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U.S. financial and economic topics from several finance writers.

Credit Freezes Are Now Free for Everyone

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Placing a security freeze on your credit report is one of the best ways to protect yourself from identity theft and thanks to changes in federal law, you can now do it for free. What is a Credit Report Freeze?   Freezing your credit report locks it to new inquiries. Businesses that use credit information in their lending decisions would decline an application when they can’t access your credit report. Would-be identity thieves would fail...
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I am very glad this is free now, because it can be a great tool for the consumer!
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 14:26
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How Much Will You Spend On a New Car?

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According to Kelley Blue Book , the average cost of a new car is approximately $36,000. For some, this may be the perfect price point. For others, it may be entirely too expensive. As you shop for a new vehicle, it’s important to do so with your budget in mind. If you don’t, you could fall prey to all the bells and whistles, thus paying more than you can comfortably afford. Here are three basic...
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My philosophy on purchasing cars is to buy used, a car with less than 40,000 miles. I feel this is where you can get the best deal... Read More
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 14:25
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Here’s Why You Should Shop for Baby Supplies Online

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It doesn’t matter how many children you have, you’ll soon come to realize that keeping your house fully stocked with supplies would be in your best interest. After all, you never want to find that you’re out of diapers, formula, or another essential item. While you can always purchase what you need at a local big box store, there are many reasons to get into the habit of buying online: •    Lower prices. There’s no...
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Great points Chris, and especially true in the early years. The conveniences of online shopping usually makes it worthwhile for ex... Read More
Saturday, 15 September 2018 12:58
Frank
ChrisB, How about testing these products out? Is there any benefit to seeing some of these products in person?
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 14:24
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What to Look for in a Hotel Credit Card

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Most major hotel chains offer a co-branded credit card that allow you to earn points that you can use toward hotel stays. Frequent travelers can benefit from having a hotel credit card. Depending on the card you choose, you may be able to earn rewards on all your credit card purchases, not just your hotel purchases. Take a look at multiple hotel credit cards and compare them to decide which hotel credit card would best suit you. The...
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There is an incredible American Express Marriott/SPG credit card deal going on. I would highly recommend looking into this card if... Read More
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 14:24
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How do you Know When it’s a Good Time to Purchase a House?

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A home purchase is a huge decision. There is a lot to factor in, and it may end up being the biggest financial purchase you make in your life. Below are a few indications that would let you know you might be ready to buy a home. 20% in Savings : Many people/websites have different opinions on this, but I recommend having at least 20% of your home purchase in savings you can use as...
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Tips and Tricks to Help Save for Your Children’s Future

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Saving for you children’s future is on every parent’s mind. Given it can be a long way away, many parents can defer their children’s savings to a later time. This is a huge mistake and can lead to an under-funded savings. Below are a few tips and tricks to help save for your children’s future.  Start as early as you can : Even its $25 a month, start saving when the baby is born. It...
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I just started a 529 plan for my future child!
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 14:26
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How Much Does it Cost to Have a Baby?

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When a family is expecting a new baby, there is certainly a lot of emotions. Lots of excitement, joy, and likely some stress. One thing to consider and to prepare yourself for is the expected expense of having a baby. High level it is not cheap! There certainly is a lot of variation depending on where you live, the type of birth you have, and what kind of insurance you have. However below is a...
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How to be a Sports Fan on a Budget

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With college football season about to kick off this weekend and the NFL season kicking off next weekend, many people are very excited! Football fans are very loyal to their teams and many want to enjoy the football season as much as possible. However, sports can be very expensive and you can easily blow past your budget without thinking. Below, I have put together a few tips and tricks on how to be a loyal...
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It May be Time to Move on to a New Credit Card

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In a perfect world, you’d obtain a credit card and use it for the rest of your life. However, as the years go by, you may come to find that the credit card you once loved is no longer what it used to be. There are times when it makes sense to move on to a new credit card. Here are a few situations that often call for a change: •    Variable rate is climbing....
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I have used other cards over time as new cards come to market and they are better deals. However, I never cancel my cards so I can... Read More
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 14:22
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How to Use a Store Credit Card the Right Way

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Much of the advice you read about store credit cards is that you should avoid them at all costs. The high interest rates and low credit limits aren’t the most attractive features for a credit card . Plus, if you’re not disciplined, you could be tempted to rack up more debt than you can afford to. Store credit cards aren’t all bad. The savings and rewards can be lucrative, especially for stores you already shop...
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I am usually against store credit cards because the returns don't outweigh the benefits. Only in unique situations where you spend... Read More
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 14:21
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