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3 Ways to Keep Vacation Pet Care From Costing a Fortune

3 Ways to Keep Vacation Pet Care From Costing a Fortune

3 Ways to Keep Vacation Pet Care From Costing a Fortune

Deciding how to care for the family pet while you’re away can be one of the hardest parts of planning a vacation. Not only does it add to the stress of preparation, but proper pet care is a difficult expense for many people to afford. Thankfully, there are some simple steps you can take to... Read More

7 TV Characters Living in Tax Nightmares

7 TV Characters Living in Tax Nightmares

7 TV Characters Living in Tax Nightmares

For many people, filing taxes feels like a terrible annual chore, but it’s often a relatively short-lived one. Once you have all your paperwork, you send your tax return to the Internal Revenue Service, maybe wait for a refund, and then you don’t have to deal with it again until the next year. On the... Read More

What to Do When You Get in a Crash with an Uninsured Driver

What to Do When You Get in a Crash with an Uninsured Driver

What to Do When You Get in a Crash with an Uninsured Driver

Auto insurance is compulsory in every U.S. state except New Hampshire. To legally drive a vehicle, motorists must carry their state’s minimum requirements. But not every driver follows the letter of the law. In fact, back in 2011, the Insurance Research Council found roughly 1 in 7 drivers on the road does not have any... Read More

The Balancing Act: Are You Taking Too Much Risk With Your Money?

The Balancing Act: Are You Taking Too Much Risk With Your Money?

The Balancing Act: Are You Taking Too Much Risk With Your Money?

Portfolio rebalancing is simply the buying and selling investments in a portfolio to make the current asset allocation match the original asset allocation. Asset allocation is the mix and weightings of investments that make up your portfolio. The two primary asset classes are equities (stocks) and fixed income (bonds). Generally, stocks are more volatile, and... Read More

Don’t Pay for These 6 Things

Don’t Pay for These 6 Things

Don’t Pay for These 6 Things

If you feel like you’re getting nickel-and-dimed these days, you’re not alone. But you may be paying for products or services that are available for free – no wallet necessary. Here are six things you can get for free. 1. Wi-Fi (outside your home) If you’re like most people, you pay for Internet service at... Read More

10 Overlooked Expenses That Can Ruin Your Budget

10 Overlooked Expenses That Can Ruin Your Budget

10 Overlooked Expenses That Can Ruin Your Budget

Drafting a picture-perfect budget is only half the battle if you want to keep your spending in check. Following rules is the other half — and that can be challenging if you underestimate expenses or forget to incorporate a few pieces of the puzzle into your spending plan. Here are some commonly overlooked expenses that can cause you to throw... Read More

Should My Partner & I Combine Our Money?

Should My Partner & I Combine Our Money?

Should My Partner & I Combine Our Money?

“What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine,” goes an oft-repeated joke about cohabitation and marriage. As we know, though, there’s an element of truth to every joke, at least if it’s a good one. How should couples manage their finances without losing themselves? A popular question we get is should couples combine their... Read More

3 Smart Ways to Use Your Raise

3 Smart Ways to Use Your Raise

3 Smart Ways to Use Your Raise

The only thing better than a payday is a payday that comes with a bigger paycheck. They might not happen often, so when a raise comes your way, it’s hard to not get a little excited. With that excitement often comes an urge to spend more, even if you don’t need to. This is sometimes called lifestyle... Read More

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