough summer job market

If you're a high school or college student looking for work in the coming months, here's some tips on how to make your own form of employment, whether you're looking to pad your resume or line your pocketbook. More>>

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