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"C-Harmony": Using Credit Scores to Predict Relationship Success

There's a new tool you can use to help predict if the person you are dating is a good prospect for a long committed relationship. It is your credit score. It is one more reason to improve your credit report and keep it good. A recent study by the Federal Reserve Board looked at 12 million randomly sel...

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NEW Twists on Scams and Identity Theft

Recently I heard an excellent presentation by Ella York, an attorney from the Illinois Attorney General's office. Identity theft is the #1 issue that is reported by consumers to the Illinois Attorney General's office. I appreciated Ms. York's well-thought out presentation and came away with several tips regarding protecting yourself from identity theft, and I thought you'd like to know them too...

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Transitions: What Happens to My Healthcare Flexible Spending Account When I Leave My Job?

Healthcare flexible spending accounts (FSAs) are great ways to avoid income tax on money you use for medical expenses. The tax isn't just deferred – you never pay tax on the money if you use it for qualified expenses. What happens to those accounts when you leave your job? There are special rules for this situation, and ignorance could be costly. Say you signed up to pu...

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5 Easy Steps to Save for Big Ticket Items

Please welcome guest blogger, Tammy Greynolds from America Saves! Very few of us have money at the ready to cover an emergency, never mind the money for the larger purchases we'd like to make. This is why it's that much more important to prioritize savings to cover both the items you need as well as those you want. Whether you're saving for a new compu...

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Why Everyone Should Check their Credit!

Why Everyone Should Check their Credit!

When the topic of credit comes up in one of my classes, people tend to have lots of questions about it. However, I am always shocked on the amount of people who don't check their credit on a regular basis. Below are some great reasons on why you should check your credit report! Check Your Credit for FREE The Fair Credit Reporting Act requires the three credit bu...

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When to Shred Financial Documents?

Half the battle of paying bills on time, being reimbursed for expenses, and keeping financial tools like insurance up-to-date is finding the right document when you need it! And, one of the reasons it's hard to find the right document is that many of us keep too many documents. Everyone needs to find their own system for organizing financial documents. For me, the key is to minimize wha...

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Sasha Learns: How to Buy a House - Moving In

As the Sasha Learns: How to Buy a House series comes to an end – the final step in the first time home buying process is moving in! When I first moved to Illinois I went through the moving process with my Moving Moochers blog post , but below are just some mindful tips when moving into your first house! Not al...

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