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Plan for Your Taxes Ahead of Time

The IRS does not accept tax returns until mid to late January, but there is no time like the present to start planning for your taxes and be that much closer to a possible tax refund.

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Are Online Installment Loans Better Than Payday Loans?

When you need money quickly for emergency auto repairs, medical expenses, home repairs, or any other unexpected costs, you may have a few options. If you happen to have poor credit those options may be a bit more limited.  A few options to get the fast money you need is to take out a payday loan or to take out an online installment loan.

How can you determine which option is right for you and your financial situation?

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8 Tips to Avoid a New Year's Credit Card Hangover

The holiday season can be a stressful time for many people.  For others it can be a time of excess.  Either way, don’t let that stress and excess give you a financial hangover.  Plus, the holiday shopping season seems to start earlier every year, making that stress longer as well.  According to a 2017 survey by RetailMeNot, 54 percent of consumers plan to begin holiday shopping before Black Friday.

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Do You Have a Christmas Gift Budget? Why Not?

Christmas will be here before you know it. Have you given thought about the gifts you will purchase for friends and family?  While it’s important to realize Christmas is not always about gifts and money, it is an opportunity to be generous.  Even if you’re normally frugal, Christmas may be a time to spend a little more than you ordinarily would on those you love. Splurging a little during this time of year doesn’t have to wreck your finances. Here are a few key suggestions to help establish budget for gift spending.

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12 Tips for Black Friday and Cyber Monday Shopping

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are potentially great days to be able to shop and save money.  However, these days can also be overwhelming and chaotic, forcing even the savviest shoppers to make quick decisions, impulse purchases and potentially overpay. Here are some steps to help get the deals you want, stay on budget and not lose your cool.

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6 Reasons Your Bank Loan May Have Been Denied

If you have ever had a personal loan application denied by any traditional lending institution, it can leave you with limited options. There are many reasons a bank or traditional lender might deny a loan. Because banks have very stringent underwriting guidelines to determine who is credit worthy they may deny applicants who do not have the best credit histories.  

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Budget Tips to Curtail Your Halloween Spending

Halloween is notorious for being an expensive holiday. Planning ahead and creating a budget before you shop can help keep you organized, save you money and put you on track for a successful holiday season.

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Aren't Debt and Bad Credit the Same?

Achieving and maintaining financial fitness starts with having the right information. It is important to understand the key components of a healthy financial outlook and how to optimize them to your advantage.

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6 Ways to Start Saving More Money for Emergency Expenses

Saving money can be a challenge for most people, but it's not impossible. Yet, if you were suddenly hit with an unexpected bill or emergency, would you have the cash to cover it? According to a recent report by CNN Money, nearly 40% of Americans don't have enough savings to cover a $400 unplanned expense. Living paycheck to paycheck can be stressful, but there are ways to set something aside each month for savings and retirement. Here are six strategies to start saving more money, even when funds are limited.

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Get Money Fast for a Financial Emergency

It can happen to anyone at any time - you’re navigating along through life just fine when, without warning, an unexpected expense comes out of nowhere. You may not have enough funds saved to cover the cost, so now you need money and you need it fast. The question you ask yourself is, "where do I turn to get money for my financial emergency?"

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