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Monthly Archives: December 2013

Make the Most of Gift Cards

Since 2007, gift cards have been the most requested holiday gifts. You probably received at least one gift card during this holiday season. And what’s not to love about gift cards? They give us the ...


Save Money Every Day

Discover hidden sources of found money in your everyday life. What’s more unlikely than picking the winning numbers and hitting the lottery jackpot? Winning the lottery, but not claiming your pri...


Top Tips for Holiday Returns

If you ended up receiving holiday gifts that weren’t quite right, you’re not alone. The National Retail Federation estimates that Americans return or exchange more than $50-billion dollars’ wort...


Protection from phishing, data breaches and ID theft

Phishing and the Target Data Breach

Not only are more than 40-million Target customers dealing with news of the data breach that compromised their credit and debit card information, they also need to be on the lookout for fraudulent, "p...


Woman preparing vegetables to can and preserve

DIY Skills to Help You Save

Every time you pay someone to do something you could do yourself, you’re taking a few steps back from reaching your savings goals. Of course, there are many things best left to the professionals (DI...


5 Free Ways to Save on Heating Costs

Good news! The Energy Information Administration predicts that average household heating costs will be down by approximately $19 this winter – the first drop since 2001-2002. If you’d like to save...


Lucky numbers on a lottery ticket

Is Lottery Fever Actually Good for You?

When lottery jackpots get this high, you’ll hear many financial experts explaining how buying a lottery ticket is the worst financial move you can make. They prefer you invest that ticket purchase i...


Holiday Scams and How to Avoid Them

With just a few weeks to go until Christmas, it’s easy to get distracted and let your guard down when shopping online and in stores. Unfortunately thieves and scammers count on that and use this tim...


Deposit Advances: What You Need to Know

Many states have started to more tightly regulate or, in some cases, completely ban the practice of granting payday loans. It didn’t take long for some banks to see this as an opportunity and begin ...