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Monthly Archives: December 2013

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Make the Most of Gift Cards

More than 75% of adults purchased at least one gift card during during the past year. That means you probably received one or more gift cards over the recent holiday season. And what’s not to love a...

Little Ways to 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...

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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...

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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...

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5 DIY Skills to Help You Save Money

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, bu...

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...

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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...

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 ...

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