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5 simple ways to stay connected as a family on a budget
(BPT) - School's out, summer's here and the family is ready for some fun-in-the-sun memory making! It's the perfect time to bond, catch up and enjoy the slower pace of the season. However, with fun on the brain, it's easy to find yourself dipping into pockets a bit more for ice cream treats and new... More >>


New ways to comparison shop for health care
(BPT) - As our nation seeks solutions to help improve the health care system, there is at least one goal we can all agree on: the importance of making health care quality and cost information more accessible to all Americans.This is an important effort that has the potential to help improve health ... More >>


Credit union or bank: What's right for you?
(BPT) - The banking and credit union worlds are as much the same as they are different. Both are eager to earn your business and to provide you with loans, mortgages, savings and checking accounts. With that said, there are some significant differences between the two financial institutions. In tod... More >>


How to make sure your financial advisor is working in your best interest
(BPT) - Let's face it: finances can be complicated. Whether opening a new investment account, saving for your child's college fund or rolling over a 401(k), sometimes you need professional financial help.But who to turn to? A financial advisor can be a great resource for professional guidance so th... More >>


Crunching dollars and planning weddings: How to financially plan for the big day
(BPT) - Attending most weddings, with the exception of your creepy uncle's third marriage, is great. You eat free food, get to dance to music and leave without having to take part in the cleanup or the costs.It gets a little different when you're the one footing the bill. Then you're confronted wit... More >>


3 reasons to go cashless
(BPT) - The dollar, the euro, the pound, the yen… the currency people use around the world has many different names, but it all shares something in common. Paper forms of currency are out and digital payments are in. The security and convenience of card based electronic payments and digi... More >>


How savvy Wi-Fi use saves data and dollars
(BPT) - Access to cellular data has become the lifeblood of communications in the 21st century. We stay connected to keep up with news, weather and sports, listen to music, check email, watch movies and videos or grab new apps that let us do even more. With today's technology, a few clicks on your ... More >>


How the state you live in affects your college savings strategy
(BPT) - The cost of a four-year college degree now hovers around the $100,000 mark, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics. While high college costs seem universal these days, college savings strategies are far from a one-size-fits-all. Many factors influence how you'll... More >>


Seeking a small business loan? What you should know
(BPT) - Small businesses still struggle to obtain credit; nearly half of those who applied for credit in 2016 didn't get all the funding they sought, and 17 percent of those who didn't apply for financing skipped it because they didn't think they could get what they needed, according to the Federal... More >>


Finding success in direct sales
(BPT) - What's better than being your own boss, setting your own hours, determining your own salary and having an office wherever you happen to be? It's a Utopian idea that is reality for tens of thousands of people working independently in direct sales worldwide. But getting there isn't easy. It t... More >>


Tips to prepare your budget before buying a home
(BPT) - It's virtually impossible to know what size home you can afford if you aren't fully aware of how much money you are earning and how much you are spending each month.Start with your income: How much do you bring home after taxes and retirement plan contributions?Next, look at your expenses: ... More >>


Break from basic at home and away [Infographic]
(BPT) - A new survey uncovers the majority of Americans describe time off from work as 'basic' or 'chill' (53 percent) - far more so than 'eventful' (15 percent) or 'adventurous' (13 percent) - but are willing to break from basic.The survey, commissioned by the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card ... More >>


3 tips to save money every wedding guest should know
(BPT) - Wedding season fills summer weekends with nuptials, and while we enjoy celebrating the bride and groom, all the 'something borrowed and something blue' adds up to some serious green. In fact, a new survey from Bankrate.com (April 2017) found that nearly half of those surveyed - 47 percent -... More >>


How to use your home equity in retirement
(BPT) - Most of us save and plan for decades to enjoy the period of our life when we no longer need to go into the office and work an eight-hour day for a paycheck.But even with those decades of hard work, it can be tough to save up enough cash to cover all your costs in retirement. Many soon-to-be... More >>


4 strategies to grow your finances in retirement
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5 Investment Strategies That Can Outlast Market Spikes
(BPT) - You're familiar with the saying 'If it seems too good to be true, it probably is'?Just like any other scheme to 'get rich quick,' attempting to buy low and sell high based on intermittent fluctuations in the stock market-also known as 'market timing'-is almost always a losing proposition ov... More >>


7 tips for balancing retirement savings and paying for college
(BPT) - Most people want to help their children pay for a quality college education, but it can be difficult to balance personal financial goals and funding your kids' educational aspirations. When retirement savings is sacrificed for college costs, it can be a disservice to the entire family.To he... More >>


Tips to help save money on prescription drug costs
(BPT) - Modern medications can work wonders, improving quality of life, curing illness and even saving lives. However, those miracles can come at a high cost, as anyone who's had to pay for branded prescription medication knows. In fact, spending on prescription drugs has increased 73 percent in th... More >>


5 steps that can improve your credit score in 100 days or less
(BPT) - Low interest rates, a strong economy and the turn of the seasons are all causing the real estate market to heat up. More homes on the market bring more competition to buy the inventory that is out there. And one way to stand apart from other buyers who are vying for their dream home is to t... More >>


3 tips when buying a used car
(BPT) - If you're in the market for a used vehicle, the car-buying process can be both an exciting and daunting experience. Whether you are a first-time buyer or looking for a different model, a car is one of the largest purchases you will ever make. It's not only important to make sure you have th... More >>


A smarter way to buy a home
(BPT) - Are you considering buying a home? With mortgage rates on the slow and steady incline, there may be no better time for a home purchase than now. Mortgage interest rates will likely continue to go up for the foreseeable future, according to recent data from the housing finance company Freddi... More >>


5 tips to find the financial advisor to match your retirement goals
(BPT) - The idea of retirement may start out as a distant dream. You have hopes and plans for that special time that seems so far away. Sooner or later that time will be here and hopefully you'll be ready.However, recent research shows many people are not prepared to enjoy a financially stable reti... More >>


3 steps to becoming a savvier online shopper
(BPT) - Every day, people use data to influence their decision making - from where to go for dinner, to selecting stocks in which they should invest, to where to live. Every Google search we perform, every Yelp review read or written, each item of clothing, houseware or electronic device we put in ... More >>


Rogue retirement account? Expert advice to reduce rollover stress
(BPT) - It's happened to almost everyone: you leave a job and have a retirement account that you are no longer actively contributing to. It sits there for months - maybe years - because you're not sure exactly where to move it or what the process is like to roll it over. You know that money could p... More >>


Ready to start saving? Sometimes the best rates can be found across state lines
(BPT) - With interest rates on the rise, now is a great time to start saving. Whether you want to put away money for a large purchase - such as a down payment on a new home or to purchase a vehicle - or you need a secure way to generate a return on money you've already set aside, certificates of de... More >>


Changing weather patterns leave homeowners underinsured
(BPT) - The U.S. has experienced significant shifts in the frequency, severity and locations of natural disasters - including floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires - during the past decade.As a result, more than 800 emergency or disaster declarations were made in the U.S. from 2005-2015, acco... More >>


Survey: African-Americans passionate about homeownership, but fewer own homes
(BPT) - More than any other demographic group, African-Americans perceive homeownership as an integral component of the American Dream, and a way to build security and wealth for their families, according to a recent survey.The poll by Ipsos Public Affairs, conducted on behalf of Wells Fargo, found... More >>



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