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Is Online Bill Pay Safe?

A few clicks, and your bills are paid! But is it safe? Unfortunately, many people share sensitive information with crooks, thinking they’re paying a bill. Here’s how to keep your money safe: 1. Never respond to a bill pay service that directly contacts you In those situations, it’s difficult to verify a link’s authenticity. Instead,…

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Take your kids with you on your next visit to your financial institution. Let them watch you balance your checkbook. Show your kids how you pay your bills so they know that electricity, water, gas, phones and cable all cost money. Give them a budget for an item they want, and let them choose which…

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

How time flies…  Happy V-Day from me and the not-so-little Ted man! I’m not SUPER into Valentine’s Day, but I have been in love with one particular someone for almost THIRTEEN years now (time really IS flying!) and today is a day about celebrating love and pretty colors and chocolates and flowers, so honestly, what’s…

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Valentines on a Budget!

Spring may be far away, but love is still in the air. It’s almost St. Valentine’s Day, and that means it’s time to start planning something special for that special someone in your life. How can you show someone you care without breaking the bank? Here are five low-cost Valentine’s dates you can use to…

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Working It Out

One of the most fundamental financial lessons your kids are going to have to learn is about how you work for your money. Do your kids understand that every time you pull out a wad of bills or swipe a card to pay for a purchase, that money is directly linked to time you put…

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6 Tax Scams to Avoid

Phishing scams. Fake emails or websites impersonating the IRS lure victims into sharing sensitive information. Phone scams. Criminals pretending to represent the IRS call victims demanding immediate payment and risk of arrest. Identity theft. Scammers pose as accountants or tax-return preparers, filing tax refunds using victims’ Social Security numbers. Fake charities. Bogus charity funds preying on victims who have…

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Building A Budget…..For Kids!

Though it’s hard to believe it when you’re knee-deep in their laundry and begging them to do their homework, your little ones won’t be young forever. Some day, they will be all grown up and have homes of their own. And while you can lecture them about budgeting, spending their allowances wisely and saving up…

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Saving Up

If you are like most families, you spend your paycheck as soon as it is deposited to pay bills and to attend to a needed list of items. You know you need to save more. Yet, you probably put off saving money until after it is already spent. The challenge to spending in this fashion…

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I’d like to take this opportunity to brag on how stinkin’ awesome my husband is sometimes. He’s the only one in our family that can actually put a decent meal together, so he’s been helping me with my eating makeover. One of my favorite meals is a burrito bowl from Chipotle or Qdoba – with…

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Did you know that 37% of Americans resolve to lose weight, and 32% resolve to stay fit in the New Year? The weight loss industry definitely knows! It ramps up its marketing this time of year – you’ve likely seen offers for discounts at local and national gym chains. What these advertisements omit is that…

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