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SMART Strategies to Save Up for Something Big

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Saving up for something big—or just working to pay down a debt—can feel like an overwhelming task, especially at the outset. As with most big goals, standing on the bottom of the proverbial mountain and looking up past the clouds is just about the worst way to go about psyching yourself up to get there. […]

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Rid Yourself of Costly Toxins with a New Year’s Financial Cleanse

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Ever tried a detox diet, fasting or a cleanse? Touted by celebrities and health gurus alike, reducing your dietary intake for a set amount of time is believed by some to bring big benefits that range from enhanced mental and spiritual clarity and improved circulation to a general feeling of lightness and rejuvenation. Given the state of […]

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America’s 17 Most In-Demand Jobs (and What They Pay)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects these 17 occupations will have the most new jobs in the next eight years. If you want to be in demand, consider one of these professions! There is no shortage of “help wanted” ads for these occupations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, they have the highest projected […]

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Lifestyle Creep: When Your Wants Become Your Needs

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Let’s daydream for a second: How would your life change over the next year if you suddenly had an additional $500 to spend each month? How about an extra $1,000? Would you upgrade your cellphone? Finally do those bathroom renovations and buy a decent vacuum cleaner? What about trading in the family car for something […]

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The Unique Financial Circumstances of Unmarried Couples

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Tips for Navigating This New Financial Terrain A lot has changed about marriage in America in the past few decades: millennials are marrying later in life, children are increasingly born to unwed parents and the rate of marriage itself is steadily declining. That doesn’t mean Americans are shunning committed relationships, however. Instead, more and more […]

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The Gift of Insurance: Financial Peace-of-Mind Wrapped in a Bow

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If you’ve got loved ones out in the working world, consider forgoing the gift cards, fancy phones, and high-tech appliances this holiday season. Instead, give them something you won’t find in any store: financial peace-of-mind. SafetyNet® job loss insurance provides just that. Created for workers with a less-than-hefty savings account, it’s an inexpensive solution to […]

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The Pitfalls of Black Friday

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Shop Smarter By Knowing the Tricks of the Trade It wasn’t so long ago that Black Friday took place on just one day and entirely within brick-and-mortar stores with local TV crews clamoring to cover the overnight spenders. It was, after all, the most lucrative retail day of the year. Recently, of course, the internet […]

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Think You Don’t Need Income Insurance? Think Again

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SafetyNet® income insurance provides a lump-sum of cash—no matter what your credit score, savings status or income level is—if you lose your job unexpectedly or can’t work due to illness or injury. Income insurance is a new type of insurance coverage, so naturally you’re skeptical about why you would need it. You may feel safe […]

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Easy and Cheap Handcrafted Holiday Gifts

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Whether creativity is natural or something that can be learned is a debate not likely to be resolved any time soon. Meanwhile, however, holidays, birthdays and other causes for celebration continue to challenge everyone to find inexpensive, unique and personal ways of expressing their love to family and friends. If you’re drawn to the idea […]

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Why We Spend: The Psychology of Spending Money

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It’s likely no surprise that money is a leading cause of stress among most Americans. Financial decisions—whether making purchases, paying down debt or building up savings—require willpower, good judgment and discipline. Why is it, however, that even when people aren’t in the midst of a financial crisis or vicious cycle of debt, making ends meet […]