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The Pitfalls of Black Friday

Women shopping on Black Friday

Shop Smarter By Knowing the Tricks of the Trade It wasn’t so long ago that Black Friday took place on just one day and entirely within brick-and-mortar stores with local TV crews clamoring to cover the overnight spenders. It was, after all, the most lucrative retail day of the year. Recently, of course, the internet […]

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Think You Don’t Need Income Insurance? Think Again

Income insurance Safetynet review - John a real customer

SafetyNet® income insurance provides a lump-sum of cash—no matter what your credit score, savings status or income level is—if you lose your job unexpectedly or can’t work due to illness or injury. Income insurance is a new type of insurance coverage, so naturally you’re skeptical about why you would need it. You may feel safe […]

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Easy and Cheap Handcrafted Holiday Gifts

Father and son making easy and cheap handcrafted holiday gifts

Whether creativity is natural or something that can be learned is a debate not likely to be resolved any time soon. Meanwhile, however, holidays, birthdays and other causes for celebration continue to challenge everyone to find inexpensive, unique and personal ways of expressing their love to family and friends. If you’re drawn to the idea […]

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6 Steps to De-stress Your Finances by Decluttering Your Bills

Woman decluttering her finances

Decluttering is a curious concept. First, it assumes you have an abundance of something (piles of shoes by the front door, cast-off toys, dusty knickknacks or old countertop appliances) getting in your way. Second, decluttering is based on an ever-moving, rather than fixed, goal. After all, if anyone actually dares to live in those serene, […]

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Michigan Households Can’t Afford Basic Necessities

Michigan Households Can’t Afford Basic Necessities

According to a report from the United Way, at least 40% of households in Michigan cannot afford the bare minimum to live and work in the modern economy.

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How Insurance Works

How insurance works

How do I know if I need insurance? Broadly speaking, insurance provides you with financial help when something bad happens unexpectedly or accidentally, for example, if your apartment catches fire or you are in a car accident. If you have the foresight to sign up and pay for insurance coverage before that event, your insurance may […]

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Insurance Terms Glossary

Woman looking up insurance terms glossary

We’ve compiled this list of insurance terms in a glossary to help you better understand your insurance policies and how insurance works. These terms may generally be applied to most insurances, but make sure to read your individual insurance policies, including the coverage and exclusions.

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Why We Spend: The Psychology of Spending Money

psychology of spending

It’s likely no surprise that money is a leading cause of stress among most Americans. Financial decisions—whether making purchases, paying down debt or building up savings—require willpower, good judgment and discipline. Why is it, however, that even when people aren’t in the midst of a financial crisis or vicious cycle of debt, making ends meet […]

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Halloween Costumes on a Budget

kids wearing Halloween costumes on a budget

Whether you’re looking to dress a child or an adult, the internet offers no shortage of fun, cheap and even easy ideas for Halloween costumes. However, they are only inexpensive until you find yourself running to the dollar store to buy a hundred Popsicle sticks or the mall for black tights, or the home improvement […]

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Practicing Mindful Finances: Begin by Watching Yourself Make Choices

Woman practicing mindful finances

Say you’ve resolved to curtail your wardrobe spending or set $100 aside each month into a rainy day account. Financial resolutions, like diets or work out plans, start out strong as our enthusiasm gives us a top-of-the-mind kind of commitment. But then… life gets in the way. We experience an unexpected disruption (or two). We […]