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Top 10 Student Loan Tips for Recent Graduates

Posted by jenniferhamby

Jun 19, 2012 4:51:39 AM

Whether you just graduated, are taking a break from school, or have already started repaying your student loans, these tips will help you keep your student loan debt under control.

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7 Steps to a (Financially) Happy Marriage

Posted by jenniferhamby

May 25, 2012 8:19:41 AM

All you need is love…..famously penned by Lennon/McCartney paints a pretty picture; however that may not always be the case. Financial Problems is most often listed as the reason marriages end in divorce. Everyone knows, or should know, this, but love and a reluctance to take a hard look at our own financial habits, often keep us from seeing, much less confronting, potential financial troubles in a relationship. Failing to do so can lead to serious trouble.

Before stepping into marriage you need to make sure you are financially compatible. If you can’t have mature responsible conversations about money when you are dating, you are probably not going to be able communicate about finances in your marriage. But starting this type of conversation can be difficult, so to get the conversation rolling, here are seven steps we recommend to steer clear of potential marital money troubles:

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Consumers Still Unclear About Credit Scores

Posted by jenniferhamby

May 21, 2012 6:44:07 AM

A recent study showed that while consumers understand credit scores better than they used to, many still don't fully appreciate the workings of credit scores, the value of a high score, and how low scores can be.

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Keeping a Budget During the Wedding Season

Posted by jenniferhamby

May 21, 2012 6:10:38 AM

Memorial Day marks the unofficial wedding season. For many this means attending 2-4 weddings this season alone and all those expenses can add up, and crash your budget.

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Credit Card Tips for Traveling Abroad

Posted by jenniferhamby

May 3, 2012 11:46:40 AM

It’s that time of the year when most folks are planning their summer vacation. If you are planning on traveling overseas, here are some helpful tips to protect your credit while abroad.

1. Notify your bank. Before you leave for your trip, let your credit card company or bank know that you will be traveling out of the country. Banks monitor their customers’ accounts for potential fraud, such as an unusual out of the country charge. This can raise a red flag and have your card suspended and your purchases declined.

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4 EASY Steps to Better Credit

Posted by jenniferhamby

Apr 30, 2012 3:41:13 AM

Understanding credit, your credit score, and credit management can seem confusing for many folks. Here I have simplified it by providing 4 simple steps toward better credit management.

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Spring Cleaning: Six Steps to Get Your Financial House in Order

Posted by jenniferhamby

Mar 20, 2012 4:28:59 AM

Today is the first day of Spring, and there's no better time to give your house -- including your financial house -- a good spring cleaning.

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Can't Pay Your Taxes? Try These Options

Posted by jenniferhamby

Mar 15, 2012 4:21:26 AM

If you're worried you won't be able to pay your income taxes by this year's April 17 filing date, don't panic; but don't ignore the deadline and certainly don't wait for the IRS to reach out to you first. Acting quickly not only gives you more repayment options, it can also significantly lower penalties you might owe the government.

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Tips for Working Securely From Wireless Hot-Spots

Posted by jenniferhamby

Feb 24, 2012 1:59:57 AM

Wireless (also known as Wi-Fi) hot spots, are changing the way people work. These wireless local area networks (WLANs) provide high-speed Internet connections in public locations, such as coffee shops, restaurants, bookstores, airports, hotel lobbies and more enabling you to work, and search the internet almost anywhere.

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7 Things You Didn't Know Affect Your Credit Score

Posted by jenniferhamby

Feb 15, 2012 1:29:42 AM

We all know to pay our bills on time and carry as little debt as possible, and most of the time, that is all that matters in your credit score. Yet, there are other, smaller factors that many people aren't aware of that can cause your score to suffer.

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