What Can I Do About Robocalls?

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If robocalls are getting to you, you’re not alone. Those super-annoying automatic calls have recently exploded, and it’s enough to make anyone go bonkers. More than 30 billion robocalls were made in the United States in 2017. The Federal Trade Commission answered a whopping 375,000 complaints about robocalls each month. Unfortunately, those numbers are only rising. If you feel like …

Financial Preparation For 2018

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2018 Budget

2018 is almost here – are you ready? Usher in the new year with plans for financial improvement and resolutions to do more. Here are some tips to get you started: Tune your budget It’s great to start off the new year with a plan. A budget is just that-a plan that starts with the income you expect and your …

9 Tips For Sticking To A Holiday Budget

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Holiday budgeting takes time and discipline but the payoff is well worth it. “Think of a budget as a financial GPS,” says Cate Williams, national spokeswoman for Money Management International. Drawing up a soup-to-nuts budget helps safeguard cash, without quenching the holiday spirit: “It makes us a cheerful giver because we’re not spending money that should go to another expense,” …

7 Common Life Insurance Myths Debunked

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Life Insurance Policy

Having sufficient life insurance is important. And yet, so many of us buy into popular misconceptions, convincing ourselves we don’t need to bother purchasing a policy. But don’t be fooled. Read on to see how seven of the most widespread life insurance myths are easily debunked. Myth #1: I’m single and I have no dependents. I don’t need life insurance. …

Plan The Family Vacation – Together!

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Plan the family vacation together!

Planning the family vacation can be quite a challenge. This is especially true when you’re trying to fit in the best attractions and give your kids the vacation of a lifetime while staying within a budget. How can you accomplish all that and still keep your kids happy? The solution is simple, yet brilliant: Let your kids be a part …

Discussing Risk Management With Your Spouse

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Discussing risk management with your spouse.

One of the most difficult issues for couples to resolve is how much risk they’re willing to take with their investments. Here are some tips to guide you on the road toward joint investment: 1.) Communication is key Let your partner know you’re willing to research options together and come up with a plan. Erica Coogan, partner at Moss Adams …

6 Ways To Save On Your Summer Vacation

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The open road is calling and your summer vacation awaits! But first, you need to work out the financial details. How are you going to pay for your getaway? Ideally, a plump vacation fund is the way to go. Unfortunately, though, many of us don’t think about how we’re going to pay for vacation until it’s a few weeks away. …

Kick Off A Safe And Healthy Summer

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Memorial Day is the traditional start of summer, meaning outdoor time, swimming, picnics and travel. Here are tips to keep your family healthy, happy and far from the ER. Not Looking Forward To Swimsuit Season? If you want to lose weight, says Lisa Lillien of the Hungry Girl website, don’t use crash diets, just make healthy choices. Spend weekend time …

Newlyweds: Don’t Let Financial Stress Take The Cake

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Of all the things to discuss before marriage, finances are the least exciting. Statistically, money is the top reason couples argue and financial arguments are among the top predictors of divorce. So, how can you avoid becoming a statistic? Here are some ideas from the experts: Talk To Each Other A 2013 poll by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling …