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Plan Well, Retire Well

Saving and investing your money
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Stories Help Share Values

Money is more than dollars and cents. We choose how we manage our money based on our personal values. Values help define who we are and what we do. During the holiday season our values about money are highlighted: how much do we spend on treats; do we use credit; do we give to charities? Many of us would like to pass along our values to children in our lives. However, it can be a challe...

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2014 Financial Goal Challenge Follow Up: All About that Debt

Earlier this year I wrote a blog post about creating a 2014 Financial Goal and I challenged our readers to write and share their goals with us. At the time of the posting, I deliberately failed to mention what my goal was, which has been and will continue to be in 2015 to pay off our debt . This year...

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Having Trouble Repaying Your Student Loan? Ask CFPB for Help!

A recent report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) indicates some of the business practices of large student loan lenders may be making it particularly difficult for borrowers to repay their loans. In the last year, the CFPB handled approximately 5,300 private student loan complaints. The largest category of complaints were related to the lack of repayment options and flexibilit...

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FICO 9 May Improve Your Credit Score – Someday

You answer the phone. Or open a letter that came in the mail. It's from a collection agency. A medical bill that you never knew existed has been turned over to collections. What goes through your mind? "My credit score just went down the tubes." I may have some good news for you. Under FICO 9 – the new version of that credit score which was just released – that collection action...

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Holiday Spending: How Not to Blow Your Budget

Katie Bryan works for America Saves, managed by the nonprofit Consumer Federation of America (CFA), which seeks to motivate, encourage, and support low- to moderate-income households to save money, reduce debt, and build wealth. Learn more at Almost everything you see this holiday season will encourage you to spend...

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Winterizing your home

Winterizing Your Home: Your Winter Weather Financial Guide

With Mother Nature being so brutal to all in Illinois and the Midwest last winter, I wanted to get a head start on winterizing my home the last few weekends. Though it would seem as if old man winter might already be here, that doesn't have to stop you from adjusting your home to get it ready for when winter officially comes. Below are some things you can do to your home to prepare it for this...

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Calendering Your Holiday Spending

The holidays can be wonderful with fun activities and time with family and friends. The holidays also can be a time when you feel tired and overwhelmed from too much to do. Also, when overwhelmed and time is running out, it’s easy to spend more money than planned. This year, take time to make choices about activities and plan your time wisely so that you can enjoy the holidays....

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