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5 Cheap Activities Proven to Help You Avoid the Winter Blues

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No matter where you live in the northern hemisphere, the onset of winter means shorter days and far away dreams of summer vacations. For those who live above the 40th parallel, ice storms and slow-to-melt springs can wear on even the most devout of winter enthusiasts. There’s no doubt that a couple weeklong beach vacations […]

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SMART Strategies to Save Up for Something Big

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Saving up for something big—or just working to pay down a debt—can feel like an overwhelming task, especially at the outset. As with most big goals, standing on the bottom of the proverbial mountain and looking up past the clouds is just about the worst way to go about psyching yourself up to get there. […]

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Rid Yourself of Costly Toxins with a New Year’s Financial Cleanse

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Ever tried a detox diet, fasting or a cleanse? Touted by celebrities and health gurus alike, reducing your dietary intake for a set amount of time is believed by some to bring big benefits that range from enhanced mental and spiritual clarity and improved circulation to a general feeling of lightness and rejuvenation. Given the state of […]

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America’s 17 Most In-Demand Jobs (and What They Pay)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects these 17 occupations will have the most new jobs in the next eight years. If you want to be in demand, consider one of these professions! There is no shortage of “help wanted” ads for these occupations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, they have the highest projected […]

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Lifestyle Creep: When Your Wants Become Your Needs

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Let’s daydream for a second: How would your life change over the next year if you suddenly had an additional $500 to spend each month? How about an extra $1,000? Would you upgrade your cellphone? Finally do those bathroom renovations and buy a decent vacuum cleaner? What about trading in the family car for something […]

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Help Workers Save for Rainy Days, Not Just Golden Years

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Originally published on Workforce on Dec. 10, 2018 by Dan Murray Many employees want help saving money, especially for unexpected emergencies, but few employers are offering help when it comes to rainy day savings. There is a savings crisis in America. Eight out of 10 workers are living paycheck to paycheck, and though many employers have […]

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The Unique Financial Circumstances of Unmarried Couples

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Tips for Navigating This New Financial Terrain A lot has changed about marriage in America in the past few decades: millennials are marrying later in life, children are increasingly born to unwed parents and the rate of marriage itself is steadily declining. That doesn’t mean Americans are shunning committed relationships, however. Instead, more and more […]

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7 Things To Do Now To Avoid New Debt This Holiday Season

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Originally Published on MoneyTips.com on Dec. 6, 2018 By Roshni Chowdhry, head of customer experience at SafetyNet Take Control of your Finances Easily before the New Year Last year, the average American who took on new debt during the holidays came out an additional $1,054 in the red. Most of those who took on new […]

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Save Money to Get Free Money

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Leverage Compound Interest & Invest Early Invest with Compound Interest Being paid interest means making money on your money. In other words, interest is free money! Compound interest is interest that is periodically added back into your original investment, which means you earn interest on your interest. Compound interest allows for exponential growth of your money! The average […]

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Affordable Home Ownership Resources with Realtor Ann Rachein

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As one of the top real estate agents in her area, Wisconsin realtor Ann Raschein volunteers her time in home ownership education. Serving on the board of both Habitat for Humanity of Dane County and the Homebuyers Roundtable of Dane County, she is committed to giving all families the opportunity to join a community as […]