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    How to Manage Credit Card Debt

    February 13, 2020 | Tips

    he debt crisis in America is approaching $14 trillion – with credit cards making up 26.2% of that. According to, more than 189 million Americans have credit cards. An average household has at least four cards, carrying roughly $8,400 in credit card debt.

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    If you’re new to the 52-week money challenge, the first month or so you might wonder if it’ll take 52 years to see progress because you start small. But know that this savings plan is effective, and it can help you sock away more than a thousand dollars a year - $1,378 to be exact. You could possibly build up even more if you put the funds in a high-yield savings account. Doing the challenge takes commitment, but it’s easy to start.

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    Choosing the best and fastest course to financial freedom can be difficult. Different repayment options work better for different people. While we can’t tell you what works best for your particular financial situation, we can recommend what not to do. So when making your game plan, remember to avoid these three debt repayment misconceptions:

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    For millions of Americans, there’s no getting around the need to file an annual tax return. Fortunately, the IRS gives you plenty of time to organize your paperwork and submit your forms. The regular filing deadline is April 15, and those requesting an extension can take up to October 15 to file their forms, although any taxes owed are still due in April.

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    Gifts That Make an Impact

    January 30, 2020 | Tips

    When it comes time to give a teen a gift – whether for birthdays, holidays or graduation – do you find it hard to know what to give? People often rely on the old standby of gift cards or cash because they just don’t know what kind of gift to get for that mysterious age.

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    Most parents in the U.S. provide some sort of financial support to their adult children, multiple surveys have found. But often, financial aid goes the other way.

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    Financially speaking, what should you consider doing before age 40?

    Your to-do list should look something like this:

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    How to Get a Reverse Mortgage

    January 21, 2020 | Tips

    A reverse mortgage is worth exploring if you want to use some of your home’s equity in retirement — and you plan to stay in your home for the foreseeable future. Do your homework so you know what to expect before getting a reverse mortgage.

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    For a young person, getting a Driver’s License can create an exciting sense of freedom, but parents know this newfound freedom comes with serious risks. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States.1