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Skip the holiday spending stress

Don't let financial stress pull you away from what really matters most this season. Instead, try these tips to get a head start on smart spending. 

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Protect your identity this holiday shopping season

These tips can help you safeguard your finances, your identity, and your peace of mind during this holiday season and all year long. 

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7 economic indicators you should know

The state of the nation's economy is a popular discussion thread among investors, economic experts, and politicians. To gauge it, they consider numerous data points called economic indicators. Whether or not those indicators point toward a healthy economy can have a direct impact on your personal finances.

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Tips to find the right pre-owned vehicle

You've decided it's time to replace your vehicle, and you've made the decision to go pre-owned. While this can often save you significant dollars up front, it also means you have additional factors to consider. This checklist can help you take a practical approach to finding the right vehicle for your individual needs.

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Tips to keep your home secure while you're away

When you're traveling, your home can sit empty for days, putting it at a heightened risk of burglary. These tips can give you peace of mind and help keep your home and everything inside it safe.

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7 ideas to build your rainy day fund

Having an emergency fund can make all the difference between managing the unexpected with ease - or digging into debt. 

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Top 10 ways to maintain your home's value

Staying ahead of home maintenance tasks can help prevent major repairs - or unpleasant emergencies - down the road. This checklist of 10 key areas to inspect can help you spot potential problems before it's too late.

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Financing a college education

The average cost of tuition and fees at a public, four-year college is expected to experience significant increases. Many forms of financial aid are available and it's never too early to start exploring and comparing your options.

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6 tips for trimming yard care costs

Altogether, our country spends about $29.1 billion per year on lawn care. The good news is that you can save some of that time and money - and even reduce water usage - with six simple steps.

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12 ways to save on your vacation

Summer time is vacation time, and you're more than ready for an escape. But if you're worried a getaway won't fit into your budget, relax. These tips can help you cut the costs, not the fun. 

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Low-stress tips for outdoor entertaining

If your summer plans include sharing food and good times outdoors with family and friends, a little preparation can go a long way. These simple tips will help you enjoy the warm days and cool nights of summer. 

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Is mobile banking safe?

More than 100 million Americans use mobile banking, enjoying the convenience of managing their finances from anywhere, at any time with their mobile devices. These safety insights and tips might help ramp up your comfort level with mobile banking.

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6 steps for talking about money with your adult children

Your adult children may need your advice more than ever, especially when it comes to managing their new financial reality. These six tips will help you initiate a financial conversation and make it fruitful. 

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Prepare your home for severe weather

Severe weather can hit at any time of year. Start with these tips focused on preparing four key areas of your home and property for potential natural disasters. 

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What's your home worth?

If you want to sell your home, refinance your mortgage, borrow against your home equity, or purchase a new property, then understanding home value is essential. Here are four ways to define it and how each relates to buying, selling, and homeownership.

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When should you claim Social Security benefits?

It's an important question to ask, no matter where you are on your retirement planning journey. But the answer can get complicated - and a few years can make thousands of dollars difference in your benefits. 

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What's in your credit score?

A good credit score can help you qualify for loans - and the best interest rates. Read on to learn more about just what goes into determining it. 

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3 Steps to a better retirement savings strategy

No matter your age, having a thoughtful strategy is the best way to make sure you're on the path to maximizing your savings - and achievin your retirement goals. These three steps will help you build a new plan or review an existing one. 

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Tips for a low-stress remodeling experience

Home improvement projects inevitably involve mess, stress, and more time and money than you expect. Following these steps can help minimize the negative during your next remodel. 

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Get organized to reduce tax-time stress

Do you feel just a little (or a lot) frenzied when tax day looms? Many of us do. But you can regain some calm by getting organized so you can make tax filing faster and less frustrating. These simple steps can help.

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Simple steps to a better night's sleep

Studies show that a lack of sleep can diminish your overall ability to handle stress and perform basic functions. Even worse, sleeplessness can lead to health problems ranging from obesity to hypertension, cardiovascular problems, and diabetes. The tips below can help you get a good night's rest.

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Mobile banking is anywhere-you-are banking

More than 1 billion people were managing their money from the palm of their hand, using mobile banking apps, by late 2016*. That number is only expected to grow. And why not? It's an easy way to enjoy the ultimate convenience - banking on your own schedule, whenever and wherever it's convenient for you, even when your local branch is closed. Read on to learn more and see if mobile banking is for you!

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Top tips to manage your holiday spending

The holidays can be full of fun, family, friends - and financial stress. At this time of year, it's easy to lose sight of your budget and overspend, leading to financial headaches come January. But with these eight top tips for planning and tracking your holiday shopping, you can enter the new year in good cheer - and sound financial shape.

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Secrets for saving during your vacation

You've booked the hotel for your big getaway and found the lowest airfare. But what can you do once you're actually on vacation to maximize your budget and skip the stress of over-spending? Try these money-saving tips that don't sacrifice fun.

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Financing a college education

The average cost of tuition and fees at a public, four-year college is expected to increase 5 percent per year, on average, according to the College Board.* So it's not surprising that many parents are wondering how they're going to afford their children's higher education - even if they've been taking advantage of college savings plans.

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How to buy and sell a home at the same time

Buying a home can be complicated. Buying a new home when you already have a home adds to the complexity - and the stress. A lot happens at once, and if you miss something, it could be hazardous to a happy outcome. Understanding the three key points below can help you get organized upfront and set the stage for a smoother path through the process from start to sold to move-in day.

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How to access the financial power of your home

Did you know that your home may offer you a smart solution for financing your dreams and goals? If you're thinking about home upgrades, education expenses or even debt consolidation, the equity in your home could help provide the funds you need. Read on to learn more.

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How will rising interest rates affect your loans?

As you've probably heard, the Federal Reserve Board has discussed raising the Federal Funds Rate at least three times this year. This rate isn't the only factor affecting the interest rates you pay on loans, but when it rises, other rates tend to increase, too. What will that mean to your monthly loan payments? That depends largely on the type of loan and, particiularly, whether it has a fixed or variable rate. Here, we share insights to help you plan for potential change.

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