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How To Survive Wedding Season--Without Busting Your Budget


It's wedding season! You've probably got a few dates circled on your calendar for weddings to attend this summer. It's fun and exciting, but the costs can really add up. Wondering how you can be there without wrecking your finances? These simple tips can help you enjoy a worry-free wedding season!

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Keep Your Social Life Without Busting Your Budget


Love getting together with friends but worried about how much those weekly outings are costing you? You don't want to offer excuses that make you feel like a bad friend. And you don't want to get yourself into debt by keeping up with all those dinners and nights out.

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How To Write A Check


You might prefer to use electronic payment options, but paper checks are still important. According to the Federal Reserve's 2013 study, 18.3 billion checks are written every year. Another study by market research firm New Heights Research showed that over half of all landlords only accept paper checks.

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Protecting Yourself From Identity Theft And Online Fraud


Many of us shop with cards instead of cash these days, and online shopping makes it easy to buy anything from groceries to furniture without leaving your home. Unfortunately, the Internet also makes it easy for crooks from all over the world to steal your identity and help themselves to your bank account without your realizing it. Don't let this happen to you! When you shop, be careful with your debit and credit cards.

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5 Reasons Your 20s Are A Great Time To Save


Your 20s are an exciting time, and you should enjoy them to the fullest. You probably have lots of people offering advice on some of your life choices, especially your finances.

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2 Things You Need To Know About Money Market Accounts


"Do you have any savings?" It's a big question, with equally big implications for your financial future. Whether you're putting money away for a dream vacation, a new car, or an emergency fund that you can rely on in case of a job loss or other unexpected expense, saving now can (literally) pay off big dividends later.

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Teaching Your Kids About Money


Today's world does not encourage responsible stewardship--media and the marketplace teach kids that instant gratification is not just desirable, but necessary. How can we instill a more responsible attitude towards money in our children?

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How To Get The Best Car For Your Money


Whether it's your first time buying a vehicle or you're looking to replace your current ride, doing some pre-purchase homework is essential. Here are a few tips to help you get the most car for your money.

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How to Shop Smart and Save Money This Christmas


Christmas always seems to arrive sooner than you think. Whether you have a lot of shopping to do or you only buy for a few close family and friends, planning ahead and smart shopping can save you big money!

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5 Great (And Thrifty) Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas


Didn't plan far enough ahead this Christmas? Or do you have some surprise guests coming over? We've got some great last-minute Christmas gift ideas that will fill stockings without emptying your wallet...or your emergency fund.

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