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Simple Steps to Manage Your Finances

Managing your finances can be complicated. Most people find themselves juggling financial priorities such as paying down debt, starting an emergency savings fund, saving for college or contributing to a retirement account. The first week of August is National Simplify Your Life Week and M&I, a part of BMO Financial Group, suggests these tactics to
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Don’t Be Caught Without a Life Insurance Policy

In a comprehensive study published in the journal Social Science & Medicine, 2010, researchers discovered significant spikes in both cardiac and non-cardiac deaths during the holidays. Researchers looked at 57.5 million U.S. death certificates spanning the years 1979 to 2004. It found 42,325 more people died of natural causes during the two-week Christmas/New Year holiday
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Cut Crime and Save Money with a Home Security System

Some of the nation’s insurance companies are encouraging homeowners to install monitored security systems by offering them substantial discounts on homeowner’s insurance. “A survey of the 10 largest insurance companies offering homeowners coverage found premium discounts up to 20% if a home is equipped with a monitored alarm system,” said Dom D’Ascoli, president of the
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CDC: High School Smoking Rate Reaches New Low

According to a recent statement by Matthew L. Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the recently released Youth Risk Behavior Survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), shows that the U.S. has cut high school smoking by more than half since rates peaked in 1997; the smoking rate reached a
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Baby Boomers Keeping Their Eyes on the Retirement Prize

In a survey of still-working adults age 55 and older, the majority of the respondents say they are not delaying retirement and believe they will be financially prepared to retire when the time comes. PulteGroup is the parent company of Del Webb –a brand of active adult retirement communities – and has been surveying the
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4 Tips to Keeping Homeowners’ Insurance Costs Down

Saving money has never been so trendy. Long gone are the days of irresponsible spending, so why be irresponsible with your homeowners insurance? Taking a little bit of time to research your options might just help you save a little in the wallet and put more in the bank. Here are four tips from homeownersinsurance.net:
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Foundation Facts: Things to Consider When Repairing

With foundation repair costs in the thousands of dollars, most homeowners have to find ways to finance the project. What can make the project even more cost-consuming is choosing the wrong company and dealing with a botched job. As always, before plunging a large amount of money into any project, the homeowner needs to be
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Getting Smart About Your Debt

Americans’ recent push to eliminate their debt is placing many families at risk. The most recent Federal Reserve Bank of New York Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit shows that Americans reduced their debt by approximately $100 billion since the fourth quarter of 2011. However, according to Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. Consumer Advocate
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