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Adulting 101

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Budgeting

Starting a Budget

Starting a Budget You know you need a budget. Your household is spending money faster than it is coming in,…
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Avoiding charity scams after natural disasters

As hurricanes threaten the east coast, our generous members’ thoughts turn to finding ways to help. During and after disasters,…
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Adulting 101

Five surprise travel expenses that can break a budget

Even the most experienced traveler can run into unexpected expenses. To help you prepare for smooth travels, here are 5…
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Understanding and Directing Your Withholdings

You just got your paycheck. Your eyes scan down the list of deductions and settle on the most important part—your…
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Adulting 101

Choosing your Financial Institution

What was the very first financial choice you ever made? Think about it: it likely took place before your first…
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Adulting 101

Where You Seek Financial Advice Says a Lot About You

How did you decide where to open your first bank account? Where did you learn to budget or pay bills?…
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Adulting 101

It Pays To Start Saving Now

In case you haven’t heard, compound interest is the best. You may remember it as an equation you had to…
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Adulting 101

Attitudes Towards Insurance

Insurance coverage can be tricky to shop for, because it requires making specific financial decisions about some hazy and unpredictable…
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Adulting 101

Be Prepared, Because Life Happens

An emergency fund is an essential part of your personal finances. Its importance is stressed in almost every personal finance…
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