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Take Charge of Your Credit Cards

Almost everyone has a credit card. They’re a preferred payment method for many—great for emergencies, accepted just about everywhere so you don’t have to keep a lot of cash on hand and, with some, you can earn rewards on your purchases. But all those benefits can come with a cost. Use these smart tips to help you avoid unnecessary service charges and get the most out of your credit cards.

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Protect Your Gifts

Whether it’s a high-tech laptop, a 65-inch flat screen TV, or even an engagement ring, it’s important to make sure your new possessions are covered by your insurance should they be damaged or stolen. Personal possessions are generally covered under standard homeowners and renters insurance policies, though there may be a limit on the amount covered for theft of items such as jewelry. 

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Protect Yourself

Happy—and Safe!—Holidays: Five Tips For Disaster-Free Festivities! For many, the holidays mean friends, family, and traditions. Some traditions, though, can lead to accidents or injuries. Taking a few simple steps now may help save you the hassle and cost of dealing with some common seasonal hazards. 

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5 Tips for Buying a New Car

Do your research. When purchasing a new car, compare the sticker price to research sites such as Edmunds or Blue Book. You can also view current incentives and rebates to make sure you’re getting the best deal available. Remember – time is on your side, so do your homework.

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Car Loan Questions

Do you know what to ask your lender when applying for your car loan? By asking the right questions, you can save yourself money and trouble. Understanding the loan process is key. Before signing a loan application, ask your lender these questions.

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Auto Insurance Myths

Fact or Fiction? Auto Insurance Myths Busted. When it comes to insurance coverage, don’t believe everything you hear. Understanding fact versus fiction can help you make the best decisions when it comes to choosing a car and coverage that’s right for you. 

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Tips for Talking about Estate Planning

Talking to your parents about their health and finances, and planning for the future, can be a difficult and sensitive conversation. Estate planning, though, is very important for your parents and the rest of the family. 

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Credit Card Shopping Tips

Are You & Your Card a Good Match? Is your credit card a good financial partner? Sure, it’s handy in an emergency. And it does give you that sense of security you don’t get from cash. Your credit card even helps you plan for the future by keeping track of your spending real time.

 

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Holiday Home Security

Home is where the heart is—especially during the holidays. It’s also where the gifts are, enticing burglars while families are out celebrating the season. Here are some ways to protect your home and keep it secure during the holidays.

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Your Vacation Savings Plan

You work hard for your money. You deserve at least one great vacation a year. But maybe you feel like you aren’t able to budget for much more than the occasional day trip.

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Shop Safely ID Theft

With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s time to think safety and take some important precautions to protect your financial well-being throughout the holidays and into the New Year. Here are some tips to save your budget, foil pick-pockets, and thwart worrisome cyber thieves.

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Money -Saving Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring cleaning is a great way to freshen up the house and shake off those winter blues. It’s also the perfect time to make small repairs that can help prevent costly homeowner’s insurance claims to save you money down the road.

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