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4 Financial Must-Dos Before Getting Married

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Having been married for over 20 years — hello, where did the time go? — Valentine’s Day was, well, just another day. It’s not that I am any less in love. Quite the opposite. And a lot of my peers have the same blasé bias about February 14th, even though they still love their spouses with gusto. It simply no ... Read More »

    These Inexpensive Homes Could Help Fix Rural America’s Affordable Housing Crisis

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    Students at Auburn University may be turning their home-building expertise into real-world housing market solutions. Since 1993, the university’s Rural Studio Design Workshop has allowed students to ditch the comforts of campus and head to the state’s Black Belt region — where poverty is high and jobs are scarce — to create innovative and affordable housing projects. As City Lab ... Read More »

      What to Know When Working With the College Financial Aid Office

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      Paying for college is a major financial commitment for students and their families. Fortunately, there are many sources of financial aid that can help reduce the price tag of a college education. And one of the best places to learn about your options is the college Financial Aid Office. Your Gateway to Information The Financial Aid Office serves as a ... Read More »

        Best Credit Cards for Every Type of Traveler

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        Photo via Shutterstock For a long time, we here at SmarterTravel have been recommending plastic as the best way for travelers to spend money: credit cards for big-ticket purchases, debit (ATM) cards for cash. But which cards to choose? Clearly there is no single best card. What’s best for you depends on what you want by way of extras and ... Read More »

          401(k) Limit Updates Worth Knowing for 2015

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          Every year someone asks me how much they can actually contribute to their 401(k). There seems to be a ton of confusion. Some 401(k) participants seem to think it’s a percentage. They are confused by the match percentage. Somehow they have confused that’s the max that they should contribute. Not true, that’s the max contribution to get your employers match. ... Read More »

            Lawmakers In House, Senate Investigating Fraudulent Returns Filed With TurboTax

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            (JeepersMedia) Joining the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service on the case of bogus tax returns filed used Intuit’s TurboTax software will now be lawmakers from both the House and Senate, who have started probing the recent flurry of fraudulent activity. TurboTax temporarily put a hold on filing all state tax returns due to reports of fraudulent ... Read More »

              Tips for Staying On Top of Monthly Expenses

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              While “Mo Money Mo Problems” may be the anthem for famed rap stars, hotel heiresses and other multi-millionaires, the rest of America could use a little extra just to meet monthly expenses. These suggestions can help you manage your money and stay on top of your rent and bills: Create a Budget Whether you’re in debt or simply trying to ... Read More »

                Dentist Brings No Cost Dental Care to the Under-Served

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                El Paso, TX (PRWEB) February 16, 2015 A dentist in El Paso, Dr. Mehrnoosh Darj, will be providing free emergency dental care to help the under-served in the community during February Dental Health month. The No-cost Emergency Dental Care Clinics will be held in each of her 3 dental locations as follows: Feb. 20th, 2015 from 8am-3pm at 10760 North ... Read More »

                  GolVerCard to Launch Crowdfunding Indiegogo Campaign

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                  Singapore (PRWEB) February 17, 2015 GolVerCard is a financial organization for the precious metals industry that will be launching a crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo’s platform. The campaign is part of the company’s plan to take the gold and silver savings and payments system to the next level. The launch is set to begin during the third quarter of 2015. GolVerCard ... Read More »

                    OpenSky Launches New Consumer Website

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                    Rockville, MD (PRWEB) February 17, 2015 The OpenSky® Secured Visa® Credit Card debuts its new website today with an updated design and user experience to help consumers understand how credit cards impact their finances. This improved gateway comes at a time when the number of consumers seeking accessible credit is high—nearly 1.5 million households filed for non-business related bankruptcy during ... Read More »

                      FTC Obtains $9.5 Million Judgment Against Sweepstakes Promoter for Contempt

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                      Violated Court Order Banning Her from Prize Promotions A sweepstakes operator is permanently banned from direct mail marketing and is liable for a $ 9.5 million judgment under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, which charged her with violating a previous court order by running a sweepstakes scam. “There’s a price to pay to violating a court order in ... Read More »

                        FTC Continues to Protect Consumers from Abusive, Fraudulent Debt Collectors

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                        Agency’s Activities over the Past Year Detailed in Annual Summary Provided to CFPB Over the past year, the Federal Trade Commission has continued its vigorous work on behalf of U.S. consumers suffering from unlawful debt collection practices, including bringing law enforcement actions against abusive and fraudulent operations, conducting education and public outreach initiatives, and implementing research and policy programs. Under ... Read More »

                          Costco Says Dumping American Express Was About “Saving Money For Customers”

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                          (photographybynatalia) Yesterday, American Express announced the impending end of its monogamous relationship with Costco, meaning that not only will AmEx cards no longer be accepted at the popular warehouse store but that co-branded AmEx/Costco credit cards will be useless after March 31, 2016. Now Costco is breaking its silence on the split, saying it was all done in the best ... Read More »

                            Reduce Your Spending and Save More. Now.

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                            Here’s some good news. Fidelity Investments recently reported that the number of 401(k) millionaires on their books has doubled over the past two years. Specifically, they went from 34,920 accounts with million-dollar balances to, as of the end of 2014, 72,379 accounts with seven-figure balances. That’s wonderful for those folks. The bad news is that those diligent savers are the ... Read More »

                              6 Things Millennials Should Do Before Buying a House

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                              The ball drop on NYE 2014 didn’t just mark the end of last year; it also marked the start to a new year with a resurgence of millennial first-time home buyers on the hunt for real estate. According to a CNN Money article, “With rents risking faster than incomes, many millennials are expected to start looking to buy homes of ... Read More »

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