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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
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
We’re still a ways from knowing who will be the next President of the United States, but, having just won the Iowa caucus, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is among the top contenders. As such, you may want to know a little more about him and, specifically, how some of his policy proposals would affect your... Read More
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
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
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
Tired of the winter weather and dreaming of getting away for a long weekend or a full-blown holiday, but worried the cost could break the bank? We’ve talked to some travel pros who say budget-minded travel is a possibility if you know where to look. (Be sure to redeem miles when you can, and keep in... Read More
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
“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
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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