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8 Practical Ways to Control and Reduce Spending

Overspending: it's easy to do if you're living paycheck to paycheck where one extra emergency expense may send your financial situation over the edge. All solid financial plans involve methods for controlling and reducing spending. These less obvious, yet practical ideas may help reduce your monthly expenses.

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How to Start Building Your Credit Score the Right Way

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to be invisible? When it comes to your credit rating, you do not want to be invisible. Being “credit invisible” doesn't necessarily mean you have not had any credit activity; it means that the activity you had was not reported to any of the three major credit bureaus. Without a credit score, it can be challenging to qualify for loans or even credit cards because a lender cannot assess your credit risk.


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How to Recover from a Rejected Loan Application

If you've applied for a loan and it has been turned down, not only can this put a stop to the money you needed, it might also be an indication that your credit score isn’t as good as you thought. This might preclude you from getting a loan now or in the future.

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7 Financial Tips for Newlyweds

Marriage is an investment in each other. You will make many decisions together throughout your marriage. The toughest decisions typically revolve around money. Are you a saver? A spender? How and where should you spend it? You might be surprised to learn your beloved has very different ideas about money than you. Unfortunately, financial issues are among the top reasons why marriages fail. According to a 2017 survey by Ramsey Solutions, couples who declare they have a “great” marriage are almost twice as likely to talk about money on a regular basis compared to those who say their marriage is only “okay” or “in crisis.”

There are a few things about money and financial goals you and your loved one should discuss to make sure you’re both on the same page before taking the plunge.

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9 Easy Financial Spring Cleaning Tips

As the weather starts getting warmer it’s a reminder that spring is right around the corner.  It’s time to start focusing on spring cleaning around your house and tossing out the old and unused, keeping what’s important and cleaning items you’ve avoided all winter.  It’s also a great time to start thinking about your financial spring cleaning and dusting off your financial documents too. 

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What Does Annual Percentage Rate (APR) Mean On Your Installment Loan?

You may have seen something called APR listed on your loan documents when you borrow money.  This could be a credit card statement, a mortgage statement, or even a personal loan statement.  You may have often asked yourself, “What does ‘APR’ really mean?”.  You should understand the math behind calculating an APR to help make informed decisions on which type of loan is best for you.

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Beware of Fraudulent Imposter Websites


Counterfeit online lending websites claiming to be legitimate installment loan providers will collect your personal information via what seems like a valid application process.

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What Is Revolving Credit?

There are many different types of credit available to consumers today. Making sure you are informed about what is available and how different account types can impact your credit rating is crucial to making right decisions.

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11 Tips to Lower Your Energy Bills This Winter

Winter is here and with it comes colder temperatures.  Depending on where you live, you may need to heat your home or apartment.  Heating a house or apartment can be expensive because energy bills may go up significantly during the colder months. But, there is good news, there are several simple steps that can be taken to keep your winter energy bill from skyrocketing.

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Avoid These 8 Common Tax Return Mistakes

Tax Season is upon us again and millions of Americans may put off filing until just before the April 15 deadline. Government cutbacks over the past few years have resulted in a number of layoffs of IRS agents, and subsequently, the number of tax audits has been falling, but don’t be fooled into thinking “I’ll never get audited.” Roughly one million Americans will be audited this coming year[1].  These audits do not include filers whose returns were sent back for mistakes. 

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