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3 Tips for Sticking to Your Budget

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October is Financial Planning Month, and with the new year right around the corner, now is a great time to make sure you are on track to meet your short- and long-term financial goals. Here are three tips to keep your spending in check and finish the year out strong: Don’t transfer money from your…

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Don’t Let Back-to-School Shopping Stress You Out

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The National Retail Federation (NRF) is expecting this year’s back-to-school shopping season to be the most expensive ever. According to their survey, on average, families with children in grades K-12 plan to spend nearly $700 and those with college students plan to spend nearly $1,000, both the highest ever recorded by the NRF. Parents are…

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Give Yourself a Financial Wellness Boost

How to Start Saving Money Saving money is tough. In fact, as humans, we’re wired to take care of our needs now, and worry about later… well, later. Putting resources away for a rainy day actually goes against our natural urge to make decisions based on what’s in front of us right now. Our financial…

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Tax Return Not What You Expected? Here’s What You Need to Know

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Are you hoping to get a refund from your 2018 tax return? Many people intend to use their refund as a “forced savings plan” (essentially withholding extra taxes on purpose so that they get a larger refund at the end of the year, instead of being tempted to spend it during the year).  However, 42%…

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Money Lessons to Teach Your Kids

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  Remember the old adage, “Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime.” The wisdom of this statement is no less true when considering financial education for children. It seems like there will always be time to teach ones’ children how…

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Money Matters for Kids

It makes sense that money management skills should be an important part of a child’s education, but this is one area where you cannot count on school to do the job for you. More schools are beginning to include money skills in their curriculum, but “the buck stops here” applies to parents. Financial matters are…

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Resume Writing Tips for Recent College Grads

As students around America graduate, hundreds of thousands of people will soon enter the full-time workforce for the first time. Many of you may be asking, “How do I land my first job when I don’t have any experience?” One key tool for job seekers is a resume. In many cases, it offers an employer…

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