06.21.16
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Personal Finance 101: What Is a Cashier’s Check and How Do I Get One?

“Cashier’s check” is one of those financial terms you may have heard thrown around, but what does it really mean? How is a cashier’s check

06.14.16

Personal Finance 101: What Is a Money Market Account?

If you’ve run across the term “money market account” at your bank, you’ve probably wondered what it means. While it might sound kind of imposing, a

06.11.16

Personal Finance 101: What Is a Certificate of Deposit?

If you’re looking for a place to stash your money for a longer period of time than a regular checking or savings account, you may

06.08.16
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How to Break Out of the Overdraft Cycle

Most of us are familiar with overdrafts, whether it’s something we’ve actually done ourselves or not. We write a check for an amount greater than

05.28.16
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How to Escape the Trap of Expensive Banking

One of the most powerful articles I’ve ever read is “When You’re Poor, Money Is Expensive,” in the Atlantic. The article lays out in incredible detail

03.28.16
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The Best High-Interest Savings Accounts Online for 2016

The Federal Reserve recently raised interest rates for the first time in a decade, but don’t expect the savings accounts at your brick-and-mortar bank to notice. Rates

03.23.16
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Three Painful Bank Fees (and How to Avoid Them)

We’ve always known that banks make major money off fees. Just how much has often been tricky to say, but for the first time last

02.11.16
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What Should I Do With My Newfound Money?

It happens several times in the lives of most adults. For some unexpected reason, you suddenly have more money than you had yesterday. Maybe that

01.30.16
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How to Avoid Feeling Disconnected from the Numbers

I’ve been saving for retirement in some fashion or another since I was 22 years old. That means I’ve been accumulating money in various retirement

01.17.16

Best Personal Checking Account Promotions in 2016

If you need a new checking account, banks from coast to coast are offering attractive promotional bonuses to lure your business. A bank checking account

12.27.15
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New Year’s Resolutions: Six Ways to Hack the 52-Week Money Challenge

New Year’s is nearly upon us, and with it the chance to start fresh and make some changes in our lives. The most common New Year’s resolution is to

12.13.15
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Best Savings Account in 2016

Looking for places to grow your money without much risk is difficult these days, but finding the best savings account might be a good place

12.06.15
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How to Find the Best CD Rates in 2016

The best CD rates largely depend on how long you’re willing to have your money tied up. As of January 2016, the average one-year CD

12.02.15
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Credit vs. Debit: Which Card Should You Use Online?

In case you hadn’t heard, most banks and businesses began transitioning their credit cards and credit card terminals away from magnetic stripes and toward EMV technology on

11.30.15

How to Find the Best Mortgage Rates in 2016

The best mortgage rates are still at historic lows heading into 2016. According to the St. Louis Federal Reserve, average 30 year fixed mortgage rates

11.04.15
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Why Your Teen Should Open a Checking Account

My parents had me open my first checking account when I was around 13 or 14. I didn’t realize how valuable this simple step of

10.30.15
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Budgeting Software Showdown: Alternatives to Mint.com

Since its founding in 2006, Mint.com has grown from a small financial startup into a formidable personal finance tool with more than 15 million users.

10.11.15
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The Tortoise in Your Portfolio

“Rule No. 1 is never lose money. Rule No. 2 is never forget Rule No. 1.” — Warren Buffett Buffett’s quote seems to state the

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