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EITC: What Could You Do with an Extra $2,000?

Working families may get a larger tax refund this year because of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), but to get it, you must claim it. Today, January 31, marks the 8th National EITC Awareness Day, a nationwide effort to increase awareness about EITC and free tax preparation sites. If you worked last year and had income of less than $51,567 you should check out your eligibility for EIT...

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What to Do to Protect Yourself from Data Breaches

It's a scary to think of someone stealing our money. When we hear about millions of accounts being hacked, we wonder "What can we do to protect our identity and our money?" 1) Look at your financial account statements frequently and report anything that looks odd to your financial institution immediately. 2) Sign up for text alerts fo...

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Health Savings Accounts: What's Not to Love?

If you like avoiding taxes, you'll want to learn about Health Saving Accounts. Odds are, someone in your family has a high deductible health plan (HDHP). That makes them eligible to have a health savings account, commonly called an HSA. High deductible health plans have become more common as employers look for ways to reduce the cost of health insurance. And many of the bronze level pla...

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Chips A-Hoy. Why I am Going Back to Cash Only Until My Cards are More Secure

I wrote last week about rethinking my use of plastic credit/debit cards because of the security breaches of 70 million accounts announced by Target right before Christmas. This morning, I have decided to give that idea serious merit. In the past few days it has been revealed that not only Target was hit with security breaches that allowed millions of names, account information, e-mails and pin...

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Goodbye Old Friend. Why a Major Retailer May Make Me Change My Buying Habits.

Last month, Americans were dismayed to learn that one of the biggest retailers, Target, had their computers hacked and the financial information of millions of customers was at risk for fraud. According to official releases from , payment cards (debit and credit cards) used only in Target stores, between November 27 th and December 15...

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2014 Financial Goal Challenge

The New Year often brings a feeling of renewal and rejuvenation. Most of us talk or even write down our resolutions such as "I want to lose 20 pounds" or "I want to eat healthier." But this year I want to challenge our readers to make a financial goal for 2014. Below are some tips to help you get started: Goals should be S.M.A.R.T. This may be the first time you...

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