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Mortgage Closing Costs

Buying a new home is a exciting and busy time. There are many details and decisions involved in this purchase. You’ve likely prepared for most of these expenses. Many people forget about budgeting for closing costs when saving up for a new home. Closing costs include all fees and charges incurred for officially transferring a […]

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Essential Tools for New Homeowners

As a new homeowner, you likely have a long list of items you need or want to purchase for your new space. From welcome mats to plungers and wall hangings, there’s lots to buy in the first weeks after moving day. As you browse through window treatments and home décor, don’t forget to stock up […]

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Saving on Entertainment Costs

Everyone needs a way to kick back and relax, but entertainment can get expensive. Between pricey tickets to movies and sporting events, specialty hobby equipment that costs a bundle, and entertainment services that may seem to charge more than they’re worth, it’s hard to have your fun, and your budget, too. Fortunately, there are ways […]

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6 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score

An excellent credit score is the ultimate goal of the financially responsible consumer. Those three magic digits tell a story of accountability, good financial sense, and the ability to spend mindfully. A great credit score also unlocks doors for large, affordable loans; employment opportunities, and more. Its significance notwithstanding, achieving and maintaining an excellent credit […]

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Boost Your Work Productivity

Everyone wants to do their best at work, but you can sometimes find yourself staring at the same to-do list day after day after day. Here’s how to keep your productivity levels up at work. Start your day with the MITs Make sure to get your most crucial tasks done by separating the MITs (most […]

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Beware of Tax Scams

It’s tax season, so it’s time to get your paperwork in order and hire a tax preparer. Unfortunately, though, there are thousands of scammers looking to steal your information and your tax refund by posing as authentic tax preparers. It’s important to learn how to recognize the signs of a fraudulent tax preparer so you […]

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5 Ways to Trim Your Fixed Expenses

When trying to trim a monthly budget, most people don’t consider their fixed expenses. These recurring costs, which include mortgage payments, insurance premiums and subscription payments, are easy to budget and plan for since they generally remain constant throughout the year. While people tend to think there’s no way to lower fixed expenses, with a […]

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Ranch Chicken & Potato Casserole

This hearty potato dish will leave you full and satisfied. It’s a meal in one. Cheesy, meaty and delicious, it brings potatoes to a whole new level! Ingredients: 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 3 pounds potatoes, peeled and quartered 1 teaspoon dried parsley ½ teaspoon dried basil 1 teaspoon dill […]

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7 Money Myths to Stop Believing

We all grow up hearing the same financial advice: Spend less, save more and invest early. While most of these words of wisdom ring true, there are a lot of widespread money management tips that are actually false. Outlined here are 7 money myths that might be causing you more financial stress than benefit. Myth […]

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